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To: goldstategop

Most Ukrainian military in Crimea has now joined the Russian military. Virtually all ships turned over to Russia. Ukrainian naval commander now 2nd in command of Russian Black Sea Fleet.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 10:11:27 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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Most Ukrainian military in Crimea has now joined the Russian military. Virtually all ships turned over to Russia. Ukrainian naval commander now 2nd in command of Russian Black Sea Fleet.

Some have and some haven't:

Ukrainian navy officers have rejected pleas for them to defect to the self-declared Crimean government at an extraordinary meeting at their headquarters in Sevastopol.

On Sunday the recently appointed navy commander-in-chief, Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky, appeared on television to announce he was defecting to the Russian-supported Crimean authorities. But despite his appeals to officers on Monday, they said they would remain loyal to their oaths to serve Ukraine. Berezovsky has been accused of state treason by the new authorities in Kiev.

Elsewhere in Crimea, Russia continued in its attempts to intimidate Ukrainian forces into submission as troop manoeuvres against bases across the peninsula continued.

At Ukraine's naval command on Monday morning, officers lined up in the yard of their Sevastopol headquarters to be addressed by both Berezovsky and the newly appointed navy chief commander, Serhiy Haiduk.

The officers broke into applause as Haiduk read them an order from Kiev removing Berezovsky from his position, and told them that Berezovsky was facing treason charges. When Haiduk had finished his dry but compelling address, the officers spontaneously broke into the national anthem, and some were seen to cry. Berezovsky showed no visible sign of emotion.

During the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold wasn't the only officer of the Continental Army to defect to the Crown, although he was the most well-known example.
18 posted on 03/24/2014 10:54:16 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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