The situation there continues to be interesting. Now, former president Yanukovich seems to have fled to Russia and is appealing to Russia for safety.
He said he remains the lawful president of the country and denounced the "lawlessness" in the Ukraine and said, "Unfortunately, everything that is happening in the Verkhovna Rada [the new Parliament] has no legitimate nature."
I think that's wrong.
Elsewhere in Ukraine, armed gunmen seized the government headquarters in Crimea and raised a Russian flag above it.
That article describes Crimea as follows:
Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian majority, is the last big bastion of opposition to the new political leadership in Kiev following the ouster of Yanukovich on Saturday.Crimea was transferred from Russia to the Ukraine in 1954 by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
While legally part of Ukraine, Crimea is highly pro-Russia and at times has pushed for independence from Ukraine. Further complicating this picture, part of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based in Crimea, which gives it enormous stake in the fate of Crimea.
I'm not an expert on Ukraine, Crimea, or Russia, but the scenario that at first blush seems somewhat practical, and also legitimate, would be for Crimea to break off from the rest of Ukraine and become independent, while leaving the rest of Ukraine to the new Parliament.
[UPDATE: See the next post: Ukraine Update (3)]