Ukrainian Navy chief refuses to follow orders from Kiev
This is the way things are likely to go, certainly in Crimea, and possibly in the SE or all of E Ukraine. Local officials, civilian or military, refuse to follow orders from new government in Kiev, whose legitimacy can be debated, for sure. Declare allegiance to local “autonomous” government, more or less pro-Russian.This certainly suggests that Putin is playing for big stakes. Perhaps something like the “Abkhaz” variant. Georgia claims Abkhazia, the Abkhazian government says it’s independent, Russia de facto controls Abkhazia.
New Ukraine navy chief ‘defects’
The newly appointed head of the Ukrainian Navy swears allegiance to Crimea in presence of its unrecognised prime minister.