viernes, 28 de febrero de 2014

Russia invading Ukraine

Ukraine denounces a "military invasion" of Russia in the Crimea

A group of civil and military prorrusos occupy that Ukrainian Autonomous Republic Airport. On Thursday, a command had taken control of the Parliament and the headquarters of the local government

Unidentified gunmen took the airport in Simferopol in the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, on Friday morning, according to the Interfax Agency.

Fifty armed men took the terminal air and, almost immediately, met in front of the main building a crowd doing flaming flags of the Russian fleet in the Black Sea, according to the same source.

On Thursday morning, a pro-Russian command had taken control of the Parliament and the headquarters of the local government in Simferopol.

The Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine, where it is based the Russian Black Sea fleet, is directed toward a burst of separatist tensions.

Ukraine denounced the "occupation" of Russia by blockade of the airport

The Minister of Interior, Arsén Avákov, reported the blockade by Russian military, in the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which described as "military invasion and occupation".

"Inside the airport there are military and Ukraine border guards. But outside, military uniform of camouflage and armed, without badges, but which do not hide their belonging to the Russian Black Sea fleet", Avakov wrote on his Facebook page.

The airport is still operating

The Ukrainian airport of Simferopol in Crimea, a region where tensions rise, remained open Friday, while several uniformed and armed men patrolling the outside of the main building.

A pro-Russian command had already taken control of Parliament, which later voted behind closed doors the call for a referendum in may on the autonomy of this region in the South of Ukraine, and the headquarters of the local government in the city. "The airport operate normally," said an administrative manager.

Kiev and Moscow on hard pulseada for Crimea, wanting "more autonomy"

On Thursday, Arseni Yatseniuk proeuropeo took the reins of a Ukraine threatened by bankruptcy and in the middle of a tug of war with Russia, while Western alarm at the situation in Crimea, a region that demands "more autonomy".

The Ukrainian Parliament confirmed on Thursday the interim Government, headed by the Prime Minister Arseni Yatseniuk, 39-year-old, who immediately highlighted the new pro-European orientation of the country.

"Ukraine sees its future in Europe. We want to be part of the European Union,"he said.

The tension between the new pro-Western power of Ukraine and Russia redoubled after the events in Crimea and the announcement that Moscow had received ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.

The escalation caused concern in Western Governments, which urged Russia to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine, a former Soviet Republic independent since 1991.

The Crimean Parliament approved in the afternoon a call for a referendum on May 25 to decide the Statute of autonomy of the region. It is also the date chosen by the new authorities of Kiev to hold early presidential elections, seeking to legitimize the revolution that toppled to Yanukovich.

The President, whose whereabouts was ignored for five days, made known Thursday to Russian news agencies that was considered to be President and that Friday would give a press conference from Russian territory.

A high-ranking Russian official announced that Moscow had welcomed it according to an order "to ensure his personal safety".

The President acting Ukrainian Olexander Turchinov said that any movement of troops of the Russian Black Sea fleet "will be considered a military aggression".

The warning came the next day that President Vladimir Putin put on alert the Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, which increased fears of military maneuvers to resolve a crisis with a veneer of cold war.

Meanwhile, US Vice President Joe Biden called Thursday to Yatsenyuk and promised "full support" to the country's new leaders, seeking to distance themselves from Russian influence.

Biden "promised to the Prime Minister that the United States will offer its full support to Ukraine when undertake the necessary reforms that return economic health, progress in reconciliation, keep its international obligations and look for open and constructive relations with all its neighbours", according to a White House release said.

The crisis in Ukraine, a country of 46 million people, broke out when Yanukovich in November decided to turn its back on a trade agreement with the European Union (EU) to strengthen ties with Russia.

The repression of the protests in Kiev ended last week with a blood bath that precipitated the


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