Ukrainian servicemen walk out of Crimean navy base

by Reuters
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 09:14 GMT

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 19 (Reuters) - Around a dozen Ukrainian servicemen, unarmed and in civilian clothes, walked out of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Wednesday after it was taken over by pro-Russian forces, a Reuters witness said.

Crimeans voted at the weekend to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and the peaceful handover of military facilities to Moscow's control has been a major concern after one Ukrainian was killed in a shooting at a military facility in Crimea's main city Simferopol on Tuesday. (Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic; Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Alessandra Prentice)

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