US Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he arrives in Kiev on March 4, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine's new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. With the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea under near complete control by pro-Russian forces, US officials said Moscow could face sanctions within days. AFP PHOTO / POOL - Kevin Lamarque
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea – After blocking Ukrainian military bases in Crimea on March 2, Russia issued ultimatums to the Ukrainian army on March 3 to surrender by 5 a.m. on March 4 or face a “military storm.”
The deadline for surrender passed this morning, however, with no immediate reports of conflict.