Saturday, March 01, 2014
Gunmen From Kiev Attempted To Seize Crimea's Interior Ministry Overnight - Russia
Via RT: Unknown armed men from Kiev have tried to seize the Crimean Interior Ministry overnight, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It's as Crimea's PM urges Russia to help cope with the crisis, ensuring "peace and calm" in the region. "Thanks to the decisive action of self-defense squads, the attempt to seize the building of the Interior Ministry was derailed. This attempt confirms the intention of prominent political circles in Kiev to destabilize the situation on the peninsula", the statement added. "We believe it is extremely irresponsible to further pressure the already tense situation in the Crimea", the ministry stated stressing its concerns over the latest developments in the region. Crimea's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov asked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to "help ensure peace and calm on the territory of the autonomous region". The request, the premier said, was due to "the understanding of the responsibility for the life and safety of the residents". A source in the Kremlin administration replied, "Russia won’t ignore that address", Russian news agencies reported. Later in the day, both chambers of the Russian parliament asked Putin to take measures to ensure stability in Crimea. "The Duma Council adopted an appeal to the president of Russia, in which parliamentarians are calling on the president to take measures to stabilize the situation in Crimea and use all available means to protect the people of Crimea from tyranny and violence", said Lower House speaker Sergey Naryshkin. The State Duma also said that currently it is impossible to conduct legitimate and democratic elections in Ukraine due to actions of "radical forces". The Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament admitted a limited number of Russian troops could be brought to Crimea to ensure safety, speaker Valentina Matvienko said. "It’s possible in this situation, complying with a request by the Crimean government, even to bring a limited contingent of our troops to ensure the safety of the Back Sea Fleet and the Russian citizens living on the Crimea territory. The decision is for the president, the chief military commander, to make of course. But today, taking the situation into account, even that variant can’t be excluded. We need to protect the people", Matvienko said.