Armed men seize parliament in Ukraine's Crimea

2014-02-27 08:36
(Sergei Gapon, AFP)

(Sergei Gapon, AFP)

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Kiev - Armed men have seized the regional government building and the parliament building in Ukraine's Crimea, scene on Wednesday of a confrontation between pro-Russia separatists and supporters of the country's new leaders, Interfax news agency said on Thursday.

It quoted a local Tatar leader, Refat Chubarov, as saying on Facebook: "I have been told that the buildings of parliament and the council of ministers have been occupied by armed men in uniforms that do not bear any recognisable insignia".

"They have not yet made any demands," he said.

Phone calls to the Crimean legislature are ringing unanswered, and its website is down. But the Interfax news agency reports that the legislature's press office has confirmed the building has been seized.

Fistfights broke out on Wednesday outside the legislature's building in Simferopol between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators.

In Kiev, opposition leaders who took charge after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled were working on forming a new government to chart a path forward for the country and its ailing economy.

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