Ukraine mobilizes troops after Russia’s ‘declaration of war’

3/2/14
 
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from CNN,
3/2/14:

Ukraine’s new leaders accused neighboring Russia of declaring war, as Kiev mobilized troops and called up military reservists in a rapidly escalating crisis that has raised fears of a conflict.

Amid signs of Russian military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, Russian generals led their troops to three bases in the region Sunday, demanding Ukrainian forces surrender and hand over their weapons, Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for the Crimean Media Center of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, told CNN.

By late Sunday, Russian forces had “complete operational control of the Crimean Peninsula,” a senior U.S. administration official said. The United States estimates there are 6,000 Russian ground and naval forces in the region, the official said.

“There is no question that they are in an occupation position — flying in reinforcements and settling in,” another senior administration official said.

Speaking by phone, Seleznyov said Russian troops had blocked access to bases but added, “There is no open confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian military forces in Crimea” and said Ukrainian troops continue to protect and serve Ukraine.

“This is a red alert. This is not a threat. This is actually a declaration of war to my country,” Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said.

Speaking in a televised address from the parliament building in the capital, Kiev, he called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “pull back his military and stick to the international obligations.”

“We are on the brink of the disaster.”

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