Pro-Russia gunmen take over Crimean parliament building - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Pro-Russia gunmen take over Crimean parliament building

Posted: Updated:
The Russian flag flies over parliament in Crimea after gunmen seized the building. (Source: ATR/CNN) The Russian flag flies over parliament in Crimea after gunmen seized the building. (Source: ATR/CNN)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty/ATR/CNN) – There are worrying signs of a growing east-west divide in Ukraine.

As thousands of protesters rallied outside of the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol, armed men seized the regional parliament and raised the Russian flag. At least 50 gunmen are occupying the buildings.

The premier there says they are refusing to negotiate.

These latest developments come as the parliament in Kiev meets to vote in a new interim government.

But Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovich, who was toppled from power just days ago, insists he is still the country's legitimate leader.

According to media reports, he sent a statement to Russian news agencies from an unknown location.

At a meeting of NATO's defense ministers in Brussels, Belgium NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged the new Ukrainian leadership "to continue its efforts to establish an inclusive political process that reflects the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people."

"I am extremely concerned about the most recent developments in Crimea," Rasmussen said. "This morning's actions by an armed group is dangerous and irresponsible. I urge Russia not to take any action that could escalate tension of misunderstanding."

Copyright 2014 Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty and ATR via CNN.

  • Crimea in crisisMore>>

  • 57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:01:09 GMT
    A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's...
    A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground.
  • Pro-Russian militants not abiding by Ukraine agreement

    Pro-Russian militants not abiding by Ukraine agreement

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:36:38 GMT
    Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia told reporters Friday in Kiev that Russia still must prove its intentions in Ukraine are sincere.
    Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia told reporters Friday in Kiev that Russia still must prove its intentions in Ukraine are sincere.
  • Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:41:38 GMT
    Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kiev.
    Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's...
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.