March 19, 2014
Demonstrators have stormed the Ukrainian Navy HQ in the town of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula.
The protesters hoisted Russian and St. Andrew’s flags, the latter being the Russian Navy Ensign, according to Interfax.
People have been protesting outside the HQ since 08:00GMT. Several
thousand participants have cut the fences, stormed inside and changed
the flags on the flagpoles. There have been no immediate reports of
The participants of the rally are currently holding talks with the
representatives of the Ukrainian Navy. Russian forces are not party to
There was an immediate alert on the territory of the HQ and the
Ukrainian servicemen lined up in front of the protesters, reports
Interfax. The line was broken by cars belonging to activists that
entered the territory.
The protesters are calling upon the Ukrainian servicemen to leave the HQ. An ambulance has been called as a precaution.