SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Andrey Sitnikov stood at the airport road here where armed men in uniforms without insignias had set up barricades that the newly installed government in Kiev said amounted to a Russian invasion.

When asked whether he knew who they were, he shrugged and replied, “Who knows?”

To Sitnikov, anyone who can guarantee calm would be good.

“There is an acute need right now to support our families, make them secure and protect our society,” Sitnikov said in this port city.

The people of Ukraine’s Crimea region are watching events in their peninsula on the Black Sea unfold with apprehension and hope.

Unidentified armed groups seized both regional airports and the parliament. Russian jets are streaking to its east, and Russian vehicles from a Black Sea naval base can be seen speeding through towns. People here have watched broadcasts — from the capital of Kiev 400 miles away — of protests, fire, killings and the ouster of a president many here voted for.

Crimean lawmakers are shouting for secession, and Kiev lawmakers are warning against it while Europe and the United States insist Ukraine must remain united. On Saturday, people here learned that the parliament in Moscow approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to invade for “safety” reasons… see more


source: usatoday