Landmines and gunfire are defining an invisible iron curtain along the joint Crimean and Ukrainian border; Russians living in Eastern Ukraine are demanding unity under Russian hegemony.
Land mines planted by Russian military at the top of the Crimean peninsula have set a new Russian boundry. Accompanying the mines are warning shots at any who approach the border.
Europe is much smaller today.
A convoy of 50 officers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was stopped by Russian soldiers and armed militias on a main road into the Crimean peninsula.
They were told they had no authorization to enter the areas.
The convoy was sent to address reports of Russians in Crimea threatening the Western-backed government in Kiev.
A Russian newspaper published photos of landmines being laid along the border near the second entry point to the peninsula close to the villages of Chongar and Nikolaevka.
Ukraines’s efforts at direct negotiations were rebuffed. Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said Russia didn’t start the conflict. He added that Russia won’t negotiate until they are treated with respect.
Eastern Ukraine, whose population is slightly more than half Russian, is demanding a Russian-backed government.
Dozens of Ukrainian networks are under cyberattack by a super worm known as ‘Snake.’
Vladislav Seleznyov, a Crimean-based spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces, said witnesses had seen amphibious military ships unloading approximately 200 military vehicles in the eastern area of Crimea, according to the AP.
Full story at the telegraph