This, my friends, shows the priorities of two world leaders. On one side of the world, Vladimir Putin continues putting the old Soviet Union back together with an unopposed show of force.
Hundreds of Crimean self-defense forces stormed a Ukrainian naval base in the port of Sevastopol on Wednesday, one day after the fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer marked the first violent outbreak in the three-week standoff.
The AP reports that no shots were fired as hundreds of pro-Russian forces tore down the naval compound’s fences and swarmed into a square adjacent to the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters. According to an AP photographer on the scene, Ukrainian servicemen stood guard outside the building as the forces raised a Russian flag above the square.
The fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer in the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Tuesday threatened to draw Russian and Ukrainian troops into open battle. Ukraine’s new government claimed the attackers wore Russian uniforms, though the reports could not be independently verified. Kiev reacted to the news by authorizing soldiers to use live fire against attackers, according to Reuters, making standoffs outside of the Ukrainian bases all the more combustible.
President Barack Obama’s Final Four picks were revealed Tuesday evening, with his complete NCAA tournament bracket scheduled to debut Wednesday on ESPN’s SportsCenter, the sports network said.
This year, the president has Florida, Arizona, Louisville and Michigan State in the Final Four, ESPN said.
Really going out on a limb there, champ.
For the women’s tournament, Mr. Obama, an avid sports fan, picked Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame and Stanford to play in the Final Four. ESPN will unveil his complete women’s bracket on Friday.
This marks the sixth-straight year Mr. Obama has completed a bracket on air for ESPN.
He’s an avid sports fan. Outside of that he’s pretty much useless. Perhaps he’ll show he means business by having CBS cut off the feed of basketball games to the Russians.