Leader of Russian troops cites agreement with Ukraine’s “legitimate President”: “All military structures in Crimea are now reporting to me”

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 Russian occupying troops in Crimea are led by  Lieutenant General Igor Turcheniuk, a deputy head of the Southern Military District of the Russian Federation. This is taken from an audio recording of Turcheniuk’s meeting with the officers of Ukrainian Naval Forces at one of the military bases, a copy of which has been obtained by RBK Ukraine.

After introducing himself to the officers and describing his own military background, Turcheniuk indicated that he, himself, is of Ukrainian descent, and then called on the Ukrainian officers to surrender their weapons to the stockpile. “We will all defend it together. There will be no physical coercion,” the Lieutenant General said. Continue reading

Vitaliy Portnikov: Yanukovych is Turning into a Separatist

If President Yanukovych has really flown to Kharkiv, then he is getting ready to give the country over to Moscow, says journalist Vitaliy Portnikov on his FB page.

“If Yanukovych really left for Kharkiv, it means that he has committed himself to giving the country over to Moscow and the pro-Russian forces which created the so-called Ukrainian front. The scenario of the president’s move to Kharkiv in the case of Maidan’s success had been discussed as early as November, but it was first floated by Moscow in 2004,” he writes.

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