Russian troops seize Ukraine navy base in Crimea

Russian troops seized a Ukrainian naval base in Crimea, using the help of helicopters a Ukrainian military spokesman said. (File photo: Reuters)

Russian troops forced their way into a Ukrainian naval base in Crimea’s port city of Feodosia on Monday, a soldier inside the building said.

The forces used stun grenades and automatic weapons, a Ukrainian military official told Agence France-Presse.

"The invading troops were using stun grenades and also firing automatic weapons. The interior of the compound is full of Russian troops," Vladislav Seleznyov, a Ukrainian military spokesman in Crimea had earlier said.

Ukrainian military officer, First Lieutenant Anatoly Mozgovoy confirmed to Reuters that the base was taken over by the Russians, who took the Ukrainian flags down from the flagpoles.

The troops were trying to force their way using the help of helicopters, Seleznyov said earlier on Monday.

The base was one of few military facilities that continue to fly with a Ukrainian flag in Crimea, after its annexation by Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Crimea leaders, making the region officially part of Russia last Tuesday. The Russian parliament ratified the treaty last Friday through a unanimous vote.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama expanded U.S. sanctions against Moscow, while warning that more is to come for Russia, because of its actions in Ukraine.

The penalties, according to the U.S, president were a result of “choices the Russian government has made, choices that have been rejected by the international community."

(With Reuters)

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