WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Putin: No Russian troops in Crimea, but rebel region’s deputy PM declares: “The decree making Crimea part of Russia is already in force and Ukrainian troops on its territory will be treated as occupiers and forced to surrender or leave. The only lawful armed force on the territory of the Crimea is the Russian armed forces”; Yatseniuk in Brussels for EU meeting, calls Crimea vote “illegiti- mate,” vows to defend Ukraine from “foreign forces”; SBU arrests head of “People’s Militia of Donbass” in Donetsk, Gubarev charged with “infringing territorial integrity and independence of the state,” claiming authority over police as “people’s governor”; “protest tourists” from Russia swell anti-Kiev demos
March 6, 2014
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Pictured above: Pavel Gubarev, center, leader of the pro-Russia People’s Militia of Donbass, spoke to supporters in the regional parliament chamber in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday.
As pro-Russia demonstrations in 11 cities have suddenly erupted where significant populations of ethnic Russians live, the apparent organization of the demonstrators, appearances of Russian citizens and reports of busloads of activists arriving from Russia itself suggest a high degree of coordination with Moscow. At a minimum, Russians are instigating protests by Ukrainians sympathetic to Moscow, helping to create a pretext for a broader intervention if Mr. Putin decides to push things that far.
— Andrew Roth, “From Russia, ‘Tourists’ Stir the Protests,” The New York Times, March 3, 2014
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