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Armed men seize govt building, parliament in Crimea, Ukraine

Published on Feb 27, 2014 1:45 PM
 
Ukrainian police separate ethnic Russians (right) and Crimean Tatars during rallies near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol Feb 26, 2014. Armed men have seized the regional government headquarters and parliament on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (REUTERS) - Armed men have seized the regional government headquarters and parliament on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, Interfax news agency said on Thursday,

It was not immediately clear who was in control of the buildings but a Reuters correspondent on the scene said the Russian flag was flying over both in the regional capital, Simferopol.

Ethnic Tatars who support Ukraine's new leaders and pro-Russia separatists had confronted each other outside the regional parliament on Wednesday.

Interfax quoted a local Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, as saying on Facebook: "I have been told that the buildings of parliament and the council of ministers have been occupied by armed men in uniforms that do not bear any recognisable insignia."

 
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