Sevastapol (Ukraine), March 10 (Reuters): Unidentified armed men fired in the air as they moved into a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea today in the latest confrontation since Russian military groups seized control of the Black Sea peninsula.
Russian forces have in little more than a week taken over military installations across Crimea, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the regional parliament, declared Crimea part of the Russian Federation and announced a referendum for Sunday to confirm this.
Today, a group of about 10 unidentified armed men fired in the air at a Ukrainian naval post in Crimea, a Ukrainian defence spokesman was quoted as saying. Ukraine’s Channel 5 television quoted Vladislav Seleznyov as saying the shooting took place at a motor pool base near Bakhchisaray. The men in two minibuses drove into the compound and demanded Ukrainian personnel there give them 10 trucks. Earlier, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted an unnamed Ukrainian official describing the men as Russian troops and saying that none of the Ukrainians at the site was injured.