Pro-Russian Forces Seize Ukrainian Naval Base

This Time article describes the current “political to a military stage” shift in Crimea.

TIME

Hundreds of Crimean forces stormed a Ukrainian naval base in the port of Sevastopol on Wednesday, one day after the fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer marked the first violent outbreak in the three-week standoff.

The AP reports that no shots were fired as hundreds of pro-Russian forces tore down the naval compound’s fences and swarmed into a square adjacent to the Ukrainian navy’s headquarters. According to an AP photographer on the scene, Ukrainian servicemen stood guard outside the building as the forces raised a Russian flag above the square.

The fatal shooting of a Ukrainian officer in the Crimean capital of Simferopol on Tuesday threatened to draw Russian and Ukrainian troops into open battle. Ukraine’s new government claimed the attackers wore Russian uniforms, though the reports could not be independently verified. Kiev reacted to the news by authorizing soldiers to use live fire against attackers, according to Reuters, making…

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