ERR in Crimea: Local Russians Ripe for Picking by Russian Authorities

A demonstration in Crimea (Reuters/Scanpix)
3/3/2014 10:59 AM
Category: Politics

The residents of Crimea are living in the information sphere of the Russian Federation and therefore easily swayed by Russian authorities, ERR journalist Astrid Kannel reported from Crimea.

Kannel told ETV’s morning program on Monday that no significant developments have taken place since last night, and it is likely that Russia has control over the entire Crimea peninsula by now. Attaining total control is easier because most of the residents of Crimea are aligned with Moscow, she said.

“The average person is very much living in the information sphere of Moscow. It is very difficult to talk to them about what the EU has to offer Ukraine, and how it could be beneficial,” she said and added that even though the majority of them have never visited an EU state, they are convinced that everything is worse over there.

Soldiers without insignia moved in on Perevalnoye village on Sunday and surrounded the military base there, allegedly to protect it but in reality to prevent Ukrainian soldiers from leaving, Kannel reported earlier.

The soldiers refused to answer questions about who they were.

Kannel reported that the airport in Sevastopol is closed, there are, in fact, still flights to Moscow.

Going from Simferopol to Sevastopol, Kannel said she passed signs declaring “Where we are, there is also Russia."

“We are for Russia, we want to be with Russia. So that our children are not harassed, not forced to learn Ukrainian,” a local, Tatyana, told ERR.

Another Sevastopol resident said there are camps in Estonia, where NATO instructors were training military groups of youths who were eventually seen in Maidan.


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