International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv: Dear colleagues!
It has been three months since the confrontation of the President Viktor Yanukovych with the people of Ukraine began. Yesterday the conflict took on a threatening form. Current situation may result in a civil war. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet another viewpoint regarding this conflict. We will do our best to remain fair and objective.
March 3 – Putin's four demands made during his conversation with Merkel (in brief):
1. The government in Kyiv must sign an agreement to refrain from any ties with NATO.
2. Neither the US, NATO, or any other state will deploy X-Band or BX-1 radar stations on Ukrainian territory, whether on land, sea, or air.
3. There will be restrictions on the types of weapons the Ukrainian armed forces can use.
4. Local military units will be formed to protect the Russian-speaking population and ethnic Russian regions of Ukraine.
Putin emphasized in his conversation with Merkel that until these four conditions were met Russian forces would remain in place in Crimea, and if deemed necessary they would advance into other parts of Ukraine.
March 3 – The White House published the G7's statement on Russian troops' invasion of Ukraine: "We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation's clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine... We note that Russia's actions in Ukraine also contravene the principles and values on which the G-7 and the G-8 operate. As such, we have decided for the time being to suspend our participation in activities associated with the preparation of the scheduled G-8 Summit in Sochi in JuneWe are united in supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to choose its own future. We commit ourselves to support Ukraine in its efforts to restore unity, stability, and political and economic health to the country...
March 3 – Russia called an emergency session of the UN Security Council regarding the situation in Ukraine on March 3. All UN Security Council members condemned Russia for its aggression in Crimea.
March 3 – Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, who is evading prosecution from Ukrainian law enforcement in Russia, asked RF president Vladimir Putin to use troops to "restore law and order" in Ukraine.
March 3 – the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry published a list of conditions from its bilateral agreements with Russia, which the latter violated by intervening militarily in Crimea. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accuses the RF of violating the framework agreements on the Black Sea Fleet.
March 3 – The Ukrainian State Border Service is reporting a build-up of Russian military equipment on the state border along Kharkov, Lugansk, and Donetsk Oblasts. These actions may be a sign of Russian preparations for a mass invasion of Ukraine.
March 3 – The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes it is possible that Russia may soon begin a land invasion of Ukrainian territory across the Ukrainian-Russian border.
March 3 – The Commander of the RF Black Sea Fleet issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian troops: "If they do not surrender by 5:00 in the morning tomorrow (March 4th) there will be a real military assault on Ukrainian Armed Forces units and bases throughout Crimea." An actual assault on the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy began at 23.00 March 3rd.
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