Ukraine troops in Crimea change sides to back pro-Russia authorities without bloodshed – insider

Sunday, March 2, 2014
By Paul Martin
2 March 2014

Crimea-stationed Ukrainian troops have switched sides to join forces with local pro-Russia authorities in the Russian-dominated autonomous republic of Crimea, a source in the region’s administration has said.

The source has stressed the transition was peaceful and without a single shot being fired.

Some of the servicemen reportedly left their posts without prior warning, while others surrendedered letters of resignation but the majority went over to the Crimean government.

According to the source, all troops will soon be sworn in by the authority of the Crimean republic.

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