First Ukrainian soldier killed in Crimea
As a result of the storming of the Ukrainian military unit in Simferopol, a Ukrainian soldier was killed and two soldiers were wounded. According to eyewitnesses, Russian Special Forces were the first to shoot. Armed militants are trying to capture other Ukrainian military units. Ukrainian authorities claim that the conflict with Russia has moved from the political sphere to a military one.
In the evening of 18 March, 2014, the photogrammetric information centre1 of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine in Simferopol was captured as a result of storming. According to the group ‘Information resistance’, the storming was carried out by Russian special forces and the so-called ‘Crimean self-defence forces’, with the support of Crimea’s police (the police cordoned off the area of the operation). Representatives of the Federal Security Service (FSB ) of Russia wearing plain clothes, were present at the scene. According to eyewitnesses, the first to open fire were Russian Special Forces who shot in the direction of Ukrainian soldiers and members of the ‘self-defence forces’. This provoked indiscriminate shooting by the militants of ‘self-defence forces’ in the direction of the Ukrainian soldiers.2 Reports that shooting was initiated by Russian Special Forces were also confirmed by foreign journalists who were present at the scene.