Andriy Parubiy, the Security Chief of Keiv on 19 March 2014 announced that Ukraine has planned to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea. They will be shifted to the mainland of Ukraine quickly and efficiently.
On the other hand, the pro-Russian forces have seized two naval bases in Crimea that includes the Ukraine’s Navy headquarter in Crimean capital, Sevastopol. It has also detained the Serhiy Hayduk, the Navy Chief of the country.
Following these incidents, Ukraine has decided to leave Moscow led Commonwealth of Independent states alliance and will also look forward for military exercises with the UK and the US.
Moscow led Commonwealth of Independent states alliance
The Commonwealth of Independent States is also known as the Russian Commonwealth, which was formed during the disintegration of Soviet Union. This is a regional organization in which the participating countries are former Soviet Republics. Some of the members of the alliance had established the Eurasian Economic Community to create a fully fledged common market.
Official members of the Commonwealth of Independent states alliance since December 1991 are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The participation nation is Turkmenistan. Ukraine following its new decision became the second country to withdraw from membership after Georgia.
Comment: These steps by Russia and the pro-Russian forces can be termed as the crisis in Crimea and looked forward as the threat to the stability and security of European Union after the Cold War.
All these incidents occurred following the signing of the treaty between Moscow and Crimean leaders laying the provisions of absorption of the Crimean Peninsula region into Russia. This signing of the treaty for annexation of Crimea is a follow up of the event of voting on the referendum of the peninsula region on 16 March 2014, after the replacement of the pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych by Pro-West interim authorities.