Simon Leufstedt

The crisis in Ukraine

I am worried about the recent developments in Ukraine. Russia's military intervention in Crimea is a dangerous escalation. It's quickly becoming the most serious political and military situation in Europe since the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. I will try and collect links here as events unfold. If you know other relevant news sources or want to discuss the current and escalating situation in Ukraine, please post here.

 

Ukraine accuses Russia of invading Crimea. Ukrainian official says Moscow has deployed nearly 2,000 suspected troops to an airbase in tense southeastern region [source: Al Jazeera].

 

 

During a Ninety-minute phone call, Obama told Putin he has violated international law, warning Russia of political isolation [source: Yahoo/AFP].

 

US pulls out of G8 summit: "The United States will suspend upcoming participation in preparatory meetings for the G-8. Going forward, Russia’s continued violation of international law will lead to greater political and economic isolation" [source: White House].

 

Ukraine put its armed forces on full combat alert "Russian military intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia" [source: ITV].

 

Ukranian prime minister proclaims that Russian forces must retreat and any further military intervention by Moscow will result in war [source: The Guardian].

 

Canadian Prime Minister tells Putin to withdraw troops from Ukraine, pulls ambassador out of Russia, withdraws from G8 being chaired by Russia and officially recognizes legitimacy of new Ukrainian government [source: CBC].

 

Poland, Latvia and Lithuania officially request an emergency NATO meeting in regards to Ukraine, invoking article 4: any member state can convene a meeting of NATO members to consult when it feels its independence or security are threatened [source: Turkish Press].

 

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