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  3/22/2014, Adar Bet 20, 5774

Russian Forces Storm Ukrainian Air Base in Crimea

Russian forces stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian air bases in Crimea on Saturday, taking it over after at tense standoff, according to video footage. The live stream was taken down shortly after a Russian convoy broke through the gates at the Belbek base - but it sparked a furor in international media, who cited it as a prime example of the Russian military's aggressive takeover of the area. The Ukrainian base commander, Colonel Yuliy Mamchur, told Reuters that one serviceman had been injured and that he was being detained by the Russian forces.