Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/02/2014 – 16:32
While the images and local news have been suggesting that Russia is in control on the Crimean peninsula, US officials (according to Bloomberg) have confirmed this:
*RUSSIAN FORCES IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF CRIMEA: U.S. OFFICIAL
*RUSSIA HAS 6,000 TROOPS IN CRIMEA, U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS
*KERRY TO REAFFIRM SUPPORT FOR UKRANIAN SOVEREIGNITY, PSAKI SAYS
Obama, Merkel, and Cameron are now on a conference call to discuss this “fact” and officials have just reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev tomorrow (though we suspect not Sevastopol).
Explosions Heard In Semferopol; Belbek (Sevastopol) Air Force Base Seized By Russian Forces, BBC & Pravda Report
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/02/2014 – 17:40
Several unconfirmed reports of two explosions being heard in Crimea’s capital, Semferopol were on the wires and now The BBC has confirmed,
A loud bang was heard about 23:10 local time (21:10 GMT), following by a smaller blast, BBC reporters in Simferopol say.
Reports vary from “didn’t hear any explosions” in Semferopol to Belbek Air Force base (In Sevastopol) is under Russian attack. Ukrainian Pravda confirms:
“Russian military, using ‘stun’ grenades, seized nearly all the buildings of the Ukrainian military in Belbek.”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/02/2014 – 12:30
Overnight, there had been numerous rumors that the newly appointed chief of the Ukraine navy, who was just made head of the navy on Saturday, had defected to the Crimean people explicitly, and to pro-Russian forced in the region implicitly. The sourcing of most were various Russian outlets so we discounted these until we got confirmation from a “western” source. The BBC did just that moments ago: “The newly appointed head of Ukraine’s navy has sworn allegiance to the Crimea region, in the presence of its unrecognised pro-Russian leader. Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky was only made head of the navy on Saturday, as the government in Kiev reacted to the threat of Russian invasion.“