Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says the captains and crews were ‘ready to defend their ships,’ while a Russian spokesman insisted no threat had been delivered to Ukraine’s government. President Obama said the administration is mulling economic and diplomatic steps to ‘isolate Russia,’ and the Pentagon suspended all military relations with the country.
Surrender your warships — or we’ll take them.
That was the ultimatum from Moscow on Monday as the crisis in Crimea escalated and President Obama warned that Russia was on “the wrong side of history.”
Four Russian Navy vessels had the Ukrainian ships Ternopil and Slavutych boxed inside the Black Sea port of Sevastopol and were refusing to let them leave.