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Thursday 28 August 2014

Top Ukraine security official says Kremlin behind Crimea events

Published 28/02/2014 | 12:29

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Soldiers, who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol, Ukraine
Soldiers, who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol, Ukraine
A soldier, one of approximately 20 who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrols outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol
A soldier, one of approximately 20 who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrols outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol
Soldiers, who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol, Ukraine
Soldiers, who were wearing no identifying insignia and declined to say whether they were Russian or Ukrainian, patrol outside the Simferopol International Airport after a pro-Russian crowd had gathered on February 28, 2014 near Simferopol, Ukraine

Andriy Paruby, Ukraine's top security official, accused the Kremlin on Friday of commanding armed groups in rimea where two airports have been taken over by armed men.

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"These are separate groups ... commanded by the Kremlin," Paruby, secretary of the National Security and Defence Council, told a televised briefing in Kiev.

He said similar actions had been prevented elsewhere in Ukraine. He said Ukraine could not deploy military forces in Crimea without introducing a state of emergency.

"It is one of the options in the development of events," Andriy Paruby, secretary of the National security and Defence Council was quoted as saying by Interfax, replying to a journalist's question on whether a state of emergency might be introduced.

But he said, even if this did occur, it would not mean deploying the army and existing security units would still have to handle the situation.

"So we are looking for other more effective ways of localising the situation on the Crimean peninsula," he said.

According to Ukrainian legislation, a state of emergency can be introduced by parliament for a period of up to two months.

More than 10 Russian military helicopters flew from Russia into Ukrainian airspace over the Crimea region on Friday, the Ukrainian border guard service said on Friday.

It also said in a statement that Russian servicemen were blocking off a unit of Ukrainian border guards in the port city of Sevastopol, where part of the Russian Black Sea fleet is based.

Russia's Black Sea fleet had earlier on Friday denied any role in the seizure of a military airport near Sevastopol.

Reuters

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