More ‘Mysterious Snipers’ Responsible For Latest Ukraine Escalation?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

Brandon Turbeville
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tensions are rising yet again in Crimea as the first Ukrainian military death has taken place on the Peninsula since the crisis began.

As the BBC reports:

An eyewitness told the BBC that armed men arrived in two unmarked vehicles, storming the base in Simferopol and firing automatic weapons.

The Ukrainian government said a junior officer who was on duty in a park inside the base had been killed and another officer injured. A third serviceman had leg and head injuries after being beaten with iron bars, it said.

The government said the commander of the unit was captured by men wearing Russian uniforms.

Defence ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told Reuters the attack was by “unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered”.

The Ukrainians had had their IDs, weapons and money confiscated, he said.

A slightly different description of the assailants comes from the Independent, which describes them as being “dressed in Russian camouflage kits and balaclavas.” This description, of course, is not exactly the same as Russian uniforms.

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