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​Crimean air base pledges allegiance to local authorities

Published time: March 03, 2014 13:21
Reuters / Baz Ratner

Reuters / Baz Ratner

The Ukrainian Air Force 240th tactical aviation brigade based near Sevastopol has pledged allegiance to the authorities of Crimea. It is manned by more than 800 troops and has almost 50 planes, although most of them are not operational.

“Today the command of the 204th base in Belbek has declared that it stands with the people or Crimea,” a spokesman for the local authorities told Interfax.

With the addition of the personnel of the base, the total strength of Crimean military has almost reached 6,000 people, he said.

Belbek Airport hosts 45 MiG-29 fighter jets and 4 L-39 training jets. However only four fighters and one training aircraft are currently operational, the report said.

Crimean authorities earlier denounced the self-proclaimed government in Kiev and declared that all Ukrainian law enforcement and military deployed in the peninsula must take orders from them. The majority of troops in Crimea switched sides in favor of the local authorities.

Among those pledging allegiance to Crimea is Rear admiral Denis Berezovsky, who was appointed by Kiev last week as chief of the Ukrainian Navy, but swore to serve the people of Crimea on Monday.

Comments (67)


Bernadete Campbell 04.03.2014 20:39

elmo36 you should try educating yourself in common descency, who do you work for the bbc or cnn ? maybe you & michy boy dunham should go & a date,


George Bowling 04.03.2014 11:14

Yo! If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, guess what it is? It's typical American MSM/FOX/CNN mainstream and international newsmedias, trying to look like ducks!


penelope powell 04.03.2014 00:04

I'm baffled why so many people seem unable to grasp that it's NOT an invasion. Putin requested Parliamentary approval to use troops in Ukraine if it becomes necessary to defend Russians there. But he has NOT carried it out yet. Crimeans, other Ukrainians seem to be doing OK so far, so he's holding off. US media says invasion cuz it's lying microphone for Pinnochio Kerry, Obama.

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