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Mysterious remark

"The events caused alarm among the Crimean Tatar ethnic group, whose members were deported en masse to Central Asia in 1944 under orders from Joseph Stalin, claiming a huge death toll." What this information has to do with the modern events? I am confused. If they live in Central Asia, then why are they alarmed, they don't live in Crimea? If they live in Crimea, then what this deportation has to do with their alarmness per the modern events? - 92.100.172.152 (talk) 15:33, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

they were deported by the russians and now russians annexed their land again, so they are obviously alarmed.--Львівське (говорити) 16:02, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
User:Lvivske, they were deported by Stalin and the Soviet leadership, not "the Russians". Oops, your xenophobia is showing. LokiiT (talk) 00:59, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Russian soldiers, Russian state, you're arguing semantics. The Russian Federation is the legal successor to the USSR, as you may be aware. Changing its name doesn't absolve it of its actions.--Львівське (говорити) 01:02, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't really agree with your reasoning here. The People's Republic of China is the legal successor to the Qin dynasty, however that doesn't mean that the China of today is responsible for the massacre of intelligentsia between 213 and 210 BC. The Soviet Union was a multiethnic and multinational political entity, the army consisted of Russians, Kazakhs, Armenians, Ukranians and Belorussians, and the leader was a Georgian. Arguing that the deportations were "Russian" because the Russian Federation is the successor state to the Soviet Union is kind of stretching it. --benlisquareTCE 07:23, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but that's like saying Germany isn't responsible for Nazi Germany because they changed names. Your Chinese example doesn't hold up either, if I had said "X was killed by the Chinese" and you said "that's Qin Dynasty Chinese not People's Republic Chinese, it doesn't count" that would be equally as flippant.--Львівське (говорити) 14:18, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Ah, that. Funny. In that case, it is better to explain it with more words, that is explicitly, otherwise it's not clear what is meant. You see, obviousness of link is lacking. (How something that happened seventy years ago for its own reasons can affect modern considerations in the world where those reasons are already not relevant, and relevant are other things?..). "Confused" part was not a joke, I really was confused. - 92.100.172.152 (talk) 00:31, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
A version (please edit for better English): "The events caused alarm among the Crimean Tatar ethnic group; one reason of their alarmness is that in 1944 many of its members were deported en masse to Central Asia in 1944 under orders from Joseph Stalin, claiming a huge death toll, so now some of them [who?] think something of this kind may happen again". To me, it sounds funny, but I think it is possible to find the sources (given that you say the phrase has this sense, so you've probably already found some with these claims), so it's fine. Where do we put it, in the lede or in the body, is the second question, but the first question is what explicit thing should be said. - 92.100.172.152 (talk) 00:50, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
It's not a mysterious remark, and it's clearly relevant, at least to the article body. I'm not sure if it really belongs in the lead, since it obviously has a political content as well (however true it may be). -Darouet (talk) 19:23, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
I would agree with it not being in lede. Its too controversial for any opening. It has potential in mainspace somewhere, but the refs must be provided for this assertion in any case. Irondome (talk) 00:58, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
I'd just say more exactly what made me feel mysterious. That Crimean Tatars "are alarmed" is not mysterious. What is mysterious is the cited reason: Tatars themselves probably have in their stock better reasons than a reference to a historical event that happened long ago. So it is just better to see who exactly brought this one (Gülnara Abdulayeva? Andrew Wilson?). At least, it may not be the first and most important reason, it'd be just funny: the times when deportations of peoples were the Right Thing are long gone. - 92.100.172.152 (talk) 01:23, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
Please remember that the victims of such crimes tend to have longer memories. Suppose your whole ethnic group was deported from its homeland, and nearly half died, and some of you managed to return. You would be quite alarmed if said homeland (now filled with the dominant ethnic group of the state that deported your ancestors) was taken over by the that ethnic group's nation, a large part of which regrets ceasing to be the aforementioned deporting state. You say that such crimes are "long gone," but there are genocides continuing right now, far from the wealthy idealists; if the unthinkable happened, no one would do anything for the Tatars. Russia may not be the USSR, but their unease is nothing strange.--Martin Berka (talk) 15:53, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Requested move2

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was no consensus. --BDD (talk) 23:20, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine2014 Russian military intervention in the Crimean Peninsula – The current article title is obviously not NPOV. The current title "2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine" denies that Crimea legitimately became independent prior to annexation by Russia. The hatnote on this article is undisputed: "This article is about the Russian annexation of Crimea." Both Russia and Crimea claim that this annexation happened AFTER Crimea became independent of Ukraine. Ukraine says the opposite. The proposed move does not take any position on this question. Lots of reliable sources refer to the Russian “intervention in Crimea” or "intervention in the Crimean Peninsula". Many sources also refer to potential U.S. “intervention in Ukraine”, and also potential Russian “intervention in Ukraine”, but the intervention that has actually already happened is characterized most reliably and neutrally as “2014 Russian military intervention in the Crimean Peninsula” as proposed. Anythingyouwant (talk) 23:51, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

P.S. I have notified the people who !voted in the previous move request.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:25, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Oppose we had this debate countless times. you can't will Crimea not part of Ukraine, even if annexed. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 23:58, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Your second sentence is incomprehensible. Regarding the first, I don't see any repetition; the previous proposal ("2014 Russian military intervention in the Crimea") was rejected because Crimea does not include Sevastapol, and because "Crimean Peninsula" should replace "Crimea" which is exactly what is now proposed.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:02, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
yeah yeah...spare me. it's clear you have an agenda. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 00:03, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the agenda is NPOV. Unlike the present title, the proposed one does not say whether Crimea is part of Ukraine or not.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:05, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
No. Agenda is making Crimea separate from Ukraine. which it is not. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 00:06, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
The proposed title does not say that.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:14, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
It does.Lugnuthemvar (talk) 00:24, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
No, the military invention was 99.999% in the Crimean Peninsula, which may be part of Ukraine, it may be part of Russia, it may be independent, or it may be part of Montana—the proposed title does not say.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:29, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Crimea is(was) part of Ukraine. It wasn't up for grabs. Which makes it intervention in Ukraine. Implying anything less, diminishes the assault on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Besides, didn't Putin say he was in Ukraine to protect russians? there are Russians elsewhere in big numbers. No, the (military) target was Crimea. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 00:32, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Referring to a geographical location does not imply that Ukraine does not have a legitimate claim to the area, nor does it question the sovereignty of Ukraine. "2008 Detroit riots" does not imply that Detroit is not part of the United States. The title is supposed to address specificity; Ukraine is a big place, and not all of it is relevant to the topic presented in this article. Are we really having this argument?

You make the bold claim that the RM initiator is making this request in bad faith. In fact, the one who appears more likely to have an "agenda" would not be the RM initiator, but rather you; I don't see anything written by the RM initiator that may suggest an undeniable attempt to POV push, meanwhile, it seems that, from this entire talk page, that you are adamant of thwarting any attempt of making the title less vague and non-specific, which makes me suspect that your intention is to make the page appear as if all of Ukraine is being trampled by the steel boots of the Moskali. --benlisquareTCE 00:39, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Right. But it's not just about specificity. It's also about neutrality. Lugnuthemvar has a POV, and other people oppose that POV,[1] and we should be neutral.Anythingyouwant (talk) 00:44, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I am not invested in either Ukraine or Russia. If this isn't such a big deal, then why so forceful in changing it? My guess you don't wan't Crimea to be associated with Ukraine. I'm not the one with the POV issue here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lugnuthemvar (talkcontribs) 00:53, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
How about you stop making assumptions about the mindset of the person initiating the RM and assume good faith? Not everyone is a boogeyman out to get you. Address the content of the arguments, and not wildly speculate over the characteristics of the person. --benlisquareTCE 00:57, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Please assume good faith. I don't see anything in Anythingyouwant's edits that warrants such accusations. Stephen J Sharpe (talk) 01:00, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Speculate what? Crimea legally belongs to Ukraine. What' the purpose of renaming/changing/deleting it? And why so fervent in with the attempts of it? Assume what you want, but a lot of people want this page GONE. I find that amusing. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 01:05, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
The purpose of renaming it? I've told you multiple times regarding the reason for a move. Are you intentionally ignoring everything that I say? --benlisquareTCE 02:32, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose on two grounds: there is evidence of Russian military intervention all over the Ukraine, and there is no implicit or explicit recognition of Crimean UDI in either the existing or the proposed title, thus is a red herring. -- Ohc ¡digame! 01:08, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
For those unaware, "UDI" stands for "Unilateral Declaration of Independence". The hatnote on the present article says: "This article is about the Russian annexation of Crimea." The comment that "there is no implicit or explicit recognition of Crimean UDI in either the existing or the proposed title" makes no sense to me. The problem is that the existing title denies the UDI, given the hatnote, by claiming that annexation of Crimea intervened in Ukraine, meaning that Crimea has never been independent. As for alleged Russian intervention throughout Ukraine, yes, that's been well-established, along with US and EU intervention throughout Ukraine, but the issue here is military intervention, which has been 99% in the Crimean Peninsula, and the remaining 1% has almost all been very close to that peninsula. That stuff can be mentioned in this article due to being closely related, just like Yoko Ono can be mentioned in the article about John Lennon.Anythingyouwant (talk) 01:25, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
"there is evidence of Russian military intervention all over the Ukraine" - that's news to me. Can you elaborate on this? Stephen J Sharpe (talk) 01:41, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Didn't the intervention begin before the declaration of independence? If so, wouldn't Crimea had been considered to be a part of Ukraine by all parties in the first days of the intervention? That said, since the intervention is ongoing and includes a time when Crimea's status is disputed I think the proposed move is NPOV. Also seems more focused. Stephen J Sharpe (talk) 01:14, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Comment A minor point - should peninsula be capitalized? Stephen J Sharpe (talk) 01:14, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
Yup, per Crimean Peninsula.Anythingyouwant (talk) 01:15, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose While Crimea is currently under the occupation of Russia, which is "considered to be an illegal opposition" by most of the world, it does not change the actual facts that Crimea, although occupied, is part of Ukraine. The proposed title will also not cover the incursions into the greater part of Ukraine north of the peninsula which has been covered in reliable sources. JOJ Hutton 01:18, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
By saying that Crimea is part of Ukraine, you are denying the legitimacy of Crimea's declaration of independence. While you may be correct to do so, it is a POV, and not something that should be said in the voice of Wikipedia. Regarding incursions outside of the Crimean Peninsula, they have been negligible in comparison, almost all have been immediately next to that peninsula, and the hatnote on the present article says that this article is about annexation of Crimea, not stuff in other areas. That stuff can be mentioned in this article due to being closely related, just like Yoko Ono can be mentioned in the article about John Lennon.Anythingyouwant (talk) 01:33, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
The incursions into a couple of villages outside Crimea is not notable enough to affect the title. It'd be like arguing that the Iraq War should be called "The Middle Eastern War" because American forces have occasionally launched incursions into the border regions of Syria and Iran. The notion that "Crimea, although occupied, is part of Ukraine" is clearly disputed and Wikipedia can't take sides. Even if all the world was opposed to the intervention, we would still have to treat it as a disputed issue. Per WP:NPOV, we must represent all significant views. The Russian and Crimean government's views are significant and the title has to reflect that. Stephen J Sharpe (talk) 02:08, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
The Vietnam War took place in Cambodia and Laos, but it's still called the Vietnam War. The Ho Chi Minh trail went through Cambodia, and American bombs were dropped on Cambodia. Hence, the second part of your argument doesn't hold as much substance as it should. As for the first part, again you're ignoring that the title would be referring to geographical Crimea, and has nothing to do with undermining Ukraine's sovereignty. The 2008 Sichuan earthquake does not imply that geographical Sichuan is not part of China, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami doesn't imply that geographical Tohoku is not part of Japan, and the October 2007 California wildfires doesn't imply that California is not part of the United States. In essence, you are making an irrelevant conclusion here by stating that using "Crimean peninsula" would infer that Ukrainian sovereignty be undermined. --benlisquareTCE 02:23, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I'm not the one denying anything, reliable sources are confirming what I am saying. And reliable sources confirm that Crimea is still considered parer of Ukraine. Have a problem with that then take it up with the reliable sources.--JOJ Hutton 01:36, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
Excuse me dear sir, but it appears you are moving the goalposts. --benlisquareTCE 19:05, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
Whatever. Read the sources and you will see that most of the world STILL considers Crimea as legally part of Ukraine. An occupied part of a nation is not considered part of the invading country if other nations do not recognize it.--JOJ Hutton 14:19, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Support I agree that the proposed title is more specific and does not present a POV - to date the Russian military incursion has been limited to Crimea (and a neighboring village). The article deals with only armed forces; the title does not preclude the presence of Russian non-military agents operating elsewhere in Ukraine. I agree with Benlisquare that the proposed title itself makes no claim that the Crimean Peninsula does not belong to Ukraine.Nomadic Whitt (talk) 04:08, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support: Specificity. Ukraine is big. Ukraine is huge. Ukraine is massive. Ukraine is the size of Sweden and Kuzka's mother combined, if not larger. By stating that the intervention took place in "Ukraine", we are being too vague and non-specific, which is at odds with what is usually done on Wikipedia. It is not uncommon to be more specific by referring to geographical regions within countries (e.g. 2010 Yushu earthquake, March 2012 Damascus bombings) without actually questioning the sovereignty of any country, nation or sovereign state. --benlisquareTCE 04:27, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support as second choice, with first choice being the merge with 2014 Crimean crisis As per OP, Nomadic Whitt, Benlisquare. Other's are engaging in WP:OR in making various arguments about the status of Crimea. Incidentally, I believe that Crimea was an autonomous republic under Ukraine, but before it was gifted to Ukraine during the Soviet era (1954), it had been an integral part of Russia for 250 years.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 05:19, 23 March 2014, etc. (UTC)
      • Check the section above Talk:2014_Russian_military_intervention_in_Ukraine#Belligerents, as the comments there to the effect that it is a military conflict only would seem to clearly indicate that this needs to be simply incorporated into the "Crisis" article as a section. Otherwise, there will be endless back-and-forth POV nonsense here as to what is relevant to the "intervention" and what isn't. Obviously all RS statements are relevant, so the POV forking here, which will only facilitate soap boxing, calls for a merge.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 08:47, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I noticed that I overlooked the fact that the RfC is still ongoing above, and I would support directly merging this into the 2014 Crimea Crisis article, which is where it will eventually wind up at any rate, as opposed to making these stutter steps in that direction. Still, the current title is the least desirable.--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 12:04, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
I agree that the merge would be best. So I !voted for it, and also !voted here for the move. If the merge fails, but the move succeeds, then I think the new name of this article will help it get merged in the future.Anythingyouwant (talk) 14:59, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Per OP, I've made the same argument countless times. LokiiT (talk) 07:20, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose—I'm opposing for two reasons: 1) when a military incursion happens into another country, it is most usual to discuss the country that made the incursion/intervention into another country, not into some particular province of the country. For example, if the US military makes an incursion into Alberta, Canada, we would say the United States made a military intervention into Canada, not the United States made a military intervention into Alberta; after all, military forces are typically formed and identified with the national sovereign, not the provincial govenernment. 2) regardless of what Crimea or the Crieman Penninsula is today, or ends up being, at the time of the military intervention the territory was clearly and unambiguously a part of the country of Ukraine, as recognized by all countries, and the UN, and even the country of Russia by a couple of different treaties etc. since 1991. So this article, is about that historical event in early March of 2014: Russian military forces intervened in an adjacent country, the country/nation of Ukraine. N2e (talk) 01:44, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
My understanding is that, by treaty, Russia was entitled to have up to 25,000 personnel in Crimea. Did they exceed that number prior to the Crimean Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI)? I don't think so, but even if they did exceed that number, so the incursion began prior to the UDI, the present article covers not only the incursion before the UDI but also after. Regarding "incursions" into sections of countries, please see 2008 Turkish incursion into northern Iraq.Anythingyouwant (talk) 01:52, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Crimea was (at the time) part of Ukraine. Thus the intervention was in the Ukraine. This is not a POV title. --Stephen C Wells (talk) 15:08, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I hope the closing admin weighs each !vote by quality of argument and not sheer number. People always seem to not actually carefully read the contents of RM discussions. Stephen C Wells, may I ask you: did the 1992 Los Angeles riots not take place within the United States, on US soil? Would you consider it a POV title, because it's not called "1992 United States riots", implying that Los Angeles is not part of the US? --benlisquareTCE 15:15, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
  • I fail to see how your comparison is relevant. Yes, articles on riots are generally titled to be specific to the area they occurred. However, this isn't about a riot. This is about a military intervention, and wiki convention is to name the whole country, not just the specific region. I stand by my vote to oppose. --Stephen C Wells (talk) 13:14, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Quote: "wiki convention is to name the whole country, not just the specific region" - no it isn't. Find me the exact policy or guideline. Soviet invasion of Manchuria is one counter-example to your claim, and by the process of proof by induction, your claim is false as there is at least one case where this isn't so. --benlisquareTCE 13:30, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Manchuria was officially an independent state at the time of the invasion. Get your facts straight, please. Also, I didn't say "policy", I said "convention". --Stephen C Wells (talk) 16:11, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Please don't tell me to get my facts straight when you yourself are utterly confused. Manchuria is not a country. It is a geographic region spanning Northeast China, parts of Inner Mongolia and the State of Mongolia, the Russian regions of Primorsky Krai and Khabarovsk Krai, and the island of Sakhalin. Do you know what "Manchuria" means? It means the homeland of the Manchus, and the Manchus came from what is today the Khabarovsk plains. A sovereign state once existed by the name of Manchukuo, however it by no means controlled the entirety of the geographical region of Manchuria, which at the time had its control divided by another sovereign state known as Mengjiang. The Manchurian steppes is, and was, home to multiple regimes and political establishments.

    And finally, "convention" is a meaningless buzzword when used in the context you're trying to force it in, as a convention would suggest on something that is widely accepted on, which clearly isn't the case, given that your "convention" can be logically negated by at least one example. If you want to argue something with concrete backing, find concrete evidence; a policy or a guideline, and no subjective and wishy-washy voodoo magic. --benlisquareTCE 19:09, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

    • I also hope that the closing admin considers WP:NPOV because it appears that those who support this move feel that Ukraine's sovereignty was not breached by Russia, but it was only Crimea that was affected. Not so, because the entire country of Ukraine was invaded, even if just in part. In fact, Crimea is still part of Ukraine, but only considered occupied as of now.--JOJ Hutton 20:21, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Quite the opposite, User:Jojhutton, it's you who said above in this talk page section "Crimea, although occupied, is part of Ukraine", and again just now you said "Crimea is still part of Ukraine". That is a POV which we are no more entitled to push than the opposite POV — that Crimea is not part of Ukraine.Anythingyouwant (talk) 20:29, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Actually its the majority world wide view. Only Russia has the opposite view. What you call POV is basically the POV of just about every nation on earth. Sources state that Russia wants to occupy the Crimean peninsula and then claim it for its own, which it has, but the majority of sources also state that the rest of the world does not recognize this annexation. Just today Russia was kicked out of the G8, now G7 as "punishment" for what the other nations, plus the EU, plus NATO, plus 13 of the 15 members of the UN security council call an illegal occupation. So if everyone except Russia still consider Crimea to be Ukrainian territory, how can we give equal weight to the Russian POV?--JOJ Hutton 20:58, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
The proposed move does not favor the Russian POV and it does not favor the American POV. It is neutral. And neutrality about the legality of the Crimean Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) is not only a significant stance worldwide, but in fact is the majority stance worldwide. More countries representing more people have maintained neutrality on this issue than have taken a stance, and of course Russia's side has been taken by some so we should not say in the voice of Wikipedia that they err.Anythingyouwant (talk) 21:04, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Yesterday the UN General Assembly voted 100-11 (58 abstained) to condemn the intervention and referendum as illegal. It doesn't sound to me like neutrality is the "majority stance worldwide" as you put. The majority stance seems to be against Russia, with neutrality a distant second place. --Stephen C Wells (talk) 13:39, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
Per the NYT, "the high number of abstentions in the Ukraine resolution vote, including those by large, important countries, like China, India and South Africa, diluted the sympathy for Ukraine’s position." There are 7.2 billion people on our planet, 1.4 billion are in China, and 1.2 billion are in India. So it seems likely that the majority stance is neutrality, at least population-wise.Anythingyouwant (talk) 13:57, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
The leaders of national governments are only one aspect of the situation, and governments do not represent all people as a whole. For example, whilst the government of my country (Australia) is a running dog of the American empire on many issues, from military intervention in the Middle East to free trade, public opinion over here is much more divided. Counting UN votes is a very closed-minded way of analysing things. --benlisquareTCE 14:28, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
At least I gave a number. All you have done is speculate.--Stephen C Wells (talk) 16:09, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
At least you gave a number? Is that all it takes to meet your standards of argument? Meanwhile razor production in Oceania has increased by 37%, and we are winning the war against Eastasia. Come on, open up your mind and think critically outside the box for a bit. --benlisquareTCE 19:26, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
It's just as neutral this way as well. The question was whether or not Crimea is part of Ukraine. The answer is yes. So if Crimea is in Ukraine, then the current title is correct and there is no need to make any changes. Same as the last two attempts to move the article. JOJ Hutton 21:29, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
If Crimea is in Ukraine, then neither the current title nor the target article title is wrong, but the target is more specific. I am not aware that this move has been proposed before.Anythingyouwant (talk) 21:35, 24 March 2014 (UTC)
Wikipedia is not a democracy and the title should strive to be as neutral as possible. In adhering to the "the majority world wide [point of] view", with the obvious exception being of course Russia, we would be violating NPOV and thus your argument has no basis in policy. TeleComNasSprVen (talkcontribs) 07:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Because 1) While less specific geographically, I think it's more accurate factually that the military intervention was in Ukraine, as it began long before the Crimean referendum. 2) While nearly all the military action has been within the Crimean Peninsula, so far… looking at recent events (something that looks an awful lot like an invasion force amassing along the eastern border), it seems far from certain that things will stay that way… which would require renaming the article again. Nouvelle Planète (talk) 02:07, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
See WP:Crystal. We are not supposed to use a crystal ball to edit Wikipedia, and forecasting a future Russian intervention is not our job. The present article covers the intervention both before and after Crimea purported to declare independence, so it is grossly non-neutral for our article title to say that the intervention was in "Ukraine" even after that declaration.Anythingyouwant (talk) 02:44, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
I see your point. OK, I'll re-phrase. I wasn't trying to predict Putin's next move. I don't know if those troops are for invasion or just intimidation purposes. I sincerely hope it's the latter. I'm just saying it's not unreasonable to think that they're the former. So since the article already has a more general title that covers both possibilities, I vote for the status quo. Better leave it the way it is rather than change it and risk having to change it again later. Nouvelle Planète (talk) 12:53, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
The risk of having to change the article title has already materialized, because the intervention extended past the Crimean Declaration of Independence. As for risks that have not materialized yet, we would have to explain in the lead, e.g. "2014 Russian Military Intervention That May Happen in Ukraine".Anythingyouwant (talk) 13:28, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
Intervention started while Crimea was(legally is) part of Ukraine. The referendum wasn't approved by the parliament in Kiev, meaning the only legitimacy it has it's by the gun. Lugnuthemvar (talk) 22:42, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
The same statement repeated ad nauseam a dozen times before above. We get it, you don't recognise the legality of the referendum. Is there a need to shove this in our faces every few paragraphs? You can say it 30 times or you can say it once, it won't make a difference and it just becomes annoying for other people to have to read it over and over. You've made your point, we know your point, we acknowledge your point. Step away from the dead horse and lower the stick. --benlisquareTCE 19:30, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Support as second choice; if the merger proposal fails, at least this focuses the issue on Russian military intervention into the Crimean region, not the Crimean political state. What side the political state belongs to (Russia/Ukraine) is largely irrelevant, and violates NPOV, but the region itself is a non-political entity and following NPOV it is best referred to as such. TeleComNasSprVen (talkcontribs) 22:48, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. There is Russian military activity in Kherson Oblast, which is not part of Crimea.--Rurik the Varangian (talk) 18:54, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Laos is not part of Vietnam, please request Vietnam War to be renamed to a more suitable title to meet your standards and needs. While you're at it, please request renames for Kosovo War, Iraq War, Nagorno-Karabakh War and Pacific War as well. These titles also fall afoul of your argument, and need to be rectified to your standards. --benlisquareTCE 19:32, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Crimea is part of Ukraine and Russia have crisis with Ukraine.--Swd (talk) 07:02, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Opinion pieces by William Pfaff, Ramesh Thakur

He has written some useful analysis that considers the Russian perspective and critically examines the positions asserted by the Ukraine/West. There isn't enough such material being used in this and related articles--and I don't have time.

Ukraine crisis aggravating an international disorder The rest of Ukraine promises only more trouble for Russia

What does the West now want?

Obama complicates policy, playing good cop, bad cop

EU effort bound for conflict

--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 16:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

What about annexing Little Russia, London, Brighton Beach (Little Odessa) and Alaska?Xx236 (talk) 08:49, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

One more: The charge of the lightweight brigade--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 15:41, 17 April 2014 (UTC)

Another, from today's paper: Only one practical solution to Ukraine crisis--Ubikwit 連絡 見学/迷惑 17:43, 17 April 2014 (UTC)