And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Armed groups took over access to both main airports on the Crimean Peninsula.
The Ukrainian border guard service claimed that more than 10 Russian military helicopters flew from Russia into Ukrainian airspace over the Crimea region. It also said eight Russian transport planes had landed in Crimea with unknown cargo.
Russia confirmed that armoured vehicles attached to its naval base were moving around Crimea for “security” reasons.
Uniformed Russian servicemen were blocking off a unit of Ukrainian border guards in the port city of Sevastopol, where part of the Russian Black Sea fleet is based, according to Ukraine’s border service.
Ukrainian International, Ukraine’s biggest airline, said the airspace over the Crimea region had been closed.
There is no way that the US or UK will get into an armed confrontation with the Russians in the Crimea, irrespective of the treaty. The main significance of this very public impotency is that others with similar agreements will now see their true worth, and those with predatory impulses will see that there will be no real cost to aggression. Think China and Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines.
Obama said, “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” he said in a brief appearance. “The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”