Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around. "I am appealing to the military leadership of the Russian Black Sea fleet," said Olexander Turchinov, acting president since the removal of Viktor Yanukovich last week. "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
Local leader says armed men seize two government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region: http://t.co/CoX8fDOAuH — The Associated Press (@AP) February 27, 2014
MORE: Armed men who seized buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region raise Russian flag over a barricade: http://t.co/cqpDn6OmHu — The Associated Press (@AP) February 27, 2014
Russian flag raised over Crimea government building in #Ukraine http://t.co/Pp1SzUkY1Y pic.twitter.com/hLTPxW0WFW — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 27, 2014Ousted President Viktor Yanukovich is said to have been "granted" protection inside Russia.
BREAKING: Ukrainian fugitive president Viktor Yanukovych asks for Russia's protection from "extremists." — The Associated Press (@AP) February 27, 2014