Reports of shots being fired at the Belbek airbase in Crimea are trickling out of area. The base was one of only a few military bases that still flew the Ukrainian flag. The Russians entered the base firing on their Ukrainian brothers.
A Ukrainian commander is believed to have been taken away by Russian forces, according to The Independent. Reuters also is reporting that, in addition to an injured serviceman, the base commander has been retained. The base commander is Colonel Yuliy Mamchur who, with his men, boldly faced the Russian forces as his base was being overrun and occupied.
Two armored carriers broke down the wall at the base after the Russians bean firing shots in the air. Mamchur’s men were gathered by the Russians as the main square in the base where they were given an ultimatum.
Deputy Commander Oleg Podovalov announced the Ukrainian servicemen were standing their ground, according to Reuters and BBC.
"We are willing to negotiate … the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian territory. Ukraine will never put up with the annexation of its territory and will do everything to liberate it," said Ukraine’s Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov yesterday.
The Belbek base, located near Sevastopol, is not the only one to fall into Russian hands. A base at Novofedorivka has also been attacked and, the BBC reports, is now under control of Russian forces. Ukrainian naval ships are also being seized by the Russian forces.
Russian forces have been taking control of Ukrainian facilities in Crimea.
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