Ukraine: UpdatesSubmitted by goldenequity on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 08:05
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RT Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES
Gunmen from Kiev attempted to seize Crimea\'s Interior Ministry overnight
Crisis in Ukraine
Breaking: Ukraine Warships in Black Sea
*Ukraine Warships Deployed in Black Sea on Alert — Border Service Official
*Ukraine Border Forces: Will Do Everything to Prevent Seizure of Bases, Ships
*Military Attempting to Take Control of Border Naval Bases Said They Act on Orders From Moscow — Ukraine Border Official
Currently: Simultaneous Pro-Russian demonstrations ongoing in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Horlivka and Nikolaev
ITAR TASS reports of Russian flags hoisted over city administration bldgs in Kharkov and Donetsk, amid mass rallies.
7:05 EST -- Donetsk crowd was chanting "Russia, Russia"... rocks were starting to fly.. cameraman went offline said 'Dangerous'..
this was the link.. will moniter for resuming broadcast.. pretty crazee.
Donetsk Police join protesters. Police Chief says he now takes orders from the people.
Over 10,000 protest in Ukraine’s pro-Russia city of Donetsk
"Every military veteran in Crimea seems to have be hauling their old Soviet uniforms out of the cupboard."
►Anti-Maidan rally in Crimea: Hundreds protest in Simferopol
►Infighting ALREADY within 'new' Kiev Government
Ukraine ultranationalist leader vows to hang new interior minister 'like a dog'
►Russian S-400 AIR DEFENCE heading to UKRAINE? (time stamp in vid was 26-2-2014) uh-oh maybe already in place..
►Putin requests senators’ approval to send troops to Crimea
►US Troop Deployment? (unconfirmed)
another forum (military watchers) saying that the American 3rd Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division and 10th Mountain Division are preparing to deploy, as well as the British 3rd Mechanised Division and 1st Armoured Division. A US Marine Expeditionary Unit has been diverted to the region as well.
But already Germany and the Netherlands have refused to allow their ports and airfields to be used, so the Americans and British might have to deploy through Poland and Turkey instead.
(unconfirmed/CNN discussing)Two US warships which had been deployed in the Black Sea to back up Russian security for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi - the USS Taylor Frigate and the USS Mount Whitney Blue Ridge-class command ship - have moved over to the western side of the Black Sea opposite Crimea and facing the Russian navy base of Sevastopol.
►Russian Troops in Crimea
►Ukraine Acting President Puts Armed Forces On Full Combat Alert
Now Gives Russia a 'deadline' to leave.. March 2nd 8:00am
UPDATE: 8:00am now come and gone.. nothing.
►The Crimean capital, Simferopol, where thousands of people earlier took to the streets to oppose the self-proclaimed government in Kiev, is calm and functioning well.
Ukrainian armed forces dispatched to Crimea have started to switch sides on a massive scale, turning themselves over to the new Crimean government. As Interfax reports, many of the living quarters, as well as weapons and ammunition have been abandoned and taken over by the Crimean 'defense forces.'
►The cash-strapped, self-proclaimed government of Ukraine may carry out austerity measures demanded by the International Monetary Fund before it provides emergency loans. "The move would give more incentives to foreign governments to treat the Kiev regime as legitimate", professor of political economy Jeffrey Sommers told RT.
►UK Foreign Secretary William Hague is due to visit Kiev
►Far right groups patrolling Kiev
►Ukraine's navy tells Reuters it still has its full fleet of 10 ships in Sevastopol. The navy says they have not disarmed and remain loyal to Kiev. Earlier the Ukrainian coast guard told Reuters that it had withdrawn its vessels from Sevastopol.
►Nearly 40 people have been arrested in central St Petersburg during an unauthorized protest against the decision to send stabilizing military forces in Ukraine, the Interior Ministry in the city said. A similar protest took place in Moscow, where over 60 activists were arrested. (No 1st Amendment, right to assemble in Russia, eh?)
►Kerry: The US warned Russia that it risks losing its place in the Group of Eight developed countries over the deployment of troops in Crimea.
John Kerry said that President Vladimir Putin “is not going have a Sochi G8, he may not even remain in the G8 if this continues.”
“He may find himself with asset freezes on Russian business. American business may pull back, there may be a further tumble of the ruble," Kerry said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened Russia with "very serious repercussions," saying it may face economic sanctions following its "incredible act of aggression." (Right.. )
►About 10 Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet ships voluntarily have left the naval base in Sevastopol, with several vessels now heading to Odessa, a source in the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea told Interfax on Sunday. Several vessels have since returned to the base in Sevastopol “because of malfunctions.”
►Meanwhile, former Ukrainian troops were due to swear allegiance to the Crimean authorities in Sevastopol at 5pm local time (15:00 GMT). An unnamed official source earlier told RIA Novosti that “the majority of the Ukrainian armed forces deployed in Crimea” have passed to the side of the region. The transition was made “without a single shot fired,” with Kiev categorically denying the claims of Ukrainian soldiers switching sides en masse.
►Kiev has (now) dismissed the heads of administration in 18 of 24 regions of Ukraine. (ha! They've now appointed puppets to 'represent' people who are swearing allegiance to Russia in mass and have been hoisting their flag above their admin bldgs. What a comical farce this self-appointed Kiev coup is... what's NOT comical is they're going to get people KILLED.. with Kerry/NATO chanting that it's about 'Sovereignty'.)
►NATO Meeting Results: Nato's North Atlantic Council met in a closed-door session earlier on Sunday. The Brussels bureau chief for the Financial Times, Peter Spiegel, tweets: "Have been told there was NO discussion of military planning or deployments at NATO council meeting."
►China expresses understanding of Russia’s analysis on causes of crisis in Ukraine
MOSCOW, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. China expressed understanding of Russia’s analysis on the causes of the crisis in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
►Diplomacy Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and GERMAN Foreign Minister will hold a meeting in Geneva Today, Monday, on the situation in Ukraine
►Russian Foreign Ministry Statement:
“Not bothering to make any effort to understand the complex processes occurring within Ukrainian society or make an objective assessment of the environment, which is furthering the degradation following the forceful seizure of power in Kiev by radical extremists, [Secretary of State John Kerry] operates with a ‘Cold War’ stamp, offering not to punish those who carried out the government overthrow, but the Russian Federation,” it read.
"And while glossing over this, the USA and its allies have closed their eyes to the excesses of the radical fighters on Maidan, their bullying of political opponents and ordinary citizens, as well as their anti-Semitism and militant Russophobia.”
►Russia issues Ultimatum in Crimea
Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. [12:00 a.m. Midnight EST] on Tuesday or face a military assault, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry as saying.
while at the same time...
Ukrainian 1st Marine battalion base in Feodosiya (Crimean port) again refuses to take orders from Crimean PM nor surrender.
►Pentagon Suspends Military Ties With Russia
Pentagon announces all military-to-military engagements between US and Russia put on hold; includes all exercises, bilateral talks, port visits, planning conferences
►U.S. Suspends Trade and Investment Talks With Russia
The U.S. said late Monday it will suspend talks with Russia aimed at boosting trade and investment.
►Russia threatens to abandon the US dollar as a reserve currency
►Crimean authorities will visit Moscow on Friday to hold talks
the Crimean delegation of 24 people, “will discuss many questions with the members of the State Duma, including medical provisions, humanitarian issues and financial assistance.”
European Union governments have reached a preliminary agreement to freeze the assets of 18 Ukrainians at the request of the new self-proclaimed government in Kiev.
►Donetsk 'Opposing Rallies' Converge Today
Pro-Russian and Pro-Maiden/Kiev rallies will converge today in Donetsk.