Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ukraine crisis: Crimea military base stand-off over

Friday, March 7, 2014

Ukraine crisis: Crimea military base stand-off over

"The sense of violence and menace is growing", reports John Simpson in Crimea

A Russian Navy vessel blocks the entrance to the Crimean port of Sevastopol (7 March 2014)
Russia's Black Sea Fleet continued to blockade the Crimean port of Sevastopol, where it is based

A stand-off involving pro-Russian soldiers at a Ukrainian military base outside the Crimean city of Sevastopol has reportedly ended without incident. The incident came hours after Russian parliamentarians promised to support Crimea if it wanted to become part of Russia.Crimea's parliament announced on Thursday it would hold a referendum on 16 March on whether to join Russia or remain part of Ukraine.

The vote has been denounced as "illegitimate" by the interim government in Kiev, which took power after President Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia last month in the wake of mass protests against his government and deadly clashes with security forces.

On Friday evening, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency cited a duty officer and Ukraine's defence ministry as saying a lorry had rammed open the gates of the missile defence base A2355 outside Sevastopol and that about 20 "attackers" had entered, throwing stun grenades. The Ukrainian troops barricaded themselves inside a building and their commander began negotiations before any shots were fired.

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My Reaction: I think this article is really confusing. I wanted to post something about the Russians invading the Ukraine because it seems like important news, but this article isn't clear. There's not enough information to figure out what happened and who did it. Are the Crimeans on Russia's side in this thing or on the Ukrainian side or what? Who didn't attack or did attack and what exactly happened. It's either bad journalism or just a confusing situation.

Posted by Ryan Day

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