Kiev Orders Redeployment Of Troops; Two Ukrainians Captured As Crimean Base Stormed
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president says the country will pull its troops out of Crimea now that the region has been annexed by Russia.
Oleksandr Turchnynov says the Defense Ministry has been instructed to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine's mainland. Russian troops stormed and seized one of the remaining Ukrainian military bases in the region, capturing two servicemen.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said when Russian troops seized the marine base in the port of Feodosia today they detained up to 80 Ukrainian servicemen on-site and took two injured Ukrainians away by helicopter.
Russia completed its annexation of Crimea last week, after its troops took control over the Ukrainian region following the ouster of a Russian-leaning government in Kiev. Russian forces have seized Ukrainian ships and most military bases in Crimea. The West has leveled sanctions against Russia for its moves in Crimea.
Over the weekend, Russian forces stormed the Belbek air force base near Sevastopol and detained the commander.