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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news briefing on Wednesday that the well-disciplined men in brand new Russian military fatigues who have taken over Ukrainian military bases in Crimea are not Russian soldiers.
The first shots of the Russian occupation of Crimea were fired overnight at Belbek air force base. Luckily, they were into the air.
They weren’t very friendly when we turned up at the besieged Ukrainian marine base at Feodosiya this morning.
The priest told me he wasn’t blessing the Russian forces above the Ukrainians, but blessing them both and praying for peace.
President Putin is adept at extracting advantage for Russia from complex situations – and recent events in Crimea are designed to pressure the new authorities in Kiev.
The stand off at the Crimean regional parliament in Simferopol can only be ended through negotiation – any attempt to use force of arms could pitch Ukraine into a dangerous conflict.
In Ukraine’s west, the outlook is towards Europe and the EU; in the east, allegiances are to Moscow. Can these two visions find common ground?
There is one question burning on everyone’s lips: where is President Viktor Yanukovych? Lindsey Hilsum, international editor, brings this live from Ukraine.
These are the titushki, uneducated thugs, many of them petty criminals, who have disrupted Ukraine’s anti-government demonstrations.
Much has been made of the divisions in Ukraine, though I am yet to meet a Ukrainian who wants a divide. The question now is whether popular anger about corruption can pull people back