Pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of a strategic region, deepening the crisis for Ukraine's new government even as it was being formed. (Feb. 27)
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Simferopol, Ukraine - February 27, 2014
1. Wide of police cordon where pro-Russian supporters have gathered, local parliament building in background
2. Mid of police cordon
3. Cutaway of Russian and Crimean flags flying above parliament building
4. Cutaway of pro-Russian ribbon tied to Russian flag
5. Mid of pro-Russian supporter carrying Russian flag
6. Mid of barricades outside parliament
7. Cutaway of sign on parliament building
8. Wide of barricades outside parliament building
9. Close of police officer in foreground manning cordon, Russian and Crimean flags flying over parliament building in background
10. Mid of police officers standing outside cordon blocking access to parliament building
11. Mid of police officers speaking to fellow officer driving through cordon
12. Wide of police cordon
13. Wide of parliament building
Russia sent fighter jets to patrol the border with Ukraine, reportedly gave shelter to the country's fugitive president and stood by as pro-Russian gunmen stormed offices of a strategic region, deepening the crisis for Ukraine's new government even as it was being formed.
The moves pose an immediate challenge to Ukraine's new authorities as they seek to set up an interim government for the country, whose population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West.
Ukraine's new prime minister said the country's future lies in the European Union but with friendly relations with Russia. Some 150,000 Russian soldiers carried out military exercises and fighter jets patrolled the border.