Ukraine crisis: Russian troops take over another naval base in Crimea
Published on Mar 20, 2014 5:00 AM
SIMFEROPOL (REUTERS) - Russian forces took control of another Ukrainian naval base in Crimea late on Wednesday, a Ukrainian naval officer said.
Major Eduard Kusnarenko said there was no violence as the troops seized the naval transportation facility in Bakhchisaray, about 30 km southwest of the regional capital Simferopol.
"Russian troops came and asked us to leave the base, which we did," he told Reuters outside the base. "We will try again tomorrow to return to our post." Russian troops fired a shot in the air as journalists tried to approach the gate to the base.
Earlier on Wednesday Russian troops seized a Ukrainian naval base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol and raised the Russian flag.
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