U.S., other powers kick Russia out of G8. Ukraine far-right leader killed.
Ukraine’s Parliament dismissed the country’s acting defence minister on Tuesday, a day after the acting president ordered Ukraine’s military to leave the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as Russian forces consolidated their control there, CNN informs.
Ihor Tenyuh’s dismissal was initiated by acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, though the reason wasn’t immediately given. Parliament appointed Col. Gen. Myhaylo Koval as Tenyuh’s replacement.
Tenyuh was Ukraine’s defence minister as troops wearing uniforms without insignia, which the West said were Russian troops, surrounded Ukrainian bases in Crimea this month. Russia eventually annexed Crimea last week after a controversial referendum that Ukraine and the West say was illegal.
In another development, President Barack Obama and other world leaders have decided to end Russia’s role in the group of leading industrialized nations, the White House said Monday, CNN further reports.
The move to suspend Russia’s membership in the G8 is the latest direct response from major countries allied against Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
Tymoshenko calls for ‘strongest means’ against Russia if diplomacy fails
If diplomacy fails to persuade Russia to withdraw its forces from the Ukrainian region of Crimea, the world should apply the “strongest means” on Russia, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview Monday.
Amanpour asked Tymoshenko if she was calling for the West to use military force against Russia. She would not directly answer the question, saying that she “cannot solve this issue,” but she issued an appeal to help Ukraine. “I am asking all the world, personally every world leader, to use all the possibilities in order to avoid Ukraine losing Crimea.”