▲ Up
05:32 23-10-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers in Crimea of 'invasion'

Bishkek (AKIpress) - airport The Interior Minister of Ukraine accused Russian troops Friday of blockading an airport in the Crimean city of Sevastopol in what he has described as an armed invasion.

While stressing that no direct violent confrontations had taken place, Arsen Avakov said the matter should be dealt with on a diplomatic level before armed clashes broke out, reported RIA Novosti.

Avakov said on his Facebook account that troops from the Black Sea Fleet, which is stationed in the city, could be seen outside Belbek airport, although the inside of the terminal was controlled by Ukrainian troops.

“The airport is not operating. At the external perimeter there are Ukrainian Interior Ministry checkpoints. There have been not been armed clashes,” Avakov said.

The alleged presence of Black Sea Fleet troops at the airport, if confirmed, would be in direct defiance of a demand by Ukrainian interim authorities Thursday for Russian troops to refrain from leaving their quarters. That appeal apparently echoed international concern that Moscow may choose to throw its weight behind pro-Russian groups in Crimea seeking to defy interim authorities in Kiev.

“Any movement, particularly with weapons, outside official residences regulated by our agreement will be interpreted by us as military aggression,” interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said.

Already frayed nerves on the Crimena Peninsula were tested Thursday when a group of apparently pro-Russian gunmen occupied the parliament in the Crimean regional capital of Simferopol, only one day after fistfights erupted outside the building between supporters and opponents of the country’s incoming leadership.

Russia, which has a substantial military presence at its leased naval base in Sevastopol, has insisted it will not interfere in its neighbor’s affairs, while at the same time voicing worries about possible discrimination against ethnic Russians in the country.

About half of Crimea’s population identifies as ethnic Russian.

In his statement Friday, Avakov said that 100 men that he said identified themselves as Cossacks attempted overnight Thursday to occupy the airport in Simferopol, which is 80 kilometers northeast of Sevastopol, but were repelled.

“The territory of the airport was vacated by the ‘Cossacks’ at one o’clock – they boarded covered Kamaz trucks and left,” he said.

He said that 119 armed soldiers in camouflage apparently belonging to the Russian armed forces arrived at the airport building at 1:30 a.m. and settled in an airport restaurant.

The soldiers refused to respond to queries from Interior Ministry officers about whether they were soldiers and if they had permission to be in the airport.

“I assess what is happening as an armed invasion and occupation. It is in violation of all international treaties and norms. This is a direct provocation to armed bloodshed on the territory of a sovereign state,” Avakov said.

14:21 28.02.2014
17:08 CEC of Kyrgyzstan changes territorial election commissions reserves of number of regions16:49 Kyrgyzstanis Madazimov reporting about 30 Kyrgyz women held in slavery in Kazakhstan has no information – Foreign Ministry16:12 PM Jeenbekov, Eurasian Economic Commission Board Chairman discuss joint works on phytosanitary and veterinary control15:57 Employees of Kyrgyz Interior Ministry participate in OSCE seminar on prevention of extremism and terrorism15:43 Prime Ministers of Russia, Kazakhstan to meet in Moscow15:21 Osh police detain suspect of murder of 12-year-old boy14:48 Kazakhstan names Deputy Minister of Agriculture14:23 57 warehouses of obsolete pesticides from post-Soviet era found in Kyrgyzstan13:58 General Prosecutor's Office, Council of Europe consider accession of Kyrgyzstan to European Convention on Extradition13:27 State Personnel Service of Kyrgyzstan, Council of Europe discuss anti-corruption measures12:59 Justice Ministry's State Secretary Nurzhan Tashtanov dismissed12:52 President Atambayev receives Minister of Culture12:27 CEC approves new polling stations in Jalal-Abad and Batken regions12:01 ISIS executes hundreds of Mosul area residents11:56 IMF warns of slow growth in Central Asia, Caucasus11:41 Uzbekistan, Belarus discuss upcoming bilateral events11:27 State Environmental Protection Agency fails to provide results of chemical analysis of water samples from waste treatment facilities of southern shore of Issyk-Kul11:00 Kyrgyz juniors win 12 medals at international karate tournaments in Kazakhstan10:42 Finance Ministry offers to provide National Bank priority right to purchase refined gold10:09 Mayor's office of Bishkek congratulates social workers on professional holiday
-2° C
+15° C
+3° C
+14° C
+10° C
+4° C
exchange rates

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75