Russians seize Ukrainian missile defence units in Crimea-Interfax

by Reuters
Wednesday, 5 March 2014 09:08 GMT

KIEV, March 5 (Reuters) - Russian forces seized two Ukrainian missile defence battalions in the Crimea region on Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted a military source as saying.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry was unable immediately to confirm on the report, which quoted the source saying: "We now expect the arrival of Russian missile specialists and pro-Russian activists who will have to persuade the Ukrainian military personnel to carry out joint combat duties."

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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