Ukrainian troops in Crimea are caught in a no-man's-land. They face the dilemma: to move on the Ukrainian mainland and go on serving to Ukraine or stay in Crimea and take an oath to Russia.
Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchnyov on March 24 ordered Kyiv's Defense Ministry to withdraw all Ukrainian troops from Crimea because of Russian military threats to the lives of Ukrainian soldiers and their families.
Meanwhile, defense officials in Kyiv are still wrestling with how to transport other loyal Ukrainian soldiers, RFE/RL reports.
Kyiv wants them to travel in their military vehicles. But there is no agreement with Russia allowing the overland withdrawal of Ukrainian military convoys.
On March 25, with growing public anger about the handling of the Crimean crisis and the dilemma for loyal Ukrainian soldiers, Ukrainian Parliament dismissed acting Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh.