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.
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.
Yesterday, there were reports that the Crimean local parliament asked to be part of Russia. Today, interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk calls that decision "illegitimate," saying "Crimea was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine."
Harassment of journalists and international observers is up in Ukraine, according to the Kiev Post, and yesterday Russian legislators introduced a bill which seems specifically tailored to crush any critiques of Russia's actions in Ukraine:
On March 6, Russian State Duma representative Evgenii Fedorov proposed a bill to make media executives criminally responsible for allowing “the publication of false, anti-Russian information that provides information in support of extremist and separatist, anti-Russian forces, including portrayals of events beyond Russian borders.”
Good luck and stay safe.
Thanks to Rob! for the heads up.