Mere days ahead of Crimea’s referendum to join Russia (or not) and following reports of shots fired between Russian and Ukrainian forces, the Ukraine Defense Ministry reports (via Facebook):
- *UKRAINE LIEUTENANT COLONEL DEFECTS TO RUSSIAN FORCES: MINISTRY
- *UKRAINE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF CRIMEA UNIT DEFECTS: UKR MINISTRY
- *OFFICER CONVINCES ‘SEVERAL’ SOLDIERS TO DEFECT: DEF MINISTRY
It would appear Crimea is annexing itself as this comesjust one week after the head of Ukraine’s Navy defected.