Standoff in Crimea, March 4, 2014

Belbek standoff

The rumors about the Russian deadline for Ukrainian troops in Crimea to surrender by 0300 GMT today were false, or the Russians decided not to follow through. Russian troops continue to surround Ukrainian bases in Crimea, and have settled into a tense standoff. BBC posted a video showing members of the Ukrainian 67th Fighter Regiment as they tried to access Belbek Airbase, but were turned back by Russian troops and pro-Russian irregulars surrounding the base. You can briefly see that some of the MiG-29 fighters are still at the airbase and haven’t been evacuated to the Ukrainian mainland.

Video from BBC

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