Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade.
The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.”
They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.
Ethnic Tatars who support Ukraine’s new leaders and pro-Russia separatists had confronted each other outside the regional parliament on Wednesday.
My hunch is that they will declare regional independence and ask that the Russians, currently embarking on a massive war game involving 150,000 troops right on their doorstep, come in to “protect ethnic Russians and Russian citizens.”
Prediction: Lots of huffing and puffing from the Euroweenies and John “War Hero” Kerry, but nobody will do anything, and Russia will annex the Crimea to the Fascist USSR – rather as Hitler did likewise to the Sudetenland. The tactics being employed by Putin, oddly enough, are almost identical to those used by Adolf Hitler.