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    Posted March 11, 2014 by
    csw1
    Location
    Sevastopol, Ukraine
    Assignment
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Ukraine unrest

    csw1 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Ukraine crisis as it unfolds

    Bet with the side with the money...and the troops

     
    I am in Sevastopol, very close to the Black Fleet Headquarters where soldiers come and go in large transport trucks. They are Russian, and there are many of them, contrary to anything Putin might say to the contrary. On the roads throughout Crimea there are sandbagged reinforced roadblocks manned by police and camouflaged militia units using mirrors to search the unercarriages of all cars for what? They say ""terrorist devices"...but they have found nothing. The Russian flags make clear the sympathies here.. Crimea will vote to embrace Russia.
    The people are going about their normal activities, although the streets feel empty. Victor, a 50 year old driver said with a shrug, " The Russians are here to stay. The Tatars are unhappy about it only. I like it."
    Several others have said the same thing. The new Kiev government is being equated to Nazism on numerous billboards. The money is being spent on Putin and the military. The Sunda vote will go this way. Outside Simferopol I witnessed a small protest gathering of Tatars with pro-Ukraine slogans. They looked poor and numbered under 200 roadside. They will not prevail.
    This vote is fait accompli. The violence is liable to happen after the vote.

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