SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine – The Russian navy issued an ultimatum Monday to Ukraine’s military in Crimea to surrender at dawn in what British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday is the “biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century.”
The warning came in Monday afternoon from Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Aleksandr Vitko in the Crimean port of Sevastopol.
“If they do not give up by 5 a.m. tomorrow, there will be a real storm of subdivisions and units of Ukraine’s military forces all over Crimea,” Vitko was quoted by Russia’s official Interfax news agency.
Ukraine’s interim prime minister in Kiev remained defiant.
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