Because of the situation in the Crimea, the U.S. adopted new sanctions against Russian important man. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov has announced that Russia will properly respond to the sanctions and will not let be disturbed. Formal procedures of secession of Crimea from Ukraine and joining to Russia will be completed already this week.
U.S. President Barack Obama said that the U.S. has already ruled out military intervention in Ukraine. “There is a better way to the solution. I think the Ukrainians do not want military intervention,” said Obama. Apparently Obama believes that a better way to solve the crisis lies in sanctions, because then he announced new sanctions against Russian important man. “The sanctions were ordered for several senior officials of the Russian government. Today, we also introduced sanctions against a number of individuals who have the means and influence, supporting the Russian leadership. Sanctions were also introduced for the bank, which provides material support to these individuals,” Obama said .
The U.S. has announced the first round of sanctions on Monday, when sanctions were imposed for 11 Russians and Ukrainians. The second round of sanctions applies to 20 individuals and the Russian Bank Rossiya.
But apparently Russia does not care about the U.S. decision. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented: “Let there be no doubt: We will respond properly.” “Sanctions will return to the U.S. like a boomerang,” he added.
This continues the procedures for connecting Crimea to Russia. Lavrov announced that the official proceedings of connection will already be completed during this week. Today, the lower house of the Russian parliament has already approved the act of annexation of Crimea to Russia.
“Ukraine will insist in the struggle for the liberation of Crimea, no matter how long and painful it is,” wrote Ukrainian MPs in the resolution, which was adopted on the proposal of the interim President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turčinov. “The Ukrainian nation will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea,” they stressed. They added that Russia, which is the guarantor of the sovereignty of Ukraine, since this former Soviet republic in 1994 abandoned its nuclear weapons, change the border for the first time since World War II.
Since the international community still wants to find a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian crisis, the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-moon visited Moscow. “As Secretary General, I must say that I am deeply concerned about the current situation,” at the beginning of talks with Putin said Ban. Today, the UN Secretary-General also met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. From Moscow Ban will travel to Kiev.
Meanwhile, the drama with the commander of the Ukrainian Navy ended. Ukrainian Presidency announced that Sergei Gajduka was released during the night. They also released all captured civilians. Gajduka was captured by proruske forces when they took command of the Ukrainian Navy in Sevastopol on Wednesday morning. Ukrainian interim President Turčinov then put three-hour time limit for his release to the authorities in Crimea, in the opposite case, he threatened with the “appropriate response”.
After the expiration of the ultimatum, there was no news. On Wednesday evening, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Šojgu phoned representatives of the Crimean authorities and urged them to release Gajduka. Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov also called for his release.
The major part of buildings is now under the control of proruskih forces, according to many, this is the first sign that the Russian forces began to assume the controls on the Ukrainian military bases. On wednesday, proruske forces have taken over a Ukrainian naval base Novoozerne in the west of the Crimea.
President of the Ukrainian National Council for the Defense Andrij Parubij then announced that Ukraine is preparing a plan for the withdrawal of their troops and their families from the Crimea. Council of Defense also told the Ukrainian Government to prepaire a plan to withdraw all Ukrainians who do not want to stay in Crimea.
By Janette Verdnik