Monday, March 3, 2014
Minutes from war: Ukraine claims Russian forces have demanded the crews of two warships surrender within the hour or face being attacked
◼ Now Russia accuses Ukraine of trying to spark war after denying their claims naval commander issued a 3am deadline for their troops to surrender - Sam Webb/Daily Mail
◼ link - Pavel Polityuk and Dmitry Zhdannikov/Reuters
◼ Russian forces expand control of Crimea - Will Englund, William Booth/Washington Post
◼ Russia Calls Emergency UN Meeting, Issues Ultimatum for Ukrainian Troops to Surrender - Noah Rothman/Mediaite
As the crisis inspired by the Russian invasion of Ukrainian Kiev worsened on Monday, the Russian Federation announced that it had called an immediate public meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City for 3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting comes as reports indicate that Russian forces, which have surrounded a series of Ukrainian military bases in Crimea, have demanded that they surrender or face “a real assault.”
“If they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, we will start a real storm in Ukrainian bases in Crimea,” read a statement sent by Russian military forces to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to a minister. This warning remains unconfirmed by Western press outlets.