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Russia

Crimean Authorities Confirm Takeover of Military Units

Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine

20:16 02/03/2014
Tags: UN, Ban Ki-moon, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Viktor Yanukovych, Sergei Aksenov, Kiev, Ukraine, Simferopol, Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, March 2 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea confirmed Sunday that the majority of Ukrainian military units stationed on the Crimean peninsula have expressed their support of legitimately elected Pro-Russian authorities.

Earlier reports by Russian media about peaceful takeover of the military units by forces loyal to the Crimean government were denied by the Ukrainian defense ministry.

However, Crimean authorities said that most of the Ukrainian units sided on Sunday with pro-Russian forces “without a single shot fired,” and warned the commanders of a few units that remain loyal to Kiev that they would face criminal action if refused to surrender.

“I would like to warn commanders who force their subordinates to commit illegal actions that they will be punished according to existing laws,” Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov said in a statement.

The Crimean government said earlier that some 10 warships from the Ukrainian navy left their naval base in Sevastopol apparently on orders from Kiev.

Crimea is now at the center of the ongoing crisis in the country as pro-Russia groups move to distance themselves from a reformed national parliament that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago.

The current developments come shortly after Russia’s upper house of parliament unanimously approved a request from President Vladimir Putin on Saturday to deploy military forces in Ukraine’s mainly ethnic Russian-populated region of Crimea.

Putin issued his request in response to what he said was a threat to the lives of Russian citizens and military forces located in naval bases around the Crimean peninsula.

Putin, who is the Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces, has not yet ordered the deployment of a “limited military contingent” in Ukraine, but said in telephone conversations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama early on Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests and those of Russian speakers in the event of violence breaking out in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

 

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  • ruypenalvaRussia should prepare
    20:57, 02/03/2014
    Russia should prepare itself to a total war against NATO forces. Better now, amidst this economic crises,than later when the crises subsides.
    • twoandtwodonotmakesixYes!
      06:16, 04/03/2014
      Definitely! The attack must be quick lest people recover their senses! Protect our bodily fluids!
    • Mikhail1228This morning on Drudge
      19:09, 03/03/2014
      This morning on Drudge Report it said China supports Russia.

      Russia and China are the founding member states of The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) an intergovernmental military alliance of mutual security.

      Shanghai Cooperation Organization Forces:

      Active personnel 5,325,000
      Reserve personnel 7,675,000
      Available personnel for immediate activation and Conscription 192,039,958

      Total of personnel 205,039,958

      The economic and numerical might of China, together with the military prowess and nuclear arsenal of Russia.
    • twoandtwodonotmakesixSudden changes in International Status
      06:18, 04/03/2014
      "Ukraine’s autonomous region of Crimea"
      Is it really called that now? Someone needs to change the wikipedia entry. Oh, and alert the people who live in Crimea, I don't think anyone told them. Although I suppose they'll figure it out soon enough.

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