Ukrainian Soldier 'Killed' in Crimea, Russia Mulls Sanctions

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Bulgaria: Ukrainian Soldier 'Killed' in Crimea, Russia Mulls Sanctions A Crimean police van is seen in front of an Ukrainian military unit were a shooting incident take place in the afternoon in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine 18 March 2014, Photo by EPA/BGNES

Tensions increased between Russia and Ukraine after reports of an incident at a naval base in Crimea's capital Simferopol.

Ukraine's military has announced that an officer has been killed in an attack on the base, Interfax news agency has informed. Other news sources suggest he was wounded in the neck.

Crimea's government officials have also declared that a member of their forces has died during the clashes.

In Crimea's city of Sevastopol, which is home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet, local residents have stormed a Ukrainian headquarters building, as ITAR-TASS agency has reported.

They seem to have taken over the building and raised the Russian flag over it, as local media have suggested.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has warned that the conflict on the Crimean peninsula is moving from a political to a "military phase".

He describe the reported assault on the Ukrainian base as "a war crime without any statute of limitations".

According to Euronews, Yatsenyuk has ordered the Defense Ministry to call a meeting with counterparts from Briatain, France, and Russia to prevent a further escalation. The three countries are signatories to the Budapest agreement which guaranteed Ukraine's borders back in 1994.

Interim President in Kiev Oleksandr Turchynov has compared Russia's annexation of Crimea, which was backed at a March 16 referendum on the peninsula, to Nazi Germany's takeover of Austria and the Sudetenland. 

Kiev has vowed not to recognize the move. 

Russia has meanwhile announced that it deems unacceptable the sanctions imposed against Moscow over the situation in Ukraine's autonomous region, the Parliament of which signed an agreement on Tuesday to be annexed to the Russian Federation.

In a telephone call to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Western actions "will not remain without consequences". 

The BBC reported Vladimir Putin's spokesman as saying that the document incorporating Crimea into Russia was already in effect.

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Lana J. - 19 Mar 2014 // 13:48:18

Thank God for the Internet! Otherwise, we will be fed with all the rubbish from mainstream media- bias and bent to USA mad barking.

sa-sha - 19 Mar 2014 // 13:41:57

sniper, гад.....

sa-sha - 19 Mar 2014 // 13:17:39

Dear Novinite, do watch:
Right now, in Kiev, the members of "Right Sector" and Svoboda[Freedom] party "put Ukraine in order", in a fascist-style order. This time their "target" is Your colleague, the CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, absolutely loyal to those "new authorities", btw.....Your impression, Dear Novinite? Everything is OK?

As for the Simferopol' snipper, who "attacked" and killed 2 persons, one from that base (not "naval" one, Simferopol is a bit TOO far from the sea) and another from the "self-defence contingent of Crimea": a 17-year
old snipper from Western Ukraine, one of the "Right Sector" fighters. Puzzled, dear Novinite?

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