The Acting President of the Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, has stated that the Ukraine will not use military force to block Crimean secession. The ostensible reason? Doing so “would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected.”
Well, duh. Ya think?
As one might expect, Turchynov also cast aspersions on the upcoming Crimean referendum, stating: “What they call the referendum will not happen in Crimea but in the offices of the Kremlin.”
Dunno about that, Mr. Acting President. Since the majority of the Crimea’s population (58+%) is ethnically Russian and less than 25% is ethnically Ukrainian, I kinda think a completely fair referendum in the Crimea on reuniting with Russia has a damn good chance of passing – and likely by a fairly large margin.
Still, it’s nice to see that someone involved recognizes reality when they see it. In this case, I’m not convinced the current US Administration yet does.