Posted: March 3, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room, White House | Tags: Crimea, Kharkiv, KIEV, Obama administration, RUSSIA, Russian Armed Forces, Russians, Simferopol, The Guardian, Ukraine
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:
“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. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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