Russia had said in a statement that it is mobilising its troops to protect its Russian speakers and its interests by armed force. With Crimean government buildings and other infrastructures being captured by men of Russian origin, who were also raising flags in government buildings, the Interim Prime Minister described the Ukraine-Russian relationships heading towards the brink of disaster.
According to a Maidan/ Independence Square protester, Ukraine is their homeland and Crimea is part of their country. He said that Russia has no right to take the country by armed force or even send their forces into the country. He affirmed that he and other protesters are ready to die for their country.
He also said that the protests began as being against the decision of the Ukrainian government to be integrated with Russia instead of the EU. Then it became a fight for their personal lives because of the attitude of their government as they protested in the square. The police were handling the protesters without any concern. Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych had even eliminated some protesters in the square by government sniper fire.
However, he said that many protesters also do not trust the interim government simply because they belong in the same political circle as the others who had left.