Crimean Parliament Seized By Armed MenCourtesy: US State Department
Armed men have seized the Crimean parliament and raised the Russian flag in front of the building. This comes after days of military exercises by Russia. Ukraine is taking this very seriously and warning Russia that it cannot get involved in its affairs. Russia does not approve of the events of last weekend, when the Ukrainian president went into hiding after the parliament voted to impeach him.
Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.
“I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet,” said Olexander Turchinov, acting president since the removal of Viktor Yanukovich last week. “Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry also summoned Russia’s acting envoy in Kiev for immediate consultations.
There were mixed signals from Moscow, which put fighter jets along its western borders on combat alert, but earlier said it would take part in discussions on an International Monetary Fund (IMF) financial package for Ukraine. Ukraine has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years to stave off bankruptcy.