Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘military invasion and occupation’ as Putin’s marines blockade Crimean airport

Friday, February 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

28 February 2014

Ukraine’s ex-President Yanukovych has made his first public appearance since being ousted, telling a news conference that he was going to fight for his country’s future.
His speech came as a top Ukrainian security official said the two airports in Crimea were now under Ukrainian control despite attempts by gunmen to ‘seize’ them, although Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service says about Russian marines have taken positions outside its Coast Guard base in the Sevastop.
Hours before the press conference Ukraine’s Prosecutor General announced it is preparing to seek extradition of Yanukovych – he is wanted on suspicion of mass murder in last week’s violent clashes between protesters and police, in which more than 80 people were killed.

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