UPDATE 1-Ukraine warns Moscow against Russian military movements in Crimea

Thu Feb 27, 2014 4:08am EST

KIEV Feb 27 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it would regard any movements by Russian military in Crimea outside the Russian Black Sea fleet's base in Sevastopol as an act of aggression.

Acting President Oleksander Turchinov issued the warning in the national parliament after armed men seized the regional government and parliament buildings in Crimea, where some ethnic Russians want the region to join the Russian Federation.

Turchinov, who is also the head of Ukraine's armed forces, appealed for Moscow to adhere to the rules of an agreement which allows Russia's Black Sea fleet to be based in Sevastopol until 2042.

"I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet ... Any military movements, the more so if they are with weapons, beyond the boundaries of this territory (the base) will be seen by us as military aggression," he declared.

The identities of the men in the buildings in the regional capital of Simferopol were not immediately known and they issued no demands.

But witnesses said they raised the Russian flag - an act which appeared to suggest they were ethnic Russian separatists, which will add to growing alarm among Ukraine's new leaders of secessionist tendencies on the peninsula.

"Criminals in military fatigues with automatic weapons have seized the buildings," Turchinov told parliament, which had been called into session to name a new government following the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich last Saturday.

Appealing for calm, he said he had given orders to all the security structures of Ukraine to take all necessary measures to protect its citizens.

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Comments (3)
CaptainUSA wrote:
So its ok for his people to seize parliment with bats and guns, but nobody else can do it. Would like to see how the USA and EU come out on this one, they support the taking of parliment by force in Kiev but are Against it in Crimea LOL

Feb 27, 2014 4:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Arreb wrote:
This could be another US sponsored staged event to make Russia look bad as well. We have seen repeatedly when things do not go the right way for those criminals in Washington the stage attacks and events then cry wolf.

Feb 27, 2014 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
Arreb wrote:
This could be another US sponsored staged event to make Russia look bad as well. We have seen repeatedly when things do not go the right way for those criminals in Washington the stage attacks and events then cry wolf.

Feb 27, 2014 10:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
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