1,000 armed men block Ukraine border guard unit in Crimea: Ministry

AFP , Sunday 2 Mar 2014

A group of 1,000 armed men were blocking the entrance to a unit of Ukraine's border guards in a tense standoff in the south of the flashpoint Crimea peninsula Sunday, the defence ministry said.

"One thousand armed fighters and around 20 trucks are blocking the perimetre of the 36th brigade of border guards... in Perevalne," the ministry said in a statement, as tensions remain high after Russia's parliament approved the deployment of troops in Ukraine. It did not indicate what nationality the armed men were.

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