Armed men seize two airports in Ukraine’s Crimea, Yanukovich reappears

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February 28, 2014

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine | Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine’s new leadership described as an invasion and occupation by Moscow’s forces, and ousted President Viktor Yanukovich reappeared in Russia after a week on the run.

Yanukovich said he would continue the struggle for Ukraine’s future as tension soared on the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, the only region with an ethnic Russian majority and last major bastion of resistance to the overthrow of the Moscow-backed leader.

More than 10 Russian military helicopters flew into Ukrainian airspace on Friday over Crimea, Kiev’s border guard service said, accusing Russian servicemen of blockading one of its units in the port city of Sevastopol, where part of Moscow’s Black Sea fleet is based.

The fleet denied its forces were involved in seizing one of the airports, Interfax news agency reported, while a supporter described the armed group at the other site merely as Crimean militiamen.

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