Skip to comments.BREAKING: AP ... witnesses Crimea self-defense forces storming Ukrainian navy (HQ) in Sevastopol
Posted on 03/19/2014 12:35:27 AM PDT by tcrlaf
Second Breaking News tweet on this. From AP's Twitter account, six minutes ago.
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Now breaking news on RT:
Sevastopol protesters storm Ukrainian Navy base in Crimea
The demonstrators have stormed the Ukrainian Navy HQ in the town of Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula.
The protesters have hoisted the flags of Russia and St. Andrew’s flag, the Russian Navy Ensign, according to Interfax news agency
People have been protesting outside the HQ since 08:00GMT. Several thousands of participants have cut the fences, stormed inside and changed the flags in the flagpoles.
The participants of the rally are currently holding talks with the representatives of the Ukrainian navy. Russian forces dont take part in the negotiations.
AP Article up Now:
Crimean forces storm Ukrainian navy HQ
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Crimea’s self-defense forces have stormed the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
An Associated Press photographer on Wednesday says he witnessed a group of the self-defense forces storm the headquarters and raise the Russian flag on the building.
It stands to reason. There cannot be any Ukrainian military bases left on Russia territory.
People have been protesting outside the HQ since 08:00GMT. Several thousand participants have cut the fences, stormed inside and changed the flags on the flagpoles.
The participants of the rally are currently holding talks with the representatives of the Ukrainian Navy. Russian forces are not party to the negotiations.
There was an immediate alarm on the territory of the HQ and the Ukrainian servicemen have lined up in front of the protesters, reports Interfax. The line was broken by the cars of the activists that entered the territory.
The protesters are calling upon the Ukrainian servicemen to leave the HQ. The ambulance has been called.
Some of the participants of the rally have been singing Russian anthem.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared, “the Ukrainian soldiers remaining in Crimea will have to make a choice about joining the Crimean forces which would become part of the Russian army or leaving the peninsula.”
There are about 20,000 Ukrainian soldiers still on Crimea territory.
MOSCOW, March 18 (RIA Novosti) Up to 20 warships and auxiliary vessels of the Ukrainian navy could become part of Russias Black Sea Fleet following the reunification of Crimea with Russia, a senior Russian lawmaker said Tuesday.
According to Adm. (Ret.) Vladimir Komoyedov, chair of the State Duma Committee on Defense, the Ukrainian navy comprises some 40 ships, 20 of which are currently docked at naval bases in Crimea at Sevastopol and Donuzlav Bay.
The Ukrainian ships that could be taken over by Russia include two corvettes, a command ship, several missile boats, minesweepers and the only Ukrainian submarine the Foxtrot-class Zaporizhia diesel-electric boat, the admiral said.
The Russian navy will also gain a developed naval infrastructure on the Crimean peninsula, including the Belbek naval airbase and a network of coastal fortifications, Komoyedov said.
“...There cannot be any Ukrainian military bases left on Russia territory....?
So you admit the South was correct in taking Fort Sumter?
Obama needs these people to sit down and talk to him
More from Sky News:
Pro-Russian forces have stormed the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol.
An Associated Press photographer said he witnessed a group of Crimea’s self-defence forces storm the base and raise the Russian flag over the building.
Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley said Ukrainian troops were reportedly injured after the gates were rammed as the assault began.
The latest flashpoint came after Russia’s foreign minister said sanctions imposed over its intervention in Crimea are “unacceptable and will not remain without consequences”.
TWEET from ABC’s Alexander Marquardt:
PT Commander of #Russia Black Sea Fleet going to #Ukraine Navy HQ to negotiate after stormed by pro-Russia forces.
LIVE STREAMING VIDEO now up on Ustream:
I just turned 52, and I continue to be utterly amazed that an average schmuck can follow world events, on the other side of the globe, in nearly real-time.
I still remember sitting in the dark in my room Circa, 1975, tuning through the frequencies with my Halicrafters SX-71 tube radio Ham outfit, listening for news from other nations.....
Guess it ultimately depends on whether you think their secession was legal or not.
TV crew setting up at the gate on the live stream now.
Are you kidding? The only folks Obahma wants sitting next to him right now, are those tracking his NCAA bracket!!!
You speak as if it’s not 2014.....America is not the same as then and certainly not what it is now... some in Cal. want to split the state...how about Hawaii? Not to mention other states looking at doing so.
MArgarite is right...they’ve been asked for weeks now to either Join with the Russian Military or leave their guns and go home. Apparently the Ukranian Gov. Leaders aren’t interested in removing their men...and would love nothing more than creating a situation to force Nato’s Military involvement....that’s what they want.
Another RT update:
There was an immediate alert on the territory of the HQ and the Ukrainian servicemen lined up in front of the protesters, reports Interfax. The line was broken by cars belonging to activists that entered the territory.
The protesters are calling upon the Ukrainian servicemen to leave the HQ. An ambulance has been called as a precaution.
Some of the participants of the rally have been singing the Russian anthem.
UkrStream.TV cameras which are currently recording the situation near the headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy show no violence on the precinct.
According to Sevastopol news websites, the Commander of the Russias Black Sea Fleet, Vice-Admiral Aleksandr Vitko, has just arrived in the HQ of the Ukrainian Navy and negotiations are underway.
Ukrainian armed forces commander Mikhail Kucin, has informed his Russian counterpart Valery Gerasimov that he has authorized the use of military force by troops stationed in Crimea, according to Ukraines Defense Ministry.
In a phone conversation with Gerasimov, Kucin has emphasized de-escalation and a political solution to the crisis, rather than a violent one. The green light to use force has been given by him in the aftermath of the events in Simferopol, which have led to the death of one Ukrainian soldier and another from the Crimean Self-Defense Forces, while two others were injured.