Russian troops surround Crimea airbase, issue ultimatum

Russian troops surround Crimea airbase, issue ultimatum
A Russian military officer (R) talks to Ukrainian Colonel Yuli Mamchur demanding Ukrainian servicemen to leave a military base in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014.

KIEV - Russian troops have surrounded a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea and issued an ultimatum to forces inside to surrender, the deputy commander of the base in Belbek, near Sevastopol, said on Saturday.

"The Russian troops at our aerodrome gave us an hour to surrender or they will start storming. We are going nowhere, let's see what this storming is," Oleg Podovalov told Reuters.

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