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    On The Scene: VOA's Elizabeth Arrott in Simferopol, Crimea

    On the Scene: VOA's Elizabeth Arrott in Simferopoli
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    March 03, 2014 8:28 PM
    The international war of words over Ukraine overshadowed any physical confrontations on the ground Monday. VOA's Elizabeth Arrott has more from Simferopol, capital of Ukraine's contested Crimean republic.
    On the Scene: VOA's Elizabeth Arrott in Simferopol
    Elizabeth Arrott

    • A Ukrainian soldier stands behind a fence while unidentified armed men block the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy in Sevastopol.
    • An unidentified man braves the elements to run on the National Mall as snow falls in Washington, prompting area schools and the U.S. federal government to close.
    • Gold and silver bars and coins are stacked on a table in the safe deposit boxes room of the ProAurum gold house in Munich, Germany. The threat of war between Ukraine and Russia sent investors scurrying for relative safety Monday.
    • Actress Lupita Nyong'o celebrates winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for '12 Years a Slave' in the press room during the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 2, 2014.
    • Members of the African National Congress Women's League sing in front of the courthouse ahead of the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria.
    • Attendants serve tea before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
    • Protesters picket the Chinese Consulate at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines, to protest the recent use of water cannons by Chinese coast guard to drive away Filipino fishermen off the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
    • Thai Muslim villagers prepare birds and cages for a bird-singing contest in Yala province in southern Thailand, March 2, 2014.
    • Justin Savidis dogs await lineup in the musher lot before the official restart of the Iditarod dog sled race in Willow, Alaska, March 2, 2014.
    • A dog dressed up in a panda outfit takes part in an exhibition called "Pandas on Tour" in front of the Taipei City Hall on March 2, 2014.

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    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    March 04, 2014 5:29 AM
    My views or comment doesn't offend the views of other people. When I write, I choose my words, I am careful. If I do offend anyone on VOA, just don't read my comments. This a intellectual news or forum, we should be able to express our point of view without he or she getting angry. we should be that mature enough to control ourselves.

    by: Anonymous
    March 04, 2014 1:53 AM
    The world should stop buying gas from Russia, and new piplelines installed, at all costs. Unplug the Russian regime from their acts.

    Civilians all over Russia should send a strong message to the Kremlin that their acts will not be tolerated. The last thing the Russian people want is a leader who puts their country in jeopordy on world markets.

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    March 04, 2014 1:07 AM
    During the early second term of Mr. Obama, He promised Mr. Putin some things, He told you just wait when I am elected, Is this what he promised Mr. Putin? Mr. Putin needs to back off from Crimea, the world has enough problem, This is a hijack and a standoff, Mr. Putin has hijack Crimea from Ukraine.
    Mr. Putin is a terrorist, and he needs to be brought to justice. where is the international criminal court of justice? the Criminal court can only flex their muscles on the African leaders. It is time for the African leaders to be wise and reading the signs of the time.
    All I am saying Mr. Putin needs to get his fair share like all the rest of the African dictator. The international court of justice cannot just set the laws for certain group of people, NO. Mr. Putin has crossed the red line, and he must be brought to justice. We are calling on the Ukraine military and its people to stand for what they believed. The international community needs to stop Mr. Putin nonsense.Mr.Putin is indefayant to the international laws. Crimea is part of Ukraine, and you cannot create a State with in a State. Mr. Putin must go back to Russia

    by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
    March 03, 2014 11:34 PM
    The Citizen of Crimea don't know what is ahead of them. They can resolve this thing in an amicable way, If they are looking up to war, because Russia is backing them, They are in for a surprise. (1) whenever there is war, the poor people and the common Citizens suffer. (2) The people of Ukraine has the international community, including the US, EU and the UK backing the Ukraine. Russia dare not to fire at these people, cuz there will be no Russia nor Crimea. Mr. Putin has crossed the red line. had it been one of the African leaders, by this time, this is another story.
    So the people of Crimea don't need war, cuz it won't be good for Crimea. War is going to push Crimea back into the stone age. So both party need to think twice before they consider military action.

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