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Armed men patrol around the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol March 1, 2014
Unknown armed men from Kiev have tried to seize the Crimean Interior Ministry overnight, and there were several injuries in that attack, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“Thanks to the decisive action of self-defense squads, the attempt to seize the building of the Interior Ministry was derailed. This attempt confirms the intention of prominent political circles in Kiev to destabilize the situation on the peninsula,” the statement added.
"We believe it is extremely irresponsible to further pressure the already tense situation in the Crimea," the ministry stated stressing its concerns over the latest developments in the region.(there should be no doubt>Russia knows exactly what games the US and its partners are playing in Ukraine)
Earlier, Crimea's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov declared that firearms have been used in the clashes in the region, Itar-Tass news agency reported. The PM said the local Ministers' Council and Supreme Court came under an attack.
He said he would temporarily manage all national security forces in the region, including police, emergency services and the Interior Ministry.
“All chiefs of staff should follow my orders. As for those who disagree, I ask them to leave the service,” Aksyonov said in an urgent statement to the region’s security forces.
Aksyonov said he asked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to “help ensure peace and calm on the territory of the autonomous region.” The address, the premier said, was due to “the understanding of the responsibility for life and safety of the residents.”
A source in Kremlin administration replied that “Russia won’t ignore that address,” Russia’s major news agencies reported.
In their turn, Ukraine’s self-proclaimed authorities urged Moscow to “withdraw troops and carry out two-side agreements” and “resolve the crisis peacefully and politically,” acting president Arseny Yatsenyuk declared.
This comes despite Russia’s repeated statements that all military operations in the region come in the framework of the agreement that concerns the stay of Russian naval fleet in the Black Sea.
Moreover, the hype in the press over alleged Russia’s involvement has not yet brought in any solid evidence Also with Washington acknowledging they have no confirmation of “intervention” in Crimea, the State Department spokespuppet told at a press conference.
So far, Moscow and the Crimean authorities have agreed to guard objects belonging to the Russian Black Sea Fleet with its main base stationed in Sevastopol.
Crimeans began protesting after the new self-proclaimed government in Kiev introduced a law abolishing the use of other languages in official circumstances in Ukraine. More than half the Crimean population are Russian and use only this language for their communication. The residents have announced they are going to hold a referendum on March 30 to determine the fate of the Ukrainian autonomous region.