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A group of armed men in military uniforms have seized Simferopol international airport in the capital of Crimea, Interfax reports. According to eyewitnesses at least three KamAZ trucks without license plates drove to the airport with about 50 armed men. They are reportedly equipped similar to the group of local ethnic Russian ‘self-defense squads’ that had taken control of and raised Russian flags over the buildings of the Crimean parliament and government in the region’s capital.
Editor's note: We're monitoring reports that armed men have occupied the Simferopol airport in Crimea, Ukraine. An airport employee was quoted saying the airport is operating normally - Jillian
Reporter: Simferopol airport in Crimea, Ukraine, operating normally after reports it was occupied by gunmen; approximately a dozen unidentified armed men seen at airport perimeter - @AFP
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Dozens of armed men in Russian-marked military uniforms occupied an airport in the capital of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region early Friday, a report said, but a later report cited an airport official as saying the men apologized and left after finding no Ukrainian troops had landed.
Witnesses told the Interfax news agency that the 50 or so men were wearing the same gear as the ones who seized government buildings in the city, Simferopol, on Thursday and raised the Russian flag. The report said the men with "Russian Navy ensigns" first surrounded the Simferopol Airport's domestic flights terminal.
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Are these 'gunmen' Spetsnaz? Because that wouldn't really surprise meedit on 27-2-2014 by starwarsisreal because: (no reason given)