UKRAINE – Tensions escalate in the Ukraine as Russian forces take over a border guard post in western Crimea, forcing officers’ families from their houses. No weapons were fired; the takeover went smoothly — for the Russians at least.
They’re probably getting fairly good at the guard-post takeover. This is their eleventh.
The interim Ukrainian prime minister flies to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss the crisis. Despite U.S. warnings to Moscow that any moves to annex Crimea would close the door to diplomacy, Russia continues to lean in – claiming it’s not their fault. The Russian foreign minister’s direct quote — “this crisis was not created by us.”