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'Military intervention would be the beginning of war', says Ukraine as its armed forces are put on full alert and Obama calls Kremlin hotline to condemn Putin for his actions | Mail Online'Military intervention would be the beginning of war', says Ukraine as its armed forces are put on full alert and Obama calls Kremlin hotline to condemn Putin for 'clear violation' of national sovereignty EU foreign policy chief said it is unwarranted escalation of eventsUkrainian government accused Russia of an 'armed occupation'Two anti-submarine warships tonight seen off coast of UkrainePro-EU activists and supporters of Putin clash across UkraineObama spoke with Putin for 90 minutes urging him to back downByKieran Corcoranand Mia De GraafPUBLISHED:05:21 EST, 1 March 2014|UPDATED:20:57 EST, 1 March 2014 1,261shares573View commentsUkraine has put its armed forces on full combat alert and warned Russia that military intervention would lead to war.The warning comes after Putin was granted permission from his parliament to send Russian troops into the country.It is a move that has alarmed the world's diplomatic leaders, prompting US President Barack Obama to call the Kremlin and urge Putin to back down.Scroll down for videos 'Occupied': An unidentified armed man stands over a crowd of people outside the regional parliament building in Simferopol. A member of the crowd is holding a Russian flag Escalating: Holding automatic weapons, the armed men, thought to be Russian, patrol the area, where Russian sympathies are strong 'Invasion': These troops, amassed outside the Crimean town of Balaclava, have been decried by the Ukrainian government as an occupying force Threatening: This heavily-armed soldier keeps watch in Simferopol, Crimea A couple stands next to armed servicemen outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava on SaturdayUkraine's new interim president Oleksander Turchynov warned his country was threatened with a 'military invasion and occupation'.Blasting the move, Mr Obama spent 90 minutes on the phone telling his Russian counter that sending forces into Crimea is a clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and warned of consequences.He added that the United States will suspend participation in preparatory meetings for the G8 summit in Sochi until a solution is reached. More...Revealed: The forgotten treaty which could drag US and UK into WAR with Russia' if Putin's troops intervene in UkraineUkraine's fury as Russia sends troops into Crimea: Gunmen take over airports and surround border post'The United States condemns Russia's military intervention into Ukrainian territory,' the White House said in a statement outlining what was discussed.But Putin retorted that Russia retains the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers from violence in Ukraine.Tonight, tensions rose alarmingly as two Russian anti-submarine warships were reported to appear off the coast of Ukraine's Crimea region, violating an agreement on Moscow's lease of a naval base.After more than three hours discussing the escalation with security and defence chiefs, acting President Oleksander Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said there was no justification for what they branded Russian aggression against their country.Hotline: Obama had a 90 minute phone call with Putin to discuss the situation this morning Yatseniuk said he had called for talks with his Russian counterpart, and urged the country to return its troops to base in the Crimea region.'Military intervention would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia,' Yatseniuk told reporters.Speaking live on Ukrainian TV, Oleksandr Turchynov said he had also ordered stepped up security at nuclear power plants, airports and other strategic infrastructure. Tensions have mounted after a Ukrainian military source said the two vessels, part of Russia's Baltic Fleet, had been sighted in a bay at Sevastopol, where Moscow's Black Sea Fleet has a base, according to Interfax news agency.Minutes later, President Putin spoke with President Obama, telling him Russia retains its right to protect the country and Russian speakers from violence in Ukraine.The UN is now holding an open meeting after struggling to reach an agreement during a closed-door summit called for by David Cameron.Some members wanted open, or public consultations, on Ukraine, which Russia initially opposed. As a permanent member, Russia has veto power on any council resolution.Wounded protesters: Pro-European activists were bloodied today after clashes with activists who favour closer ties with Russia Under attack: This supporter of the newly-established government was hurt at a demonstration in Karkiv in the north-east of the country Attacks: Supporters of Russia smashed into this regional government building in the Kharkiv protests today Pro-Russian protesters storm administration building in UkraineA wounded supporter of Ukraine's new government stood back from the crowds of pro-Russian protesters The US has called for the meeting to sanction envoys to go to Ukraine as Russia's military action is 'without legal basis'.Britain contacted the Security Council in light of the 'serious and concerning events' which David Cameron claims have escalated beyond reason.'There can be no excuse for outside military intervention in Ukraine - a point I made to President Putin when we spoke yesterday,' he said.'Everyone must think carefully about their actions and work to lower, not escalate tension. The world is watching.'It was the second closed-door UN Security Council meeting in two consecutive days as clashes continue across Ukraine and Crimea between pro-EU and pro-Russia supporters.The council also held closed-door consultations on Friday at the request of Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev who referred to 'the deterioration of the situation' in the Crimean Peninsula which he said 'threatens the territorial integrity of Ukraine.'In a statement issued during the talks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is 'gravely concerned about the deterioration of the situation' in Ukraine. He spoke later by telephone with Putin. Clash: At least 5,000 Pro-Putin protesters have taken to the streets of Dontesk marching to parliamentThe thousands of pro-Russia demonstrators were demanding the non-recognition of Ukraine's parliamentBan's statement called for 'full respect for and preservation of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine' and demanded the 'immediate restoration of calm and direct dialogue between all concerned.'British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said the meeting is to determine 'what justification Russia claims to have' for its de facto military takeover of the strategic Crimea region. Without a resolution, NATO will on Sunday to discuss options.France and Germany have also issued calls for de-escalation in Crimea hours after U.S. President Barack Obama warned that military intervention in the region would be deeply destabilising and 'carry costs'.The Kremlin insists a decision has not been made on whether military action will be taken, but forces took to the streets of Crimea today.Ukrainian officials have branded the move an armed occupation using the strategic region between the two countries. Clutching wooden batons and Russia flags, demonstrators shouted and chanted as they clashed with anti-Putin protesters Hours after the military took over Crimea, Ukrainian flags had been torn down and Russian flags paraded around Residents carry Russian flags and shout slogans rallying through the streets of Crimean capital Simferopol It came as supporters of Russia and the new Ukrainian government clashed elsewhere in the country, with bloodied protesters visible on the streets of Kharkiv after a show of strength from pro-Russian activists.In the motion to the Russian parliament's upper house, Mr Putin wrote: 'I'm submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country.'The motion was approved within hours.However, the Kremlin attempted to calm matters later by saying that Putin had not yet decided whether to use the troops, and that Russia hoped there would be 'no further escalation of events'.CRISIS TALKS: INSIDE THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL SUMMITTalks: A resolution was not reached as Russia's Vitaly Churkin had the power to veto Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations asked an emergency session of the Security Council on Saturday 'to do everything possible now' to stop Russian 'aggression' as Russian troops took over the strategic Crimea region. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call to 'urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities' in Kiev. Calling the situation in Ukraine 'as dangerous as it is destabilizing,' U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power told the council: 'It is time for the Russian military intervention in Ukraine to end.' Power and other members of the council called for sending international monitors to Ukraine as soon as possible to observe the situation, and Power warned that 'Russia's provocative actions could easily push the situation beyond the breaking point.' She also mentioned work on an international mediation mission to send to Ukraine. The Security Council met in emergency session for the second straight day on the rapidly developing events in Ukraine. It met briefly in an open, televised session, despite initial objections from Russia, then resumed meeting behind closed doors. The council took no action. As a permanent member of the council, Russia has veto power and can block the U.N.'s most powerful body from adopting any resolution criticizing or sanctioning Moscow. In Crimea, the pro-Russian prime minister who took office after gunmen seized the regional parliament claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two neighboring Slavic countries.Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said the election of the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid.Meanwhile dozens of people were hurt in clashes on Saturday when pro-Russia activists stormed the regional government's headquarters in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine, and raised the Russian flag, local media said.The UNIAN news agency said thousands of people had gathered outside the building during a protest against the country's new leaders who ousted President Viktor Yanukovich a week ago.Pro-European activists were seen trying to recover after being overpowered by supporters of Russia after clashes at the local administration building in the northeastern city, which is mostly Russian-speaking.The violence and tensions have prompted statements from senior diplomatic figures across the world including the leaders of NATO, the UN, and the EU.The White House said President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone as the U.S. reviews Russia's military moves in Ukraine. Obama also spoke with French President Francois Hollande. Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Kiev's Independence Square for the funeral of a protester who died in the clashes Families, friends and other members of the public cried and clutched candles as clashes continue across the countryIt followed a high-level meeting at the White House with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, CIA Director John Brennan, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Putin told Obama that Moscow reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.In a statement posted online, the Kremlin said Obama had expressed concern about the possibility of Russian military intervention in Ukraine.'In response to the concern shown by Obama about the plans for the possible use of Russia's armed forces on the territory of Ukraine, Putin drew attention to the provocative, criminal actions by ultra-nationalists, in essence encouraged by the current authorities in Kiev.''The Russian President underlined that there are real threats to the life and health of Russian citizens and compatriots on Ukrainian territory. Vladimir Putin stressed that if violence spread further in the eastern regions of Ukraine and in Crimea, Russia reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers living there.'The Russian Ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, was summoned at the request of the Foreign Secretary to meet Political Director Simon Gass.A spokesman said: 'The Political Director expressed deep concern at the Russian Parliament's decision to authorise military action in Ukraine against the wishes of the Ukrainian Government. 'The Political Director asked the Ambassador to urge his government to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.'The spokesman added that the Foreign Secretary will travel to Kiev tomorrow.The EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has also weighed in on the conflict, saying a decision by the Russian parliament to authorise the use of Russian forces in neighbouring Ukraine was an unwarranted escalation of tensions.'I therefore call upon the Russian Federation not to dispatch such troops but to promote its views through peaceful means,' Ashton said in a written statement on Saturday. People sang the Ukrainian national anthem with hands on hearts as the UN announces another closed-door conference on the diplomatic tensions Discussions are under way over whether Russia will advance troops to the square where mourners now stand Ashton added that she would meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after Monday's extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the bloc's response to the situation in Ukraine.Foreign Secretary William Hague said today that Russian action was a 'potentially grave threat' to Ukraine's sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.Mr Hague, who is due to have discussions in Kiev tomorrow with interim leaders, spoke to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov today to call for calm as tensions heighten over the strategic region.He tweeted: 'Have spoken to Foreign Minister Lavrov to call for de-escalation in Crimea and respect for sovereignty and independence of #Ukraine.'Mr Hague had already spoken to German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to discuss international diplomatic action.He has already assured Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchynov that Britain supports the country's new government.UKRAINE'S FURY OVER 'RUSSIAN MILITARY INTERVENTION' WHICH THREATENS NEW REGIMEThe developments in the Crimea in recent days are the latest stage of the tug-of-war over Ukraine's future.Since president Viktor Yanukovych was forced out of Kiev last week an interim leader has taken over and formed a new government after weeks of bloody protests.But the new regime has already run into difficulty due to the unrest in Crimea, where most people are ethnically Russian.After the armed men stormed the parliament, a new pro-Russian prime minister for the Crimean region was elected.Sergei Aksenov has called on Russian president Vladimir Putin for help keeping the peace.The development marks a sharp divide between the Crimean region and the rest of Ukraine.Meanwhile, troops thought to be under Russian control have seized airports and border points. Some fear it could be the beginnings of an attempt to annex the region, which was once part of the Soviet Union.The new Ukrainian government has characterised the moves as an 'armed invasion' which violates international agreements.Mr Hague said: 'I am deeply concerned at the escalation of tensions in Ukraine, and the decision of the Russian parliament to authorise military action on Ukrainian soil against the wishes of the Ukrainian government. 'This action is a potentially grave threat to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We condemn any act of aggression against Ukraine.'I spoke today to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to urge steps to calm this dangerous situation. I told Minister Lavrov that Britain supports the Ukrainian government's request for urgent consultations in accordance with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum signed by the UK, US, Russia and Ukraine. 'In the light of President Putin's request to the Federation Council, we have now summoned the Russian Ambassador to the Foreign Office to register our deep concerns.'I also spoke this afternoon to German Foreign Minister Steinmeier where we agreed on the need for international diplomatic action to address the crisis. 'The UK supports the proposed emergency meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, and we have already called an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council for this afternoon in New York.He added: 'I will visit Ukraine on Sunday to discuss these issues directly with the Ukrainian government. I will reiterate the UK's support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine. I will also discuss how the UK can support the Ukrainian government in recovering improperly acquired assets.'The EU must agree urgently an asset freezing regime to target those suspected of laundering the proceeds of corruption. 'On my instructions, the British Embassy in Kiev has told the Ukrainian government that we stand ready to provide Ukraine with technical advice on asset recovery.'French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement: 'France is extremely concerned by the reports from Crimea, which describe significant troop movements.'We call on the parties to abstain from acts that could raise tensions and affect Ukraine's territorial unity.'President Francois Hollande issued a statement urging European countries to take swift and decisive action to find a way out of the crisis in Crimea when their foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday.'Everything must be done to avoid outside intervention and the risk of a highly dangerous escalation,' Hollande's office said in a statement.Hollande had spoken to Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and both expressed alarm over situation, which the statement said posed a 'real threat to Ukraine's territorial unity and sovereignty'.NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has also tweeted urging Russia to respect Ukraine's sovereignty.'Urgent need for de-escalation in Crimea. NATO allies continue to coordinate closely,' Rasmussen said.And Canada says it is pulling its ambassador from Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine. A statement issued by Prime Minister Stephen Harper after an emergency Cabinet meeting says Canada also is pulling out of the G8 process being chaired by Russia for an international economic summit in June. Harper strongly condemns Russia's military intervention in Ukraine and urges President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops. Ukrainian military were put on high alert this morning in the region, as defence minister Ihor Tenyukh accused Russia of moving 6,000 additional troops into the country.The government has accused Moscow of deploying troops in Crimea, where Russia's Black Sea fleet has a base, but Russia insists that the manoeuvres are covered by an agreement with Ukraine covering its use of the base.Pro-Russian activists clash with Maidan near the regional government building in Kharkiv They stormed the regional building using metal implements, furniture and fire extinguishers to break the door Shootout takes place near Crimean government buildingThe Russian government was warned yesterday by President Obama against intervening in the region, which he said must be allowed to choose its own fate.The disorder in the region escalated this morning as the Russian-supporting prime minister of the Crimea region, which was already partly autonomous, claimed control of all military, police and other security services in the region. He also issued a direct appeal to Mr Putin for assistance.In a statement reported by Russian news agencies, Mr Aksenov declared that the armed forces, the police, the national security service and border guards will answer only to his orders. He said any commanders who don't agree should leave their posts.The development comes after more armed men, thought to be Russian, took control of key airports and a communications center in the Crimea. The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of a 'military invasion and occupation' - a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to annex a strategic peninsula where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.Patrols: Armed men were seen outside the parliament building this morning as well, from where the regional prime minister claimed control of the military and police in the region Dug in: These men have taken position outside the parliament with makeshift machine gun emplacements Unrest: The regional prime minister of the Crimea today claimed power over security forces and asked for Russian help Claimed control: Sergei Aksyonov, the pro-Russian prime minister of the Crimea, claimed control of security forces today, though the Ukrainian government has said his election on Thursday is invalid Ukraine's population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions, such as the Crimea, look to Russia for support.He said: 'Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing'.The President added that action by Russia would not help the Ukrainian people, Russia or Europe, Obama, and would represent a 'profound interference' in matters that must be decided by the Ukrainian people.'Just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, that would invite the condemnation of nations around the world,' Mr Obama said. 'The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.'He did not say what those costs might be.Mr Obama has called on Russia to respect the independence and territory of Ukraine and not try to take advantage of its neighbor, which is undergoing political upheaval.Russia's upper house recommended that Moscow recall its ambassador from Washington over Mr Obama's comments. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke on Saturday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, as Russian President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament's authority to invade Ukraine.An official in the department insisted the U.S. focus was still on diplomatic options.Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter that it was 'obvious that there is Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Likely immediate aim is to set up puppet pro-Russian semi-state in Crimea.'DRAMATIC CCTV EMERGES OF HEAVILY-ARMED MEN STORMING CRIMEAN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGThe images show the dramatic moment armed men stormed a Ukrainian government building amid soaring tensions in the country's Crimea region.Masked soldiers, said to be under Russian instruction, gather outside the door before forcing their way in to the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol.Stormed: The armed men gather outside the regional parliament building in Simferopol before battering down the doorSmoke canisters can be seen exploding inside the building as the men, holding silenced machine guns, usher out security personal in what appears to be an early-morning raid.The footage, dated from Thursday, emerges today after armed men seized airports and set up road blocks around the vital city amid soaring tensions between the new Ukrainian authorities and Russia.'These are separate groups ... [are] commanded by the Kremlin,' Mr Parubiy, secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, told a news briefing in Kiev. Smoke attack: The armed men threw canisters in before entering the parliament Charge in: The armed men burst into the building in the footage, which emerged today The moment armed men storm Crimea government buildingArmed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, stoking tension between Moscow and the West A Russian soldier on an armoured personnel carrier halted on a road in Ukraine around 20 miles from Sebastapol, where there is a large Russian military presence. British civilians have been told by the Foreign Office to leave Crimea immediately, although an evacuation has not been arranged. Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, stoking tension between Moscow and the WestCrimea, a southeastern peninsula of Ukraine that has semi-autonomous status, was seized by Russian forces in the 18th century under Catherine the Great.It became part of Ukraine in 1954 when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred jurisdiction from Russia, a move that was a mere formality until the 1991 Soviet collapse, which left the region part of an independent Ukraine. US warns Russia: Stay out of the Ukraine John Kerry, left and right President Putin. Speaking at a news conference with the foreign minister of Colombia, Kerry said he had raised the issue of the airports as well as reports of Russian armored vehicles and personnel in Ukraine with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Earlier yesterday, Ukraine's fugitive president resurfaced in Russia to deliver a defiant attack on what he described as the 'bandit coup' which ousted him.Appearing for the first time since fleeing Ukraine last week, Viktor Yanukovych vowed to 'keep fighting for the future of Ukraine,' but ruled out seeking Russian military help.'Any military action in this situation is unacceptable,' Yanukovych told reporters in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, near the border with Ukraine. He tried to reinforce his point by snapping a pen, but wasn't able to break it.Meanwhile at the United Nations, the Ukrainian ambassador, Yuriy Sergeyev, said that 10 Russian transport aircraft and 11 attack helicopters had arrived in Crimea illegally, and that Russian troops had taken control of two airports in Crimea.He described the gunmen posted outside the two airports as Russian armed forces as well as 'unspecified' units. Ukraine's ex-President Yanukovych has made his first public appearance since being ousted, telling a news conference that he was going to fight for his country's future This afternoon Yanukovych told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don: 'I intend to keep fighting for the future of Ukraine against those who are using fear and terror to seize the country'Mr Sergeyev said 'Some of them identified themselves as Russians. We know specifically some of the units.' He also said the Russians had captured the main air traffic control center on Crimea.A spokesman for the Ukrainian border service, said eight Russian transport planes landed in the Crimea Peninsula with unknown cargo.According to the agency, the Il-76 planes arrived unexpectedly and were given permission to land, one after the other, at Gvardeiskoye air base, north of the regional capital, Simferopol. The spokesman said the people in the planes refused to identify themselves and waved off customs officials, saying they didn't require their services.Earlier on Friday, reporters in Crimea saw a convoy of nine Russian armored personnel carriers on a road between the port city of Sevastopol, where the Russian base is, and Simferopol. I really want to share experiences and all the information I discover about eLiquids on this blog, but the most important step most smokers really need to commit to before trying out these new E-liquid products, is to stop smoking traditional cigs. 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I hope you find this information valuable and thank you for reading!Later in the day, the airspace was closed over the peninsula, apparently due to tensions at the two airports.Oleksandr Turchynov, who stepped in as president after Yanukovych fled Kiev last weekend, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop 'provocations' in Crimea and pull back military forces from the peninsula.Russian military forces are blockading an airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea, an act Ukraine's new interior minister has announced branded an 'armed invasion'As events in the Crimea region heighten tensions with neighboring Russia, this morning armed men also took over the other main Crimean airport, Simferopol, according to a Facebook post by Mr AvakovDozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings were seen patrolling the airport in Simferopol, the capital of CrimeaThe move came as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukraine's new prime minister that the U.S. welcomes the formation of the country's new governmentTurchynov said the Ukrainian military would fulfill its duty but would not be drawn into provocations.In Kiev, Ukraine's newly named interior minister accused Russia of military aggression.'I can only describe this as a military invasion and occupation,' Arsen Avakov wrote in a Facebook post.In recent conversations between U.S. and Russian officials, including a lengthy telephone conversation between Mr Obama and Mr Putin just last week, Mr Obama said the U.S. has made clear that Russia can be part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of Ukraine.But, he said on Friday that he was 'deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine'.U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power told reporters that the United States was proposing an urgent mediation mission to help resolve the crisis.Russia is supposed to notify Ukraine of any troop movements outside the Black Sea Fleet naval base it maintains in Sevastopol under a lease agreement with Ukraine.The Russian Foreign Ministry said the military vehicles were deployed to ensure the security of its base, which didn't contradict the lease terms.The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said it had no information about the vehicles' movements.Reporters approaching the Sevastopol airport found the road leading to it blocked by two military trucks and a handful of gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms and carrying assault rifles.A car with Russian military plates was stopped at the roadblock. A man wearing a military uniform with a Russian flag on his sleeve got out of the car and was allowed to enter on foot after a brief discussion with the gunmen.Meanwhile, Ukraine International Airlines said it had canceled flights to and from the Simferopol airport on Friday evening and Saturday because of the closure of the airspace over Crimea. The announcement did not say who had ordered the closure.At the airport, dozens of armed men in military uniforms without markings patrolled the area. They didn't stop or search people leaving or entering, and refused to talk to journalists.One man who identified himself only as Vladimir said the men were part of the Crimean People's Brigade, which he described as a self-defense unit ensuring that no 'radicals and fascists' arrive from other parts of Ukraine. There was no way to verify his account.In Kiev, the prosecutor-general's office said it would seek Yanukovych's extradition to Ukraine, where he is wanted on suspicion of mass murder in violent clashes last week between protesters and police that left more than 80 people dead.Meanwhile, Ukraine's telecom provider, Ukrtelecom JSC, said unknown people seized several communications centers in the Crimea late Friday, knocking out the company's ability to connect the peninsula with the rest of the country.The statement on the company's website said there were almost no landline, Internet or mobile services operating in the Crimea. Local TV films Russian plates on military convoy in CrimeaShare or comment on this article1.2ksharesMOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOSPrevious123NextMeerkat laughs uncontrollably when its tummy is tickled 'I want to stay with my mummy!' 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Inferiority complex to the vastly superior West, will always push these loony people this way. They are the masters of the mass slaughter. New Comment3744Click to rateMetaVoid,Utopia, United States,1 hour agoTime to boycott all Russian products.Do they have any besides Vodka?ReplyNew4543Click to rateBlackSid,Birmingham, United Kingdom,1 hour agoRussia is just being opportunistic.They're using the crisis to swoop in and annex Crimea before Ukraine joins the EU.Do you really think they're gonna give up Crimea to the EU when they have their Black Fleet docked there?Big gamble though, Ukraine is effectively a protectorate of the US/UK (a previous agreement for disposing of its nuclear missiles).Could be a win for Russia or World War 3 - step right up, step right up, place your bets!!!New Comment1241Click to rateAnn,Perth,1 hour agoWish China would invade Russian, that would give Putin something really to worry about.He is a control freak he cannot help himself, my guess is he will try to rule the whole planetif he had half a chance.ReplyNew4232Click to ratetoonarmy,newcastle, United Kingdom,1 hour agoIm not buying Russian vodka anymoreNew Comment3823Click to rateoutremer,athens, United States,1 hour agoNo need to worry about war with the U.S.Chess is a game of master strategists, and Obama has no clue. Putin knows he's already won. Obama can draw all the "Red Lines" he wants, he's already lost the game.ReplyNew1676Click to ratelibertylover,Atlanta, United States,1 hour agoA very possible outcome is the fracturing of Ukraine. Russia emerging the clear winners if that happens. LOL @ Obama talking about national sovereignty. We've been meddling in Ukraine since 2004.New Comment944Click to rateJim Terral,Nelson, Canada,1 hour ago"Ukrainian government" is a fiction.ReplyNew1447Click to rateThe views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.Add your commentBy posting your comment you agree to our house rules.ClearWho is this week's top commenter?Find out nowhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2570797/Dramatic-CCTV-footage-emerges-moment-suspected-Russian-military-STORM-Crimean-parliament-building-gas-masks-armed-silenced-machine-guns.html