UKRAINE EVENTS FEED
PART2 cont. from previous tumble
UPDATE: Pentagon estimates that Russia now has around 20,000 troops on the ground already in Crimea.
Also… “Cyberwar hits Ukraine”
Also… Attack on journalists in Crimea caught on CCTV
Also… Journalists in Sevastopol were beaten during the attack on the Ukrainian military unit #2355 March 7.
UPDATE: Russian servicemen are preparing to install air defense systems on the Crimean peninsula.
DID U KNOW… the soundtrack for the Russian team during the paralympic opening ceremony today was the song “Good bye America”
UPDATE: Armed men led by retired general entered Ukrainian military recruitment office and forced people inside to the floor, Ukraine official says.
NOW: Military assessment visitors from OSCE States turned back from Crimea checkpoint at Armyans’k. Warning shots fired.
UPDATE: Media freedom under siege in Crimea, Ukraine, says OSCE rep Mijatovic (.@OSCE_RFoM)- condemns closure of TV channels, attacks on journalists
CHATTER: Russian troops are installing minefields.
Also… CNN crew unable to report outside hotel.
Also… Ukraine on the move.
UNCONFIRMED: Russian soldiers installing an artificial border cutting Crimea away from the Ukraine with fence and mines. *See pic on blog
UPDATE: Poland has decided to evacuate its consulate staff from Sevastopol due to continuing disturbances by Russian forces, Polish FM
Also… Secretary of State Kerry warned Russia that any steps to annex Ukraine’s Crimea region would close the door to diplomacy -Reuters
UPDATE: Ukrainian tanks on the move
Also… Ukraine computers targeted by aggressive ‘Snake’ virus.
Also… Ukraine border guard spokesman says Russia forces have taken control of post in west Crimea & trapped about 30 personnel inside. -Reuters
UPDATE: Ukraine’s PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he will go to the US for discussions on the Crimea crisis.
Also… The Ukrainian Army moving towards occupied Crimea.
REPORTS: of 3 females kidnapped in Crimera ..1 a journalist
UPDATE: Former US Defense Secretary Gates Admits “Crimea Will Not Slip Out Of Russia’s Hands”
UPDATE: Armed pro-Russian force seize another military airport in Ukraine’s Crimea.
Also… A few web cam streams at Ukrainian military units in Crimea.
Also… Reports of Ukrainian Army deployments near Kherson some 50 km from Crimea ”Buk” Airdefense, tanks, artillery & MRLS. *see blog for pic
Also… Ukrainian Drone Captures Video Of Russian Troops Fortifying In The Crimea.
VIDEO: Belbek Airport Live Feed
OPIN: “We are three steps from war with Russia,” warns NYU Prof. Stephen Cohen, a noted Russian expert.
UPDATE: Russia has deliberately sunk three of its own ships to block Ukraine’s navy.
Also… Ukrainian sailors, completely blocked in, are smuggling food onto their warships ships.
Also… The Russians tightened their grip on Sunday, sealing off a military airport on Crimea’s west coast and capturing a nearby Ukrainian border post with 15 personnel inside. On Monday, they took over a military hospital and a missile base.
Also… Russian forces now control 11 border guard posts across Crimea, and have issued several ultimatums for the Ukrainians in bases to surrender or be stormed.
SHOTS FIRED: During capturing of the Ukrainian Navy Automotive Battalion in Bakhchisaray, Russian troops opened fire.
UPDATE: Members of a pro-Russian self defence unit took an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol today
Also… A source map of Crimea military sites occupied by Russia.
Also… Still no news on whereabouts of 3 girls (2 activists and 1 journalist) kidnapped yesterday in Crimea.
UPDATE: NATO to deploy AWACS recon flights over Poland and Romania as part of efforts to monitor Ukraine.
PHOTO: Recruits about to swear allegiance to the new Crimean army in Simferopol.
UPDATE: Russians enter town north of Crimea, Ukrainians say.
VIDEO: Berkut shoots at Ukrainian civilians at Hongar block post - border of Crimea.
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UPDATE: Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker - USA TODAY
UPDATE: Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he is still lawful leader of his country and will return as soon as circumstances allow. -CNN
Also… In Yevpatoriya, a base commander fears a fight w/ Russians over their rockets and TNT would wipe the town off the map.
UPDATE: Missing activists and journalist freed.
Also… Ukraine to create new national guard and deploy armed forces.
Also… Russia has deployed a force of 220,000 troops, 1,800 tanks and over 400 helicopters close to Ukraine’s border. Its neighbor has about 41,000 troops, of which only 6,000 were “really combat ready,” Ukraine’s acting Defense Minister Igor Tenyukh told the national parliament Tuesday, UNIAN news agency reported. -LA Times
UPDATE: NATO… “these are Russian military forces acting on clear orders to undermine Ukraine forces in Crimea.”
Also… Ukraine appeals to the West as Crimea turns to Russia.
Also… Kerry to meet with Russian counterpart, in bid to calm crisis ahead of Crimea vote.
Also… Head of Russia’s leading independent news site fired over Ukraine coverage, replaced with pro-Kremlin editor.
Just so u know ….everything is all quiet on the not so western front till the 16th.
UPDATE: Ukraine’s new PM Yatsenyuk arrives at the White House for talks with President Obama.
Also… Long lines at Simferopol ATM’s.
Crimeans fearing loss of bank funds.
Desperate to extract accounts.
Hoarding cash now. …see pic on blog.
UPDATE: Ukraine’s prime minister says, “We will never surrender” to Russia, stands ready for talks with Moscow.
UPDATE: Thousands of Russian troops mass near Ukraine for military exercises.
VIDEO: from the deadly protest in Donetsk.
UPDATE: Ukraine appealed for arms, ammunition and intelligence support, according to senior U.S. officials. But the Obama administration has agreed to send only military rations for now, wary of inflaming Russia. -WSJ
UPDATE: Putin Deporting Executives For Speeding, Even Jaywalking.
UPDATE: US drone intercepted in Crimean airspace?
Also… Russian diplomat stabbed near embassy in Canada.
Also… Blood flows in Ukraine’s streets while Congress does nothing.
UPDATE: Russia is preparing to invade East Ukraine ..see pic on blog
VIDEO… Russians blow up ship after ship to prevent Ukr Navy from leaving Crimea. …I luv the score ;)~
UPDATE: State Department issues travel alert for Americans in Russia amid tensions in Crimea.
Also… UN Security Council vote Saturday on resolution denouncing referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea.
DID U KNOW… On Tuesday Reuters reported that a Kremlin aid Sergei Glazyev had announced that if the U.S. were to impose sanctions on Russia Moscow may drop the dollar as a reserve currency and refuse to pay off any loans to U.S. banks saying that Moscow could recommend that all holders of U.S. treasuries sell them if Washington freezes the U.S. accounts of Russian businesses and individuals.
UPDATE: Ukrainian military repels attempted Russian incursion, defense ministry said.
Also… Ukraine Says Russian Forces Move Outside Crimea.
UPDATE: Russia has vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution asking nations not to recognize Crimea referendum.
REMINDER: On March 16, just two weeks after Russia’s military seized control of Crimea, residents will vote in a referendum. Expect that at least 70 percent of voters on the peninsula of 2 million people – 58 percent of whom are ethnic Russians — will cast ballots to join Russia.
QUESTION: What happens after the vote tomorrow?
UPDATE: Ukraine Foreign Minister tells CNBC: Country prepared for all options after Crimea referendum, will wait to see Russian reaction.
Also… Russia says it will do whatever is necessary to protect Russian speakers in E Ukraine. Same rational as in Crimea .-NBC
UPDATE: President Obama’s national security aides meet to discuss Ukraine crisis on eve of referendum vote in Crimea: yhoo.it/1iPf3V8
UPDATE: Ukrainian interim foreign minister calls Russian military movements a “provocation”.
BREAKING: Crimea votes to secede from Ukraine, official says.
QUESTION: How will the world respond?
How will the Markets respond Monday?
REPORT: Crimean delegation to fly to Moscow on March 17 to apply to join Russia.
Also… The new head of “Russia Today” said on state TV “Russia is the only country in the world that can turn the USA into radioactive dust”.
BREAKING: Putin signs order recognizing Crimea as sovereign state, Russian media reports.
UPDATE: U.S. official says massive evidence ballots pre-marked and anomalies in vote more than 100% of population voting in Crimean capital.
UPDATE: RUSSIA LAUGHS AT OBAMA ‘SANCTIONS’ CALLS HIM ‘PRANKSTER’ http://t.co/yePcqeoxbU
UPDATE: Vladimir Putin Throws Down Gauntlet To The West “If you press the spring too hard, it will recoil.”
1st Ukraine soldier killed in Crimea
BREAKING: Ukrainian military unit in Simferopol under attack. Russian snipers on the scene, one injured.
MORE: Ukrainian officer killed in incident at Ukrainian military base in Simferopol, Crimea, defense ministry says.
NOTE: 3/18/04 bc of breaking events …possible official start date of war between Russia and Ukraine? TT
UPDATE: Warrant officer killed, 1 officer injured, the rest were made to leave bc of gas, commander taken
MORE: Ukrainian military spokesman also says all men on base arrested and their weapons taken.
Also… Killed was serviceman, a cartographer who worked at photogrammetric information center - Defense Ministry spokesperson
NOTE: 1st Ukraine soldier killed in Crimea. TT
UPDATE: “Ukraine PM accused Russia of “war crime” by killing Ukrainian soldier. “The conflict is moving from a political one to a military one.””
UPDATE: Official Reuters report…
UNCONFIRMED: Colonel of Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine kidnapped near his house.
UPDATE: Kerry: “Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine would be as egregious a step as I can think of.”
Also… Ukraine soldiers are now ‘allowed to use arms’ following first death.
UPDATE: Ukraine DefMin: Simferopol attackers wore Russia army uniforms w/out insignia, killed 1, wounded 2.
Also… Ukraine PM: Conflict entering ‘military stage’
CHATTER: Evpatoriya and Nazerne: Missile and anti-aircraft military unit 55, attack is planned.
UPDATE: Russians attackers used the commander of a Ukrainian military unit in Simferopol as a live shield to gain access to the building.
UNCONFIRMED: The kidnapped Colonel of the Foreign Intelligence Service Ihor Losnikov has been freed.
NOTE: Saakashvili’s prediction in 2009 that Putin would try to take Crimea ..see last graf of the cable.