RUSSIA SWALLOWS UP CRIMEA As West Hurls Hollow Threats
Russian forces enter Crimea. (Haaretz)
Despite John Kerry’s steely tongue-lashing, it’s clear at this point that Russia just took over the Crimea region of Ukraine.
Russian troops take Sevastopol Airport in Ukraine’s Crimea under control
President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday that Russian citizens and Russian-speakers in Ukraine faced an “unflagging” threat from ultranationalists, and that the measures Moscow has taken were completely fitting given the “extraordinary situation”, the Kremlin said.
In a telephone conversation during which Merkel expressed concern about developments in Ukraine, she and Putin agreed that Russia and Germany would continue consultations in bilateral and multilateral formats to seek the “normalisation” of the situation, a Kremlin statement said.
UPDATE: John Kerry insists that Vlad Putin is now acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.”