News out of Kiev today indicates the government has no interest in fighting to hold onto the Crimea region. Oleksandr Turchynor, the acting president of Ukraine has noted that though the Kremlin may wish to provoke the Ukrainian government to move forces to stop the actions in Crimea, they will not give Russia a pretense for invading the remainder of the country.
The Crimea region is set to hold talks about seceding from the Ukraine this coming Sunday. Part of the discussion would be whether they will form their own country or join with Russia. This comes on the heels of an announcement from the EU that they will exempt both President Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov from any impending sanctions. The goal of the exemptions is to keep open the lines of communication.
Meanwhile, Ukrainians are outraged that the government is doing so little to stop the Russian aggression. Inside sources tell PolitiChicks.tv that there is growing sentiment that force must be used. Resistance groups are forming and discussions are underway to consider possible steps to be taken. Currently, they hope for a peaceful resolution but are prepared to, “Fight for the motherland”.
The source inside Kiev reported to PC.tv that, “We overthrew the tyrant, but Russia has not”, referring to their nations recent ousting of former President, Viktor Yanukovych. After protests and actions from the rebel groups Yanukovych left office amid calls for a return to the 2004 Constitution.
When asked about the actions of Russia in the Crimea region following the change in Ukrainian leadership, the source inside Kiev stated, “The intervention of Russia in Ukraine-is aggression!” The source continued that “We have overcome the internal enemy, now an external enemy! We gave up nuclear weapons in 2004 and its international security guarantees!”
Tensions remain high and the question of whether violence will return to the Ukraine amid heightened concerns over Russian aggression remain. Much will depend on the decisions made at the coming meetings on Sunday, March 16th and Monday, March 17th. More bloodshed is a serious concern of the citizens of Ukraine. When asked how they would defeat a foe as large as Russia, the source reiterated, “We will fight!”