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Russian troops surround Crimea airbase, issue ultimatum

Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 6:29pm IST | Agency: Reuters

Russian troops have surrounded a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea and issued an ultimatum to forces inside to surrender, the deputy commander of the base in Belbek, near Sevastopol, said on Saturday.

"The Russian troops at our aerodrome gave us an hour to surrender or they will start storming. We are going nowhere, let's see what this storming is," Oleg Podovalov told Reuters.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic, Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)




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