Ukrainian Interior Forces, all police in Crimea put on alert

27 February 2014 10:28

Buildings of Crimean Parliament and Council of Ministers of Crimea have been seized by armed men.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov ordered to put Ukrainian Interior Forces in Crimea and the entire police personnel on alert.

"A unit of unidentified individuals armed with automatic weapons and machine guns seized the Crimean Parliament in Simferopol early this morning. The Interior Forces and all police personnel have been put on alert," Avakov wrote on Facebook.

"A number of other response measures have been taken in order to prevent the development of extremist actions and stop the situation from growing into an armed clash in the city center," he said.

As reported, neighborhood where the Crimean Supreme Council is located is cordoned off.

To recall, a group of about 30 people had occupied the Crimean Parliament and government building at about 4:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. Nobody was injured in the process.