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Russia without Ukraine is a country;
Russia with Ukraine is an empire.

During the Great War, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Lenin took it back
During the Great Pariotic War, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Stalin took it back
During the Winter Olympiad, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Putin let it slip away

Ukraine Crisis - 27 February 2014

2014 CrisisUkraine's acting president warned Russia against moving troops outside its base in Crimea. The warning followed the seizure of the local parliament building by unidentified gunmen. In Simferopol overnight, armed men seized government buildings and raised the Russian flag. The Interfax news agency quoted a witness as saying there were about 60 heavily armed people inside. They were desribed as Russian speakers in uniforms that did not carry identification markings. Oleksandr Turchnyov warned its powerful neighbor that if Russian troops advance beyond their base in Sevastapol, Ukraine will consider it “military aggression.” Russia had expressed concern about the majority Russian-speaking population of Crimea following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed concern about the latest events in Crimea. “This morning’s action by an armed group is dangerous and irresponsible. I urge Russia not to take any action that could escalate tension or create misunderstanding," said he during a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Brussels. He also stressed existing ties between NATO and Ukraine. "Ukraine is and remains an important partner for NATO. NATO is and remains a friend of Ukraine. And a sovereign, independent and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is and remains key to Euro-Atlantic security,” said Fogh Rasmussen.

The Supreme Council of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea dismissed the regional government February 27, 2014, electing a pro-Russian party leader as its new chair. The decision to dismiss Crimea’s Council of Ministers was supported by 55 out of 64 Crimean MPs. The no-confidence motion came as a result of “unsatisfactory” work by the regional government. The MPs also voted in favor of holding a referendum to decide the future of Crimea on 25 May 2014.

The Ukrainian parliament elected former opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk as the country's prime minister. Yatsenyuk, a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was backed by 371 of 417 participating MPs. Yatsenyuk said the economic situation in the country would not improve fast. "The Ukrainian coffers have been embezzled and are empty. I don't promise improvement today or tomorrow. The task of the government is to stabilize the situation". Before his election, Yatsenyuk vowed to sign an association agreement with the European Union and promised to keep Crimea inside Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said it hoped that the European Parliament's position on the prospect of Ukraine’s eventual membership in the European Union would soon be supported by a decision of the EU Council. "We hope that the position of the European Parliament that was fixed in a resolution regarding the prospects of Ukraine's membership in the EU in accordance with Article 49 of the EC Treaty will soon be supported by the relevant decision of the Council of the European Union", the Ministry said in a statement. The Ministry also said that the key elements of the resolution coincide with the priorities of the new Ukrainian government, "especially in the context of ensuring the territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity of Ukraine, activation of systemic reforms with the support and assistance of the EU and the early signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU."

The new PM of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said that Viktor Yanukovich remains the legally elected president of Ukraine. Aksyonov also said he hoped for financial assistance from Russia. "In this case Mr. Yanukovich is still legally elected president” Aksyonov said. "In our complex time, I'm certain, that the Russian Federation will extend a helping hand and provide assistance, including financial, to Crimea that we could organize our political situation." President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian government to explore the issue of providing humanitarian aid to Crimea following a request from the Ukrainian autonomous republic.

The overall number of people injured as a result of riots in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, reached 810, the Health Ministry press service reported at 6:00 pm (8:00 pm Moscow time) on February 27, 2014. A total of 810 people had sought medical care because of the clashes since February 18. Of them, 540 were admitted to hospitals. Thirty people requested medical aid between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on February 27, 2014. Of them, 20 were hospitalized. The death toll from the Kiev unrest remained at 82.

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