Ukrainian military taking side of Crimean authorities

Crimea-deployed Ukrainian military massively taking side of Crimean authorities, while protesters outside US embassy in Kyiv call for help

Ukrainian military taking side of Crimean authorities

World Bulletin/News Desk

The rapid pace of events in Ukraine has rattled the country’s new leadership.

Ukraine’s armed forces are braced for combat duty after Russia’s decision to deploy troops to Crimea.

The Ukrainian military serving in Crimea-deployed units are joining the local self-defence forces, the ITAR-TASS correspondent reports from Crimea.

Many servicemen disagree with Kiev's policy, leave their units and tender their resignations. Some units have said they will be taking orders only from the command of Crimea’s self-defence forces, the eyewitness says.

Meanwhile, euronews reports that a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the US embassy in Kyiv.

The protesters were asking for support from the international community, particularly the United States.

One man in Kyiv told euronews: “I believe the West will help us, and those partners who promised us security, when Ukraine refused to possess nuclear power: the USA, the United Kingdom.”

According to one woman, “there’s active, targeted propaganda to make one part of the country believe that the other part is bad, full of nationalists.”

 

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