Ukraine in crisis as new navy chief 'defects' to Russia

JOHN Kerry has called Russia's military incursion into Ukraine "an incredible act of aggression" and said President Putin has made "a stunning, wilful" choice to invade another country.

The US Secretary of State urged Russia to respect the democratic process through which the Ukrainian people ousted their pro-Russian president and assembled a new government.

He raised the possibility of boycotting the June meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrialised countries in Sochi, Russia, and said the country could face visa bans, asset freezes, and trade and investment penalties.

His comments came as it emerged that the newly appointed head of Ukraine's navy had "defected" to the Crimea region, pledging allegiance to its unrecognised pro-Russian leader and surrendering the country's Sevastopol headquarters.

The Ukrainian security council said it has fired Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky, and that it would be opening a case against him for treason.

Read more at The Independent


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