Post by ibrake4rappers13 on Mar 1, 2014 23:21:20 GMT -5
Ukraine told Russia that a military invasion would be an act of war following a vote by lawmakers in Moscow to give President Vladimir Putin the right to send troops after pro-Russian forces seized control of Crimea.
Ukraine, which put its military on full combat alert, is ready to fight for its sovereignty, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a news conference in Kiev yesterday. The government is taking “all measures” to ensure peace and unity, Yatsenyuk said. Putin told U.S. President Barack Obama that Russia may act in Ukraine if violence spreads to Russian-speaking regions, the Kremlin said in a statement.
According to a White House statement, in a 90-minute phone call, Obama “expressed his deep concern over Russia’s clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity” and told Putin his country is violating international law by sending troops into Ukraine.
The U.S. is suspending preparations for a meeting of the Group of Eight industrial nations in Russia in June, according to the statement, and calling on Russia to withdraw its forces to bases in Crimea, refrain from interfering elsewhere in Ukraine and conduct “direct engagement” with the country’s newly-formed government.