Simmering beneath the rise of the pro-E.U. Ukrainian government in Kiev and the pro-Russia faction of the Crimea has been the question of the loyalty of Ukraine's armed forces. With a large Russian-Ukrainian contingent, it's been unclear whether the Ukrainian forces would really turn on their ethnic Russian-Ukrainian countrymen and Moscow's forces. Where does their loyalty really lie?
The government in Kiev got what must be a worrisome omen today when the newly-appointed commander of the Ukrainian navy defected to the pro-Russian government in Crimea.
The newly appointed head of Ukraine's navy has sworn allegiance to the Crimea
region, in the presence of its unrecognised pro-Russian leader.