Defiant Ukrainian commander orders his outnumbered men to ‘stand their ground’ and expect to engage with Russian troops surrounding the military base

Saturday, March 22, 2014
By Paul Martin

22 March 2014

A Ukrainian military commander has ordered his troops to ‘stand their ground’ and expect to engage Russian troops as tensions continue to escalate in Crimea.

Russian troops have surrounded the Belbek Airbase near Sevastopol and have issued an ultimatum for their opponents to surrender.

It is the first time the Ukraine military has prepared for an attack by Russia It is the last base held by Ukrainian troops in the region.

Colonel Yuli Mamchur was seen talking with Russian opponents as the deadline set for them to leave the base lapsed.

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