Tension in Ukraine builds as convoy of 60 unmarked military trucks carrying hundreds of soldiers heads for Crimea as pro-Russian troops fire warning shots at peace monitors
By CHRIS PLEASANCE
8 March 2014
A convoy of 60 unmarked military trucks carrying hundreds of soldiers was today spotted snaking its way from eastern Ukraine into Crimea, with the country appearing more divided than ever.
Warning shots were also fired inside Crimea as a foreign military mission was barred from entering the Ukrainian province by pro-Russian troops.
The mission, made up of soldiers of different nationalities from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, had automatic weapons fired over their heads.
The soldiers were told they had no authorisation to enter the peninsula. No injuries were reported.
Earlier this morning Russian foreign secretary Sergei Lavrov said that the crisis had been ‘artificially created’ for ‘geopolitical reasons’, though stopped short of accusing the West of creating tensions.