Russian soldiers storm Ukrainian military base in Crimea
Ukrainian leaders call for a united Western front against Russian aggression; Russia: It hopes to avoid a new Cold War, but sanctions would 'boomerang.'
By Anshel Pfeffer, Reuters and The Associated Press | Mar. 7, 2014 | 9:45 PM
Russian troops on Friday stormed a Ukranian military base 5 kilometers from the Ukranian city Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula. No shots have been fired.
The two sides were reportedly in the middle of negotiating the Ukraninian soldiers' terms of surrender, when the pro-Russian Crimean militia started assaulting the journalists who were reporting from the area. At least one journalist required medical treatment.
According to early reports, members of a pro-Russia militia used a truck to break though the gate of the base. The truck got stuck at the gate, and Russia soldiers climbed over it. Some 70 Ukrainian troops were said to still be holding out in the bunkers. The militia troops who broke through the perimeter demanded the Ukrainian soldiers surrender.
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