Russian forces take over border guard post in Crimea - spokesman

KIEV Sun Mar 9, 2014 2:50pm IST

A flag is seen during a pro-Russia rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A flag is seen during a pro-Russia rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014.

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KIEV (Reuters) - Russian forces took control of a Ukrainian border guard post in western Crimea on Sunday, trapping about 30 personnel inside, a border guard spokesman said.

He said by telephone that the Chernomorskoye base on the western edge of the Back Sea peninsula had been taken over without bloodshed at around six a.m. (0400 GMT).

The spokesman, Oleh Slobodyan, said Russian forces now controlled 11 border guard posts in Crimea.

Russian forces' seizure of the southern Ukrainian region, which began 11 days ago, has been bloodless. Ukrainian troops are trapped in a number of bases but have offered no armed resistance.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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