Kyiv said it is sending acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh and First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema to Crimea in an effort to "resolve the situation" in Sevastopol, where pro-Moscow forces stormed Ukrainian navy headquarters and raised a Russian flag.
Crimea's secessionist Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov vows authorities there won't allow acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh and First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Yarema into Crimea. Kyiv announced it was sending them there to "resolve the situation" in Sevastopol.
Pro-Russian self-defense forces have stormed the Ukrainian navy's Black Sea headquarters in Sevastopol and raised the Russian flag above the building less than 24 hours after Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Crimea.
Ukraine's acting defense minister, Ihor Tenyukh, says his country will not pull its troops out of Crimea. About 20,000 Ukrainian soldiers are currently serving on the peninsula.