Two killed in Crimea as shifts to ‘military stage’

March 20, 2014 | By | Reply More

Mar 20, – The crisis in Crimea has shifted “to a military stage” as the Ukrainian government responded to the killing of one its soldiers by authorising its troops to open fire to defend themselves from Russian forces.

hromedia Two killed in Crimea as shifts to 'military stage' eu news2Hours after Vladimir Putin formally announced the annexation of the occupied Crimea region into Russia, a Ukrainian soldier was apparently shot dead as pro-Kremlin forces stormed an army base.

As tensions rapidly escalated on the ground, the US warned Mr Putin he was on “the wrong side of history” and Britain announced the suspension of all military cooperation with Moscow.

Joe Biden, the US vice-president, said America was considering sending additional troops to the Baltics to reassure its Eastern European allies in the face of Russian aggression.

The Ukrainian soldier’s death, the first fatality since Russian forces moved into Crimea last month, was immediately denounced as “a war crime” by the government in Kiev.

Press coordinator for HROmedia – Norberto Lluch contributed to this report.

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