Pro-Ukrainian rallies are being held in Simferopol - the capital of Crimea.
Yesterday the first unit of the pro-Russian Military Forces of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was sworn in at a public ceremony in the city.
Eastern Ukraine's Babuchkas, older women who have worked hard to raise families, are said to be the real power in these parts of the world.
Ukranian military commander told ITV News the Russian men "have come to protect us. So why are their guns pointing towards our base?"
Fear is shaping events in Crimea, the multi-ethnic peninsula that finds itself at the heart of a tussle between great powers.