The new Ukrainian authorities are trying to complete an interim government to normalise the political situation with a lot of problems: The threat of war games ordered by president Vladimir Putin near Ukraine as a show of strength, the separatist tensions in Crimea, the pressure of the street and a dire economic situation on the verge of bankruptcy.

Russians flags have been hoisted in official buildings (the parliament and the government) in Simferopol, Crimea, seized by a group of some 120 unknown uniformed heavily armed men. The seizure occurred overnight without victims, after a day of violent clashes between pro-Russian and pro-new Ukrainian authorities that left at least 2 dead and 35 wounded. Some sources said the groups who seized the buildings were well-trained and organised and have weapons to defend their positions for months. To expel them without a negotiation would require a real battle. The defiance is there for the new authorities in a hostile territory, with a majority pro-Russian. A very difficult crisis to solve peacefully.

Crimea has in its territory the Russian Naval Base of Sevastopol which is part of the Black Sea fleet, and the Ukrainian interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said that any movement of Russian military servicemen with weapons outside the boundaries of their base into the territory of Ukraine “will be viewed as military aggression.” But he knows that without external help Ukraine has nothing to do against a military move from Russia, far more powerful.

Ukraine is asking to the UN to monitor the situation in the autonomous republic of Crimea round the clock.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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