Armed men block OSCE observers at entry to Crimea: AFP

A Ukrainian man looks at a Russian navy ship as he passes by old military paraphernalia sold on the side of the harbour in Sevastopol on March 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

CHONGAR, Ukraine: For the second day in a row, armed men at a checkpoint Friday blocked observers from the OSCE trying to enter Crimea, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

"We are just trying to go through here as guests of the Ukrainian government under an OSCE mandate," one of the observers told AFP. "We're going to try and negotiate with these people here."





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