The “A” arrow on the map points to Transnistria.
This interview, courtesy of commenter Brian:
In order to get this Russian report on the Crimea out to you in reasonable time and because I’m too knackered to translate and have forgotten too much Russian, this will be an abridged Google translation, with comment below.
Reason it’s at OoL is readers who’ve been following the story and appreciated the other angle.
Crimean parliament yesterday decided to hold a referendum – separation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Both the Russian and Ukrainian parties declare that they will do everything possible to prevent the “Transnistrian scenario.”
Situation in Crimea yesterday continued to deteriorate . Early in the morning blocked the entrance to the unknown peninsula ( in the evening roadblocks were removed ) . Also unknown – assault rifles and machine guns – masked men seized the building of the Council of Ministers and the Parliament of Crimea in Simferopol.
Over the parliament building – the Russian flag hung. Invaders remained unknown – assumed local “Berkut” .
Despite seizure, Supreme Council of Crimea gathered yesterday – 61 of the 64 deputies decided to hold a regional referendum – simultaneously with the presidential elections of May 25 – legal status of the republic. Question of whether it should remain part of Crimea in Ukraine. Before this – massive pro-Russian rally in Sevastopol – Ukrainian flags were replaced by Russian .
In Crimea – yesterday deputies of the Russian parliament – Sergei Mironov , Alexey Zhuravlev, Nikolai Valuev, Dmitry Savelyev, Valentina Tereshkova, Mikhail Markelov. Situation tense, disturbing.
RBC daily Valuev spoke to people in street.
“We met with students and teachers- a lot of conflicting information and misinformation -Black Sea Fleet allegedly prepares almost military intervention. Also in Crimea representative of the Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights Andrei Yurov . Urov told RBC daily, that the situation in Simferopol, excluding areas around administrative buildings , yesterday was quite calm.
Russian national-patriotic organizations mobilize their activists to the peninsula. Official support, unlikely to get. Member of the Supreme Council of “United Russia ” Dmitry Orlov told RBC daily, that we should not expect attempts Russian annexation of the Crimea, and the presence on the peninsula of Russian troops in the Black Sea bases play calming and moderating role .
Kiev is ready to grant broad rights to obstinate peninsula under autonomy – “hawks” trying to push Putin to confrontation, but the “Transnistrian option” has not succeeded.
Resident of Sebastopol Vyacheslav S. told RBC daily – thinking about leaving – the situation is close to civil war. Islamist organization Crimean Tatars long time received Turkish support, pro-Russian waiting on the peninsula for “landing” of Ukrainian nationalists. Ultras supporting maidan are teaming up with the Islamists.
All sides are extremely aggressive , violent clashes could start at any moment.
To understand all this, it’s as well to look at the Transnistrian link above and come up to speed on what happened in 92. Neither Ukraine nor Russia wants that bloodbath.
Ukraine wants Moldavia/Crimea to stay within Ukraine. This is on Moldavian attempts to join the EU, stymies by Transnistria. Russia essentially wants sympathetic regimes in power in its buffer zone and where Russian speaking, will offer support. Don’t forget Turkey and Muslims in this matter. US/UK are supporting the Muslim extremists, Crimean Tatars deported by Stalin and the Ukrainian nazis.
Commenter said this was not about national borders but about ethnicity. Obama and Cameron knew full well, from briefings, that this would happen. Result will probably be Russia stepping in to avoid bloodshed and create the buffer states again. Ukraine bound to lose Crimea and Russian speaking Ukraine.
Also in the mix