Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!
International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv: Dear colleagues!
Russia has carried out an act of aggression towards Ukraine. Russian troops have entered Crimea. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet another viewpoint regarding this conflict. We will do our best to remain fair and objective.
March 9 – "Steps to annex Crimea to Russia would close any available space for diplomacy between the US and Russia", – stated US Secretary of State John Kerry during his telephone conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairі of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
March 9 – NATO states: the US, Romania and Bulgaria are beginning special military training at the coast of Ukraine.
March 9 – The leader of Ukrainian community of Crimea has been kidnapped.
March 9 – Ukrainian frontier post has been occupied by Russian servicemen in the village of Chornomorske, Crimea. All Ukrainian military regiments in Crimea have been completely blocked by the Russian army. From time to time, Russian servicemen are presenting Ukrainians with an ultimatum to surrender. From time to time Russian occupation troops and pro-Russian separatists try to attack Ukrainian military regiments. Not a single Ukrainian regiment has surrended to the Russians.
March 9 – Flagship "Moskva" (a guided missile cruiser) of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy is heading for Ukraine's mainland aiming to demonstrate Russia's military presence close to military exercise location of the US, Romania and Bulgaria Navy. Military exercise is due to start on March 10th.
March 9 – Russia is strengthening its military presence in Crimea by transferring its 18th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade from Chechnya. Russia is also increasing the number of servicemen in Moldova's region of Transnistria (the region is controlled by Russian troops) – during the last 24 hours 700 servicemen of special mission units have been transported to this region of Moldova.
March 9 – A rally was held near the monument to Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in Simferopol. Rally participants have protested against the referendum on Crimea's separation from Ukraine, which is scheduled for March 16th.
March 9 – A scuffle happened between pro-Russian and Ukrainian activists during the rally held to celebrate 200 year anniversary of Taras Shevchenko's birth in Sevastopol.
March 9 – Pro-Russian activists have occupied Regional State Administration in Luhansk.
March 9 – Many journalists have been detained in Crimea and transported to Sevastopol.
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