KIEV, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- An armed group took control of the airport of Crimea's capital Simferopol in southern Ukraine Friday, one day after gunmen seized the local parliament building, the Interfax news agency reported.
Around 50 armed men, dressed in military uniforms without recognizable marks, arrived at the airport in three trucks, witnesses were quoted as saying.
These men, reportedly with "Russian Navy flags," surrounded the airport's domestic flights' terminal.
On Thursday, 100 gunmen wearing similar gear stormed the Crimean parliament and raised the Russian national flag on the top of the building.
Part of Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based in Sevastopol, Crimea. Moscow has raised security alert in borders with Ukraine by increasing fighter jet patrols in the area.
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Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of the prominent figures leading the anti- government protests to demand the country's European integration, was named as the new Prime Minister. The 39-year-old politician, economist and lawyer, had served as economy minister, foreign minister, and parliament speaker between 2005 and 2008. Full story
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Ukraine wants to sign association agreement with EU in March: report
BRUSSELS, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- A high-ranking diplomat said on Thursday that Ukraine wants to sign its Association Agreement with the EU at the March 20-21 summit of EU leaders, according to local media.
"The signature of the Association Agreement (AA) will bolster Ukraine's strength in the face of Moscow, which is putting greater pressure on Kiev's new authorities, "the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU Kostiantyn Yelisieiev told EurActiv, just before meeting high EU officials to pass on the same message. Full story