Skip to comments.Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russia troops fire warning shots in Ukraine
Posted on 03/04/2014 1:40:18 AM PST by Jim Robinson
Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kyiv. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow fired warning shots at protesting Ukrainian soldiers.
It was not clear if Putin's move was an attempt to heed the West's call to de-escalate the crisis that has put Ukraine's future on the line.
It came as Kerry was on his way to Kyiv to meet with the new Ukrainian leadership that deposed a pro-Russian president, and has accused Moscow of a military invasion. The Kremlin, which does not recognize the new Ukrainian leadership, insists it made the move in order to protect millions of Russians living there.
On Tuesday, pro-Russian troops who had taken control of the Belbek air base in the Crimea region fired warning shots into the air as around 300 Ukrainian soldiers, who previously manned the airfield, demanded their jobs back.
About a dozen Russian soldiers at the base warned the Ukrainians, who were marching unarmed, not to approach. They fired several warning shots into the air and said they would shoot the Ukrainians if they continued to march toward them.
The shots were apparently the first fired since pro-Russian troops estimated by Ukrainian authorities to be 16,000 strong tightened their grip on the Crimea Peninsula over the weekend.
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There was a similar incident earlier..,yesturday I think......the article might be that one...I say this because someone mentioned this had already happened and it was firmly stated otherwise and confirmed.... it was not the same incident.
Here’s the time the photos I’ve been posting are from....
1:44 AM - 4 Mar 2014
Ok..I double checked...this is the event ...thanks...
what the hell? “Pro Russian Troops”?
They ARE RUSSIAN TROOPS. Invaders.
Heed the west’s call to de-escalate? This was scheduled to end at this time.
They are hoping for a single shot in return. That’s all they need is one shot and all hell breaks lose.
Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention
.... (b) That of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance;
Like all the carnage that Obumbo and Bush has sent all thru Africa and the middle east and this is what we have been doing.
Okay. You have a nice day.
Exactly. They are somebody’s troops but are not wearing identification markings in contravention to the Geneva Convention and international law.
Technically, they can be shot w/out challenge by Ukrainians and Russia would not have a legally-sustainable objection.
Just further proof that Putin’s actions are in violation of international law and the Geneva Convention.