From The Jewish Press:
Crimea’s Chabad Rabbi Yitzchak Meyer Lipszyc escaped Crimea with his
wife – and a Torah scroll – on the last train that left the area before
the Russian sealed it off.
“The main action in Crimea was taking place right across the street
from our synagogue,” said Rabbi Lipszyc, who has been a Chabad-Lubavitch
emissary in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, for more than two
decades. “There were demonstrations with over 30,000 people. The
protestors were pro-Ukrainian. But eventually the ones who took over
were in the unidentified uniforms—they were obviously Russian military.
There was Cossacks there too; for Jews that was a bit scary because of
their history in the pogroms.”