Russian Troops Storm Ukrainian Air base in Crimea


Armed Russian forces backed by armored vehicles broke into a Ukrainian airbase Saturday in Crimea.  The three armored vehicles reportedly rammed through a gate of the Belbek airbase after Russian forces had given word to troops inside to either surrender or prepare to be stormed.

Reports from the scene indicate that the armored vehicles smashed through the gates of the compound while other Russian soldiers broke through the walls in other sections of the facility.

According to a correspondent with AFP, armed men wearing camouflage and sunglasses fired automatic weapons into the air and dismantled a camera providing a live feed of the front gate of the base.  Russian soldiers were also seen pointing guns at Ukrainian soldiers.

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According to a Ukrainian defense ministry official, at least two soldiers were shot during the raid of the base, though there are no reports of any deaths.

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Here, you can watch video from the video camera feed at the Ukrainian air base:

There are, in total, only about three Ukrainian strongholds in the region of Crimea.  With the Belbek base now under Russian control, the number of remaining Ukrainian strongholds has now fallen by one.

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