Russia gives Ukrainian forces in Crimea ultimatum to surrender - Interfax

KIEV Mon Mar 3, 2014 3:17pm GMT

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KIEV (Reuters) - Russia's Black Sea Fleet has told Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Tuesday or face a military assault, Interfax news agency quoted a source in the Ukrainian Defence Ministry as saying.

The ultimatum, Interfax said, was issued by Alexander Vitko, the fleet's commander.

The ministry did not immediately confirm the report and there was no immediate comment by the Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea, where Russian forces are in control.

"If they do not surrender before 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea," the agency quoted the ministry source as saying.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage,)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Strange statement… (some would say curious) But…

What shall Kiev conspirators do now?

Perhaps they shall ask their Ukrainian forces to surrender in order to save a bloodbath within the Crimea?

Mar 03, 2014 4:00pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
The 204th fight-jet airbase of the Ukrainian Air Force, which has 49 aircraft in service, has sided with the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a local government representative told Interfax on Monday.

“Today the command of the 204th base in Belbek has announced it is taking the side of the Crimean people,” he said, adding that the base is more than 800 strong.

“The Belbek airfield has 45 Mikoyan MiG-29 fighters and four L-39 trainer aircraft. Of them, only four fighters and one trainer are in good condition,” the official said.

Thus, “the total number of the Ukrainian Armed Forces servicemen, who have sided with the Crimean people, has approached 6,000,” the source said.

Mar 03, 2014 4:04pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Without doubt those badly maintained Mig-29′s (over half of Ukraine entire Mig-29 inventory) shall be rapidly upgraded, and made ready to defend Crimean airspace from external aggression.

Maybe we shall see a future autonomous Crimean ADIZ?

Mar 03, 2014 4:16pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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