Russian Foreign Ministry: At night, armed people from Kyiv wanted to seize the Crimean Ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, self-defense units managed to prevent the attempted capture, and there are casualties. The Russian Foreign Ministry says that on the night of March 1, unknown armed men sent from Kyiv tried to seize the Crimean Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. On the same day, after the incident near the building of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov reassigned power structures in the territory of Crimea and turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to assist in ensuring peace and tranquility in the territory of Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted an appeal to the Federation Council on the use of the Russian Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine “until the normalization of the socio-political situation in this country.” On the same day, the President of the Russian Federation received consent to send troops to the territory of Ukraine from the Federation Council, but did not use this right. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych supports Crimea’s appeal to Russia for help. Andrey Klishas, head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation, announced this today, referring to Yanukovych’s statement received by the Federation Council. It is reported by ITAR-TASS.