In Latest Sign of “Weakness Not Strength” Russian Forces Storm Last Ukrainian Ship in Crimea
This is not 21st Century behavior!
The Russians today stormed the last remaining Ukrainian naval ship in Crimea.
Russian military ships, including former the Ukrainian corvette Khmelnitsky (L), which was seized by pro-Russian forces last week, are moored in the bay of the Crimean city of Sevastopol on March 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Viktor Drachev )
Russian troops on Tuesday stormed the last naval vessel still flying the Ukrainian flag on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, a regional Ukrainian defence official said.
The raid on the Cherkasy trawler occurred one day after Russian forces took control of the Kostyantyn Olshanskiy, which, like the Cherkasy, had been blocked by Russian ships in western Crimea’s Donuzlav Lake, defence ministry spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said in a statement published on his Facebook account.
“The assault team is on board the Cherkasy. The crew has been barricaded inside the trawler. The assault is on,” Seleznyov wrote.
The spokesman wrote in an earlier post that the trawler had been surrounded by several Mi-35 attack helicopters, two cutters and a tugboat.
Ukraine’s new Western-backed interim leaders ordered a full military withdrawal from Crimea on Monday following the peninsula’s seizure and annexation by Russia in response to last month’s fall in Kiev of a pro-Kremlin regime.
Last Ukrainian ship that didn't surrender #Cherkasy is being stromed by rus.now,they use helikopters
— Kateryna_Kruk (@Kateryna_Kruk) March 25, 2014