Breaking News: UKRAINE, RUSSIA INCH CLOSER TO WAR: Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service: 30 Russian Marines block maritime detachment (i.e., Ukrainian coast guard base) in Sevastopol; Russian Black Sea Fleet denies 400 Marines blockading Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Belbek airfield near port city; Turkish airliner aborts landing at Simferopol after being informed of facility’s armed seizure; no comment from Russian Foreign and Defense Ministries on Crimean situation
February 28, 2014
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Since yesterday, Russian troops, some masquerading as pro-Russia militiamen, have seized the following sites in Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula:
- One hundred twenty heavily armed gunmen stormed and occupied regional parliament building in Simferopol, just prior to a vote on regional secession.
- Fifty gunmen stormed the civilian airport in Simferopol, but some reports suggest facility is still operating and that some gunmen have departed.
- Four hundred armed men, reportedly Russian Marines, have seized the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Belbek airfield in Sevastopol.
- Thirty armed men, also reportedly Russian Marines, have blockaded the Ukrainian coast guard base in Sevastopol.
The regional government in Simferopol and the municipal government in Sevastopol no longer recognize the authority of the central government in Kiev.
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Euronews.com feature: Ukraine crisis – how it unfolded (scroll down for timeline)