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Ukraine: Russian forces patrol Crimea airports

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published February 28, 2014 at 7:20 a.m. Updated February 28, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.

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An unidentified gunman uses his radio while he and others block the road toward the military airport at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Russian troops took control of the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine's interior minister charged Friday, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict. Russian state media said Russian forces in Crimea denied involvement.

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian troops took control of the two main airports in the strategic peninsula of Crimea, Ukraine's interior minister charged Friday, as the country asked the U.N. Security Council to intervene in the escalating conflict. Russian state media said Russian forces in Crimea denied involvement.

Meanwhile, fugitive Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday pledged to fight for his country's future, in his first public appearance since disappearing from Ukraine.

No violence was reported at the civilian airport in Crimea's capital, Simferopol, or at the military airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, also part of Crimea. At the Simferopol airport, a man claiming to speak for the camouflage-clad forces patrolling the airport described them as Crimean militiamen.

Ukraine's State Border Guard Service said about 30 Russian paratroopers from the 810th brigade of Russia's Black Sea Fleet had taken up position outside the Ukrainian Coast Guard base in the Sevastopol area. It said the paratroopers said they were there to prevent any weapons at the base from being seized by extremists.

Russia's defense ministry had no comment.

In the southern Russian city Rostov-on-Don, Yanukovych held at a news conference, his first public appearance since Sunday. "I intend to keep fighting for the future of Ukraine against those who are using fear and terror to seize the country," he said.

Yanukovych also insisted he "did not flee anywhere" but left for Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine.

Yanukovych lambasted the West, accusing the countries of betraying a Feb. 21 agreement between the Ukrainian government and the opposition, saying that recent actions by the opposition run counter to the EU-brokered agreement.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 28, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

There is more to this story as, who really is behind the movement to move the Ukraine into the EU?
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As to Yanukovych’s being the elected president is not a moot thing in the least, he is still the president, from a democratic election.

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Pobucker says... February 28, 2014 at 8:57 a.m.

*Obama sidles up to Putin and whispers*
"When I'm re-elected, then we can play better."

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 28, 2014 at 9:09 a.m.

Well Po, I don't think that the Ukraine was in that mix.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 28, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

dddka, Po ........ What would say to Putin?

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Pobucker says... February 28, 2014 at 9:57 a.m.

If I were Obama, I would say, "We are ashamed as a country for our former colonialist tendencies. We are ashamed we opposed communist expansion throughout the twentieth century. We now have a more compliant leadership and we are anxious to fundamentally change America into a more humane and communal country. We will unilaterally disarm ourselves, if that will please you. We would appreciate any guidance you can give us as we seek to become more like you."

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 28, 2014 at 10:17 a.m.

SEE, PO can not understand a simple question. He must have gotten an "F" in understanding what he reads on his report card in grad school. And he still can't.

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lazybar says... February 28, 2014 at 1:14 p.m.

bs, a real leader would have said we are not taking any bs off you and we are not putting up with any bs you give anyone else but we have a bs we would love to give you

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Pobucker says... February 28, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

it's hard to understand you, BSman.
"dddka, Po ........ What would say to Putin?"

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Pobucker says... February 28, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

What are you trying to say here, BSman? It is hard to follow your twisted syntax.
"SEE, PO can not understand a simple question. He must have gotten an "F" in understanding what he reads on his report card in grad school. And he still can't."
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If you were just being ugly, don't bother trying to clarify.

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Pobucker says... February 28, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Wow, News is reporting start of Russian invasion. Let's take bets. I bet Obama draws a line, Russia steps over it and Obama wanders off looking all A.D.D.
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America - so weak and helpless, like a little girl or a pansy boy.

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