Ukraine: 1 serviceman killed in Crimean storming

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KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian military spokesman says a serviceman has been killed and another injured when a base in Crimea was stormed by armed men.

Vladislav Seleznev, a spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea, said on his Facebook page that the base in the Crimean capital Simferopol was stormed by unknown armed men on Tuesday. He said a truck bearing a Russian flag was used in the operation.

Earlier today, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.

In an emotional 40-minute speech televised live from the Kremlin's white-and-gold St. George hall, the Russian leader said he was merely restoring order to history by incorporating Crimea.

In response, Ukraine's new government called Putin dangerous.

"Today's statement by Putin showed in high relief what a real threat Russia is for the civilized world and international security," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Evhen Perebinis said on Twitter. "(The annexation) has nothing to do with law or with democracy or sensible thinking."

Many in Crimea's ethnic Tatar minority were wary, fearing that Crimea's breakaway from Ukraine will set off violence against them. Soviet authorities had forcibly evicted the Muslim Tatars from Crimea decades ago.

Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev seemed to confirm those fears, telling the RIA Novosti news agency that the government would ask Tatars to "vacate" some of the lands they "illegally" occupy so authorities can use them for "social needs."

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