1. Mr. Putin says: Russian forces in Crimea are only acting to protect Russian military assets. It is “citizens’ defense groups,” not Russian forces, who have seized infrastructure and military facilities in Crimea.
The Facts: Strong evidence suggests that members of Russian security services are at the heart of the highly organized anti-Ukraine forces in Crimea. While these units wear uniforms without insignia, they drive vehicles with Russian military license plates and freely identify themselves as Russian security forces when asked by the international media and the Ukrainian military. Moreover, these individuals are armed with weapons not generally available to civilians.
2. Mr. Putin says: Russia’s actions fall within the scope of the 1997 Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
The Facts: The 1997 agreement requires Russia to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Russia’s military actions in Ukraine, which have given them operational control of Crimea, are in clear violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
I am very touched by current situation in Kiev - some members of my family live in Ukraine due to the turbulent history of XX century.
I am aware that you are not on Tumblr at the moment, but all I can do now is to post these words, pray for your safety and donate medicines.
What’s happening right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_LFrMcoEm4
Why it’s happening there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Hvds2AIiWLA