Analysis Amid Crisis, Ukrainian Military's Neutrality Hangs in the Balance

NATO has courted the Ukrainian generals for years but their ties to the Red Army are historically and culturally entrenched.

Last weekend, according to a rumor circulating around Kiev, Admiral Yuriy Ilyin, the navy commander who was suddenly promoted as chief of the General Staff for Ukraine's armed forces had promised (by now former) President Viktor Yanukovych he would deal with the demonstrators in Independence Maidan "like in Israel."