Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control




 
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Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control
 
March 23rd, 2014  
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Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control
By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gabriela Baczynska BELBEK AIRBASE, Crimea (Reuters) - Russian troops used armored vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian forces also abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had to surrender two flagship vessels to Russian forces. The facilities at Belbek and Novofedorovka had been among the last still under Ukrainian control after Moscow's armed takeover and subsequent annexation of Crimea, which has a majority ethnic Russian population and harbors one of Russia's biggest naval bases at Sevastopol.




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