1,000 armed men block Ukraine border guard unit in Crimea: ministry
A so-called Maidan self defence unit member stands at the Independence square in central Kiev - AFP

KIEV:  A group of 1,000 armed men were blocking the entrance to a unit of Ukraine’s border guards in a tense standoff in the south of the flashpoint Crimea peninsula Sunday, the defense ministry said.

“One thousand armed fighters and around 20 trucks are blocking the perimeter of the 36th brigade of border guards … in Perevalne,” the ministry said in a statement, as tensions remain high after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of troops in Ukraine. It did not indicate what nationality the armed men were.

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