Western media and the self-proclaimed government in Kiev are ranting about the “Russian invasion” in Crimea. However, international journalists on the scene are struggling to find any evidence of these claims and paint quite a different picture.
“When I traveled to Crimea, I expected to find what I saw back home: images of a mighty Russian military storming Ukraine, of protests and politicians claiming that an invasion was taking place right in front of our eyes,” journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter told RT in Simferopol. “I confess I did see one Russian tank [a war memorial], but it has been here since the 1940s.”
The city is the region’s capital, and has seen many photos of men wearing military uniforms emerge online, with claims that they are Russian soldiers.
“I saw people who admit they aren’t soldiers, even though they wear uniforms and they are armed,” the journalist told RT.
Also on the ground is journalist Ryan O’Neill, who is in Sevastopol, and who told RT there is indeed a military presence in the city – but completely legal.
“It [the military presence] has been here for ages, and that’s because this is the home of the Russian Black Sea fleet, which has been legally based here for years,” O’Neill said.