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Russia seizes another Crimean military base

Ukrainian marines were carried out of the base with their hands tied by Russian troops.

An activist carries a Russian flag during a rally at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
An activist carries a Russian flag during a rally at a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
Image: Sergei Grits/AP/Press Association Images

RUSSIAN TROOPS HAVE seized control of a new Ukrainian military base in Crimea, throwing stun grenades and tying up the hands of Ukrainian marines, the Ukrainian defence ministry said.

The Russian troops stormed the naval base in Feodosia in western Crimea in the early hours of the morning, using armoured personnel carriers and stun grenades, the spokesman of the Ukrainian defence ministry for Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, wrote on his Facebook page.

He said that three Russian vehicles were then seen leaving the base carrying Ukrainian marines whose hands had been tied up. Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger.

Russia last week incorporated Crimea into its territory, in defiance of international anger, and Moscow has in the last days moved to ensure total military control over the peninsula.

Elite Russian troops firing into the air and backed by armoured vehicles had on Saturday stormed Ukraine’s Belbek airbase in Crimea after earlier taking other bases as well as naval vessels.

© AFP, 2014

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