Russia takes 'de facto' control of Ukraine's Crimea region
News reports and witnesses say that Russian troops have taken de facto control of the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine. The new government in Kiev calls Russia’s action as "an act of war." The U.S., U.N. and E.U. have all condemned what they consider Russian aggression. This comes after Ukraine’s transitional government in Kiev announced its choices to fill key leadership posts. We'll examine the latest developments with Marta Farion and Karyn Gershon.
Farion is a Ukrainian American community leader, an expert on education in Ukraine and president of Kyiv Mohyla Foundation of America.She'll explain how the student movement became so prominent in Ukraine. Joining Farion is Karyn Gershon, executive director of Project Kesher. The group facilitates the work of “women's groups and interfaith coalitions in Ukraine and Russia.” Gershon connected today with numerous women in the region. She'll tell us what they've seen and what the mood is like on the ground in Ukraine.
PHOTO: (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) - People walk pass a barricade in a strew heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Russian military were blocking the airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea near the Russian naval base while unidentified men were patrolling another airport serving the regional capital, Ukraine's new Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Friday.