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In Sevastopol, the Russian soldiers stormed the Ukrainian military unit A2355.
This was reported by the news agency Interfax-Ukraine
He said the Russian military struck the gate of a military unit, captured near building and broke out to the command post.
There is a lot of tension, most people are worried about the results of the referendum. There are many forces that would like the referendum not to happen, and considering the geopolitical situation we decided the sooner we are done with this vote the quieter it will be and people will feel safer.
This is an all-Crimean referendum and will be held only in Crimea. We feel that only people who live in Crimea can decide. Only they can make the decision about their territory, its taxes and economic situation.We accept the help people coming from Russia to join our self-defense units. We do not check their registration or where they come from. Some of them are retired military officers from Russia: they have their uniform and guns and they just come and join us. Besides the self-defense units, some of the police officers in Berkut have taken the side of Crimean government.. The Black Sea fleet coordinates our troops and police that are around vital installations, no more than that. In terms of occupation or invasion, there is no Russian army.Former President Yanukovych is not a wanted man in Crimea. He can come as a private citizen, but nevertheless he is not our leader, or an icon. Legally, he is still the president of Ukraine. His mistakes forced him to leave Ukraine and now he has no influence on the country, or on us or on anybody else. He cannot come here in any government official capacity and he will have a no role here in Crimea
Two of Britain’s finer Russia-obsessed journalists, Ben Judah and Oliver Bullough, have dealt admirably with why London has all of a sudden gone wobbly on Putinist aggression in Europe. The flow of Moscow gold to the sceptr’d isle, they argue, has now become so steady, so dependable and so relied-upon that no act of geopolitical thuggery can ever again lead to a Churchillian showdown with the Kremlin.
The Cold War may be over in the Western imagination for a number of reasons, but the triumph of cold hard cash is one of them. Russians have bought nearly five percent of the premium London properties in 2013. They’ve kept the tills full at Harrods during an “austerity” economy. They’ve sent their children to elite boarding schools and Oxbridge colleges, paying full tuition fees. And they’ve shoved their questionably-gotten gains into British tax shelters or financial institutions. In return, the political establishment, be it Labour or Tory, has only asked for more.
Old, numerous and bipartisan are the tales that corroborate this dreary hypothesis. At meetings with his Russian counterpart, David Cameron is said to politely cough about the ongoing carnage in Syria before getting down to the real business of greater Anglo-Russian trade and energy cooperation. And wasn’t Cameron’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, once spotted dining aboard the Corfu-anchored “super-yacht” belonging to Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire Russian aluminum magnate who was allegedly considering ways to donate to the Conservative Party even though donations by foreigners are illegal under British electoral law? The then-Shadow Chancellor of course denied that any chatter about creative campaign financing ever took place. But also aboard Deripaska’s Queen K was Lord Peter Mandelson, a serially-employed Blairite then inhabiting his role as the European Commissioner for Trade. He was reportedly chatting with the oligarch about relaxing E.U. aluminum tariffs. Mandelson refused to flat-out deny that that discussion took place, preferring instead to focus on the “media squalls” and “sensationalist headlines,” but in any event, the tariffs did get lowered, and Deripaska’s metals empire Rusal benefited from looser trade with the E.U. Did I mention that the man to put both Tory and Labour Brits on the mega-yacht was a Rothschild, and that Deripaska’s registered lobbyist in the United States to help with a sticky visa situation has been Russian Foreign Minister
Forbes magazine’s Ukrainian edition is embroiled in fresh controversy after Ukrainian police and the European Union moved against its fugitive owner on suspicion of stealing more than $1 billion from state coffers. The scandal around 28-year-old oligarch Sergey Kurchenko may stretch as far as the U.S. and Forbes family scion Miguel Forbes, who approved Kurchenko’s controversial purchase of the magazine’s Ukrainian edition last summer and signed on as an informal business adviser.
Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s acting interior minister, announced 11 criminal investigations Thursday into the VETEK group and Kurchenko, its secretive owner, for importing and “re-exporting” oil in violation of tax and customs regulations. Two other investigations allege that VETEK defrauded state gas company Naftogaz, andcharge a company owned by a former driver reportedly linked to Kurchenko with not paying for gas. The total sum that police accuse Kurchenko and his alleged affiliates of stealing totals about 10 billion hryvnias (more than $1 billion).
Kurchenko released a statement Thursday through VETEK expressing his “surprise” at the sanctions and denying the allegations against him.
“I am an honest Ukrainian businessman who has always invested in Ukraine and practically all my business is concentrated here,” Kurchenko said. He accused rival oligarchs and their political lackeys of concocting the corruption allegations against him and claimed that no criminal charges had ever been filed against him or his company, apparently unaware of Avakov’s allegations. “And I am certain that the misunderstanding that has arisen will be resettled.”
Kurchenko, considered a key member of the mafia-like “family” around ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, also appeared on an European Union sanctions listThursday for “involvement in crimes in connection with the embezzlement of Ukrainian State funds and their illegal transfer outside Ukraine.” The sanctions also hit 16 other former senior officials including Yanukovych and former prime minister Mykola Azarov, as well as their respective sons.
"During my visit to Kyiv on March 6-7, I had productive discussions with the Prime Minister and his economic team. I am positively impressed with the authorities' determination, sense of responsibility and commitment to an agenda of economic reform and transparency. The IMF stands ready to help the people of Ukraine and support the authorities' economic program to put Ukraine firmly on the path of good economic governance and sustainable growth while protecting the poor and vulnerable.
"Our fact-finding mission that has been working in Kyiv from March 4 is progressing well. The mission is developing a good understanding of the extent to which imbalances need to be corrected to stabilize the economy. This will guide the mission's recommendations to the IMF management on the subsequent course of action. We will continue to consult with all key stakeholders."
During his visit to Kyiv, Mr. Moghadam met with Acting President and Speaker of Verhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv, Minister of Finance Oleksandr Shlapak, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Pavlo Sheremeta and their senior colleagues.
A CNN journalist and her team in Crimea were told to stop broadcasting or they would be kicked out of their hotel there.
CNN correspondent Anna Coren spoke to Anderson Cooper Thursday night and told him that, in a very "bizzarre" and "unusual" situation, her news team was told by hotel management to "stop broadcasting or we'll kick you out."
"Just a couple of hours ago the management of our hotel where we've been staying now for over a week, we've got a team here, told us we basically had to shut down our operation or we'd be kicked out," Coren said. "We asked for the reason, they didn't give us one."
Several networks have sent correspondents to cover the crisis in the Ukraine afterRussian troops invaded Crimea over the weekend. Anderson Cooper himselfreported live from Kiev this week while NBC News, Fox News, ABC News and CBS News also sent correspondents to cover the conflict.
Corren told Cooper that she has a strong feeling that the hotel management was "getting pressure" from militia or the new Crimean government. She said that if news outlets are not sending a pro-Russian message, "they don't want to hear it."