Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in Crimea to clear out by 5 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. ET) or face a "Military storm," According to Russia's state-run news agency Interfax.
Ukraine officials insist that while Russia's military is going from base to base in Crimea and demanding Ukrainian forces surrender, there is no official Russian ultimatum that they're aware of, only psychological pressure and threats. Ref. CNN
I just don't understand why Russia is so "Reactive" To certain events. They can just threaten other countries saying if they don't do "This" They will invade the area. I wonder if Russia is becoming somewhat a "Bully" Because of it's strong military power. If Ukraine doesn't surrender, the country will be toasted by Russian forces. If the US and gets involved by declaring war on Russia, and if it's allies agrees along with it, this could be the next World War!
Edited: Felipe on 3rd Mar, 2014 - 5:40pm
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If things here do not calm down we could be looking at a WW3. Sounds exaggerated but Russia has a lot to lose here and so does the West. Both sides will be trying to show a lot of face in this conflict. The world will be watching what happens later today (Tomorrow for the Crimea, Ukraine).
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I feel Crimea will be foolish to try and stop the Russians. "Surrender" In this case just means they want to stop them from going fully independent not necessarily an invasion as such.
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Russian troops fire warning shots in Ukraine airbase confrontation
Russian troops fired warning shots into the air at Belbek airbase in Crimea as around 300 Ukrainian soldiers, who previously manned the airfield, demanded their jobs back, the Associated Press and others reported. Video footage obtained by the BBC appeared to confirm the encounter. The shots, reflecting the tense atmosphere that has taken hold in the region, are the first ones fired in the standoff that has threatened to entangle the West and that is casting doubt on Ukraine's future. There were no reports of injuries and the incident appears to be an isolated one. Ref. USAToday
Putin condemns Ukraine 'coup'
Russia's President Putin says events in Kiev were an "Anti-constitutional coup and military seizure of power" Ref. BBC