Pro-Russian demonstrators march Thursday with a huge Russian flag during a protest in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine.
Dozens of armed men in military uniforms seized an airport in the capital of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region early today, a report said.
Witnesses told the Interfax news agency that the 50 or so men were wearing the same gear as the ones who seized government buildings in the city, Simferopol, on Thursday and raised the Russian flag.
The events in the Crimea region have heightened tensions with neighboring Russia, which scrambled fighter jets to patrol borders in the first stirrings of a potentially dangerous confrontation reminiscent of Cold War brinksmanship.
Russia also has granted shelter to Ukraine’s fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, after recent deadly protests in Kiev swept in a new government.