WW4 File: UKRAINE, RUSSIA AT WAR: Putin talks by phone with Crimean Tatar politician: Legality of secession of Ukraine from Soviet Union in 1991 debatable; Dzhemilev counters: Crimean secession will break 1994 memorandum in which Russia, UK, USA pledged to uphold Ukrainian territorial integrity; Ukraine’s acting president: Moscow refusing “crisis talks,” but allows Kiev to conduct aerial surveillance over its territory per Open Skies Treaty (perhaps to see invasion force, cow Ukraine into submission); Turchy- nov: “We cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected”; Ukrainian media reports specific Russian military formations opposite Churni- hiv, Sumy Oblasts (N. of Kiev), Volyn Oblast (near Belarus); reported Mar. 3 pullback apparent feint

We expect that our neighbors will make sure that the Russian Armed Forces are conducting no military activities threatening Ukraine’s security at its border.
— Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, March 11, 2014

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Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances

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