What's Going On in Ukraine? An Up-to-Date Guide


At a Coast Guard base in Crimea, a soldier speaking to reporters said he was a contractor from Russia and that the surrender of the base had been emotional, not violent. Troops who supported Russia were seen hugging those who support Ukraine and were leaving. To add to the complex situation and emotions, one soldier standing out front, when asked whether he was Russian or Ukrainian, replied, "My grandfather used to say Ukraine is the best Russia has."

At the same base, Russia forced 15 Ukrainian naval ships to leave a Crimean port or surrender. They fled to Odessa.

5. The World is Waiting to See What Will Happen Next

Ukraine said today that it will not launch any military operations and pleaded with world powers to "give us time," but it has mobilized its troops to readiness levels.

Russia has not made any move to go beyond Crimea into the rest of Ukraine.

World leaders will decide on how to respond to Russia's military moves this week, which could include economic sanctions or more serious action.

The AP contributed to this report.

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