As the tussle between Ukraine and Russia continues, tension is high and the possibility of the two parties resorting to violence to press home their demands is not ruled out. The crisis has taken an international dimension as the United States and the EU are in proponents of Ukraine’s right over Crimea.
However, it appears that Ukraine is afraid of confronting Russia. CNN reported that Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered the withdrawal of Ukraine’s armed forces from Crimea yesterday, citing Russian threats to the lives of military staff and their families.
The Ukrainian President’s spokesman said, “The acting President of Ukraine has given an order to the Ukraine Defense Ministry for the withdrawal of all Ukrainian forces from Crimea. The soldiers’ families will be evacuated as well”.
Also, according to CNN, Russian troops have seized most of Ukraine’s bases in the peninsula, including a naval base at Feodosia on Monday. Russia annexed Crimea last week after a controversial referendum that Ukraine and the West say was illegal.
It is obvious that Ukraine cannot go to war with Russia; however it is left for Ukraine’s allies to help the besieged country save face.