As the crisis in Crimea evolves, both Ukranian and Russian military forces are on the move. Social media is facilitating coverage of all these developments, as local citizens report on what they are seeing on the ground, in the air, and on the Black Sea. The map below, assembled by CIGeography, shows the most recent reports on military deployments around the region.
They're updating daily, so keep an eye on their blog for updates on the situation. For more background and context on the crisis, delve into The Monkey Cage's series of posts by academic experts, including:
- Pippa Norris on the similar views of Russian- and Ukranian-speakers towards democracy;
- Gwendolyn Sasse on the potential for Crimean autonomy to defuse the crisis; and
- Eric Lohr on what the issuing of Russian passports means for Putin's long-term plans in the Ukraine.
Finally, over at Foreign Affairs, my former professor Keith Darden (then at Yale, now at American University's School of International Service) has a great piece on Ukraine's crisis of legitimacy.