Today, a Ukrainian soldier was shot and killed during an attack on a Ukrainian military base in Crimea. The attack was carried out by a force armed dressed in Russian Federation uniforms but without specific identifying patches. The force are believed to be Russian military, dressed down in order to maintain deniability and not merely pro-Russian civilian partisans. Currently, Ukrainian military units in Crimea are effectively under guard by the Russian military which has taken control of military facilities and equipment.
Following the occupation of Crimea by Russian Federation forces, an establishment of an autonomous Crimean government which now is expected to vote to be absorbed into the Russian Federation, dispels any assertion by the Russian President that Russia’s interest has only been in maintaining stability in the region. President Putin has called for Ukraine to establish more federal autonomous regions in Ukraine in order to promote stability. However, this suggestion is widely regarded as an attempt by Putin to bring about the Russification of Ukraine, enabling Russia to take Ukraine piecemeal through diplomacy until the whole of Ukraine is annexed. Ukraine is believed to be a critical piece needed to reestablish the Soviet Union. As reported earlier, President Putin has commented that the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 was illegal.
Why did they forget ‘bout Crimean seld-defence fighter? He was shot dead too. By sniper. Maidan snipers’ style.
The Crimean defense member killed was not forgotten, but the initial reports stated only injuries. As for the shooting being “Maidan” style, that is rhetoric. The use of the word “Maidan” in this case is meant to invoke fear that the government reform protests in Kiev were a cover for a right-wing neo-fascist Ukrainian nationalist movement that will lead to the ethnic cleansing of Ukraine’s Russian population. In actuality, there is a serious lack of verifiable information for either the Kiev or Simferopol shootings regardless of whether the information is coming from Kyiv Post or Krymskaya Pravda.
The Russian government owned Russia Today television network has reported that the Kiev shooters were hired by Maidan leaders; however, RT has only supported this claim with a leaked recording of a phone conversation between EU High Representative, Catherine Aston and Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, during which Paet makes the allegation with no actual proof or evidence of his own. The number of pro-reform protestors wounded or killed in the Kiev shooting casts serious doubts that the snipers were hired by protest organizers.
That said, we can’t discount the possibility that there are groups operating as agents provocateurs in both Kiev and Simferopol attempting to incite open violent conflict between pro-EU Ukrainians and pro-Russia Ukrainians or between ethnic Ukrainians and ethnic Russians.