US Official: Russia in Control of Ukraines Crimea Province

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Mary Chastain reports:  A senior Obama administration official said Russia has complete control of Crimea and that there are more than 6,000 airborne and naval forces in the peninsula.

UPDATE: and from London, 12.13am GMT:

The BBC’s indomitable Nick Sutton, nightly tweeter of tomorrow’s Fleet Street front pages, notes that Ukraine leads on most.

Among them, The Sun has its own characteristic take on the crisis.

“Russian forces now have complete operational control of the Crimean peninsula, some 6,000-plus airborne and naval forces, with considerable materiel,” the official said in a briefing for reporters. “There is no question that they are in an occupation position in Crimea…”

Pro-Russian militants near a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. The new government of Ukraine has appealed to the UN security council for help against growing Russian intervention in Crimea. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Pro-Russian militants near a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

He also said Russia was flying in reinforcements.

From The Guardian live blog:

…The officials told a conference call with reporters that there had also been “occasional ethnic skirmishes in parts of the east” of Ukraine, and that there was particular concern about the north-eastern city of Kharkiv, where “efforts to stir up ethnic Russians” against Kiev had been detected…Read more >>>

Breitbart.com  and more from The Guardian live blog


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