State Border Service of Ukraine
“Military Servicemen from the Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet are Near Sevastopol’ Coast Guard Brigade”
February 28, 2014
(Translated from Ukrainian by William Risch)
On the morning of February 28, there was an attempt to block the Sevastopol’ Coast Guard Brigade of the State Border Service of Ukraine. Around 30 armed men who did not identify themselves, riding in four cars, arrived at the Sevastopol’ Coast Guard Brigade. Border guards identified them as military servicemen from the 810th brigade of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. They took up positions in front of the Border Checkpoint Station (KPP) brigade and surrounded all the access points. Snipers stationed themselves on positions overlooking the brigade.
Later the leader of the Russian military servicemen, First Class Captain Oleksandr Tolmachev, arrived at the KPP. He claimed that the men blocking the station were demanding that these border guards not leave their base. They allegedly were carrying out orders of the “Crimean Security Council” not to allow extremists to seize weapons. After negotiations with the brigade commander, the Russian military servicemen moved back 25 meters from the KPP, and they are currently conducting observations.
Also this morning, an armed patrol boat from the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, the Ivanovets (photo), stopped 5 cables from the coast, on the way through Balaklava Bay, supposedly because the engine was broken.
In addition, the State Border Service of Ukraine reports that today, while guarding the state border, a technical observation post detected more than 10 Russian military helicopters flying into Ukraine, from the direction of Kerch, at less than a kilometer above the ground. Three helicopters had the proper documentation from the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation at the Kacha air base. The other helicopters that had crossed the state border had violated rules set by treaties.
Original link: http://dpsu.gov.ua/ua/about/news/news_3401.htm