Target: Russian President Vladimir Putin
Goal: Advocate for peace between pro and anti-Russian troops on Ukrainian peninsula
Armed pro-Russian fighters forcefully overtook several buildings in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea recently, including government headquarters and the main airport in Simferopol. The armed militants annexed the Ukrainian parliamentary building in Crimea, barricading themselves inside and raising a Russian flag. Armed with automatic assault rifles, grenade launchers, and sniper rifles, the militants strategically seized critical buildings, and have also set up checkpoints outside of the peninsula’s largest port city.
The takeovers come a day after violent clashes between pro and anti-Russian protesters left dozens injured and one dead. Ukraine’s acting president Oleksander Turchynov believes that ethnic Russian separatists are behind the attacks on the peninsula, which is largely populated by ethnic Russians.
According to an official statement by Turchynov, police and troops have been ordered to protect Ukrainian citizens from this violence by any means necessary. The interim president also warned Russia that any movement of their troops on the peninsula would be considered military aggression, and would be responded to accordingly. Though Russia has previously stated that it would respect Ukraine’s national borders, its troops have been placed on high alert and have begun training exercises near the Ukrainian border.
Tensions between the two neighboring countries have reached a critical point as Ukraine’s new government seeks to improve relations with the European Union. Further aggression could push Ukrainian troops into action, resulting in an all-out territorial war. Ask Russian president Vladimir Putin to denounce the vigilante takeovers and advocate for peace in the Crimean peninsula.
Dear President Vladimir Putin,
Recently, pro-Russian vigilante groups violently seized strategic buildings in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula by barricading themselves inside and raising Russian flags. The armed group took control of an airport and government buildings in the capital, Simferopol, as well as set up road checkpoints outside of the peninsula’s largest port city. The takeovers follow violent clashes in the city between pro and anti-Russian demonstrators which left dozens injured and one dead.
Oleksander Turchynov, Ukraine’s acting president, has put troops and police on high alert, and has pledged to protect the peninsula’s citizens from further violence by any means necessary. He also stated that any movement by Russian troops on the peninsula will be considered military aggression, and will be met with force.
With tensions rising, the situation could escalate into territorial war at the slightest provocation. I ask that all measures are taken to prevent this, including a Russian appeal to the militants to stand down as well as efforts to avoid any actions that could be considered aggressive.
[Your Name Here]
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