Ukrainian soldiers gather at the Belbek Military base, on March 14, 2014 near Sevastopol, two days before a referendum in Crimea over its bid to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. AFP PHOTO DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS
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Armed men came to a Ukrainian military airfield in the Crimean peninsula, fired shots in the air and took away the base's commanding officer, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.In a separate incident on Tuesday, a group of about 30 members of the so-called 'Crimean Self-Defense' came to a compound of apartment blocks that houses families of Ukrainian servicemen and took its commander away, Seleznov said.Earlier on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin told Russia's parliament Moscow would move forward with procedures to annex Crimea following Sunday's referendum, in which a Soviet-style 97 percent of voters were declared to have voted to return to Russian rule after 60 years as part of Ukraine.
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