An unidentified armed man patrols a square in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings occupied the airport in the capital of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region early Friday. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
HOST INTRO: Six days after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital city of Kiev, Ukraine remains in turmoil. Earlier today, armed men took position outside two airports in Crimea, stoking fears that the southeastern region will secede and perhaps even join Russia. Alexander Motyl is a political science professor at Rutgers-Newark and an expert on Ukraine and Russia. I asked him what the chances were of a secessionist rebellion.
Alexander Motyl is a professor of political science at Rutgers-Newark. He’s written extensively on Ukraine, including the 1993 book Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine After Totalitarianism.