Saturday, December 20, 2014   

Armed men hoist Russia flag atop Crimea parliament
(02-27 15:47)

Ukraine placed police and interior ministry troops on alert after armed men seized the government and parliament in the pro-Russian region of Crimea, interior minister Arsen Avakov said. (Pictured, Crimean Cabinet of the Ministers building in Simferopol, the regional capital).
Earlier, pro-Ukraine Tatars and pro-Russia separatists had angry exchanges outside the parliament.
“Early morning, unknown men armed with automatic and machine guns seized the building of the Crimean government in Simferopol,'' Avakov said in a Facebook post. “Interior troops and the entire police force have been put on alert,'' he said. The area has been cordoned off “to prevent bloodshed.''
The intruders raised a Russian flag over the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol.
Avakov said on his Facebook page: “Measures have been taken to counter extremist actions and not allow the situation to escalate into an armed confrontation in the center of the city.'' –AFP/AP
   
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