Please could you keep the people of Ukraine and of its southern Crimea region in prayer as the political and military situation there continues to escalate rapidly, with a real threat of military confrontation that could ultimately affect the whole region and maybe even beyond.

Thanks




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Click to enlarge, source CIA Factbook

Yesterday (March 1) the Russian parliament gave the go-ahead for troops to be deployed to protect Russian interests (the Russians have a major naval base at Sevastopol in Crimea) and the BBC reported this morning Ukraine has mobilized its military reservists [now full army, see below] within the last hour and that Ukraine’s armed forces would be put on.. “full combat readiness”

The BBC also reported this morning (March 2) they have seen what appears to be Russian troops digging trenches on the Crimean border’ and that ‘heavily armed groups [Russians or Russian speaking Ukrainians] continue to occupy key sites on the [Crimean] the peninsula including airports and communication hubs, although there has been no actual violence’

United States President Obama and President Putin of Russia spoke on the phone for 90 minutes yesterday about this situation.

The White House stated yesterday (March 1) ‘President Obama expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia’s obligations under the UN Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine, and which is inconsistent with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and the Helsinki Final Act.

NATO are due to meet for emergency talks at 10:00 am EST (USA) today


Sources
BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26405635
White House Press Office: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-...resident-putin

LATEST UPDATE

7:45 am EST
The BBC has just reported that Ukraine has closed its ‘air space to non-civilian aircraft and that its leaders have warned “We are on the brink of disaster”’. They have now fully mobilised the army.


I will post any more important updates on this thread when possible.

God Bless You,
Doug3


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