As the crisis inspired by the Russian invasion of Ukrainian Kiev worsened on Monday, the Russian Federation announced that it had called an immediate public meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York City for 3:30 p.m. ET. The meeting comes as reports indicate that Russian forces, which have surrounded a series of Ukrainian military bases in Crimea, have demanded that they surrender or face “a real assault.”
“If they do not surrender by 5 a.m. tomorrow, we will start a real storm in Ukrainian bases in Crimea,” read a statement sent by Russian military forces to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, according to a minister. This warning remains unconfirmed by Western press outlets.
“If they do not surrender before 5 a.m. tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea,” the Interfax news agency quoted a Ukrainian defense officer as saying. The ministry has said they have reached out to the Russian Black Sea Fleet for comment, but they have not yet received a response.
UPDATE: Russian sources report that Moscow is denying that any ultimatum has been issued to Ukrainian forces to disarm or face an assault.
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