Did Russia Deliver an Ultimatum to Ukraine’s Military?
March 3, 2014 - 9:23 am
There are conflicting reports that Russia has issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces with Crimean bases: Surrender or else.
The Russian military has given Ukrainian forces in Crimea until 5 a.m. Tuesday (10 p.m. ET Monday) to surrender or face a “storm,” Interfax news agency reported.
“If they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, we will start a real storm in Ukrainian bases in Crimea,” according to the statement sent by the Russians to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, a ministry source told Interfax. NBC News could not immediately confirm the report.
The ultimatum was attributed to Alexandr Vitko, chief commander of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.
Kremlin-friendly Russia Today reports that no such ultimatum has been given. Then again, the Russians denied they were going to send troops into Crimea until they sent troops into Crimea. The Obama administration believed them.
Russia has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting for later today. It probably intends to use its veto to block any UN sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.
North Korea has launched a pair of short-range missiles.
This ought to strike fear into our potential adversaries.
KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa — Since the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, U.S. military bases have hosted a gay marriage ceremonies and a potluck gatherings. But on Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.
Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.
Six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight — donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO Club at Kadena Air Base. The event was a fundraiser for the recently formed Okinawa chapter of OutServe-SLDN, which is the largest nonprofit advocate for the military’s LGBT community.
More: Russia is demanding Ukraine surrender a pair of its warships.