Ukraine's acting president warns Russia not to mobilize navy in Crimea
Thursday, February 27, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has warned Russia against mobilizing its navy in Crimea, saying that any such move would be regarded as an act of aggression.
Turchynov told the Verkhovna Rada - Ukraine's parliament - Thursday that all Russian troops in Crimea were expected to remain within the boundaries previously set for them.
Turchynov also condemned the armed occupation of the Crimean parliament.
On Wednesday, one person died from a heart attack and 26 others were injured in a clash between pro- and anti-Russian protesters outside the parliament. The local government cancelled a scheduled debate about the peninsula's future in Ukraine.
The political situation in Crimea has been tense since Ukraine was hit by large-scale protests that led to the end of Viktor Yanukovych's presidency.
Yanukovych's policy to move the country closer to Russia was met with widespread opposition in November last year after he scrapped a major trade and association deal with the European Union.
Meanwhile, Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev on Thursday expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people, saying that major challenges lay ahead for Kiev.
Kyrgyzstan experienced a violent uprising in 2010 that ended the rule of Kurmanbek Bakiyev.
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