Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control most of the military bases there.
There’s another potentially dangerous situation developing in Crimea, where Russian flags have been raised at Ukraine’s naval headquarters in the port of Sevastopol.
Wasting no time and showing no sign that he’s concerned about Western objections or economic sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on Tuesday.
One day before Crimea holds a referendum on leaving Ukraine, Russia has vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution to affirm Ukraine’s sovereignty and national borders.
Russia continues to try to wrest control of Crimea from Ukraine and now has an estimated 20,000 troops there, Bloomberg News reports.
While conceding that his nation can’t come close to the military power of Russia, the interim prime minister of Ukraine said Thursday that “we are ready to protect our country” if Russia does not stop its “military aggression” in Crimea.
With Russian forces now effectively in control on the Crimean peninsula, there’s an ominous question on the minds of people around the world: Will President Vladimir Putin go further — sending his troops into other parts of Ukraine?
Russian forces appear to be digging in after seizing key assets in the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, and despite tough talk from Kiev’s new leaders, the former Soviet satellite’s under-manned and under-equipped military is no match for Moscow’s battle-tested troops, experts say.
Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, where months of public protests led last week to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych’s government. His opponents are now installing pro-Western ministers to replace the pro-Russian leaders who worked for Yanukovych.