On March 3, 2014
NBC News is reporting that the Russian military has given Ukrainian forces in Crimea until 5 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. ET Monday) to surrender or face a military “storm,” according to Interfax.
While NBC could not immediately confirm the Interfax report, it published the following ultimatum reportedly sent to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry by Alexandr Vitko, chief commander of Russia’s Black Sea fleet:
“If they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, we will start a real storm in Ukrainian bases in Crimea.”
Ukraine called up reserves and mobilized for war on Sunday after Russia sent a reported 6,000 troops into Crimea, who have since taken control of two major airports and positioned themselves outside government buildings.
Despite warnings from Barack Obama, when Putin draws a red line, he means it. This is going to get a lot uglier before it gets better.