Israel Hayom | Winds of war blow through Crimea
Ukrainian minister accuses Russia of “military invasion and occupation” as Russian troops block international airport Friday morning • U.S. pledges support for new Ukrainian government • Kerry: Lavrov assured me Moscow would not intervene militarily.
David Baron, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
It is becoming increasingly clear: The key to Ukraine’s near future lies in Crimea.
Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new leadership in Kiev since pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted last weekend.
The region also provides a base for the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. Kiev’s new rulers said any movement by Russian forces beyond the base’s territory would be…