Ukraine Demands Its "Seized Personnel" Be Released Shortly, Or Else
Ukraine acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has some stern demands of his Russian occupying force neighbors:
- *UKRAINE'S TURCHYNOV SEEKS RELEASE OF DETAINED CRIMEA PERSONNEL
- *UKRAINE PLEDGES 'ADEQUATE MEASURES' IF PERSONNEL NOT RELEASED
Furthermore, he promisese to take "appropriate steps" unless Crimean authorities free all hostages within 3 hours. For now, Russian forces refuse to negotiate. Meanwhile, Russia is standing both militarily and now economically behind Crimea as it affirms it will cover the region's budget deficit.
Ukraine acting President Oleksandr Turchynov wants seized personnel including Navy Chief Serhiy Hayduk released by 9pm local time.
Ukraine to take “adequate measures” if personnel not released by deadline, Turchynov says in website statement
Russian forces refuse to negotiate in Crimea: Turchynov
Russia will cover Crimea's estimated 55 billion rouble ($1.53 billion) budget deficit with funds from the federal budget, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Channel 1 state television on Tuesday.
"The volume of the (budget) deficit of Crimea and Sevastopol is about 55 billion roubles," Siluanov said in an interview televised by Channel 1.
"The whole sum will definitely be covered with federal budget."
So now we have another red-line at 3pmET...
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