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February 28, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Armed Russian men in unmarked military uniforms took up positions at Crimea's main airport in Simferopol early Friday, and there were reports that Russian naval forces had taken control of the military airport in Sevastopol, Moscow's leased base for its Black Sea fleet. Dozens of rifle-toting men, many of them masked, were patrolling the parking lot and entrance of the Simferopol airport, news agencies in the Russian-dominated Ukrainian territory reported. Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov , accused Russian nationalist militants of attempting " an armed invasion and occupation ," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Avakov 's Facebook page.
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April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The European Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday warned pilots to avoid entering airspace over Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region "due to the unsafe situation" of two national air traffic control services claiming to direct aircraft in the area. In a safety bulletin issued by the agency's headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the European Union-initiated flight safety oversight authority said it was reacting to Russian government notices to aviators that Moscow's air traffic control system was taking over responsibility for flight management in the region.
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April 3, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
The European Aviation Safety Agency on Thursday warned pilots to avoid entering airspace over Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimea region "due to the unsafe situation" of two national air traffic control services claiming to direct aircraft in the area. In a safety bulletin issued by the agency's headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the European Union-initiated flight safety oversight authority said it was reacting to Russian government notices to aviators that Moscow's air traffic control system was taking over responsibility for flight management in the region.
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March 16, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
PEREVALNE, Ukraine - Shortly after hundreds of polling stations opened across the breakaway Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Sunday, it became increasingly clear that after 23 years of being part of the Ukraine Crimean peninsula washed by the Black Sea in its south made albeit an illegitimate but quite effective leap toward rejoining Russia, to which Crimea had belonged for over three centuries before. The referendum, declared illegal by the Interim Government in Kiev and by all the Western powers, would have hardly happened at all without the impressive assistance of Russian armed forces which have de facto occupied the breakaway peninsula since the end of February, when the  heavily armed Russian commandos captured the government and parliament buildings in the regional capital of Simferopol and installed the pro-Kremlin government, immediately asking for military and economic assistance from Russia.
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February 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine --Clashes in Ukraine on Wednesday between demonstrators supporting Russian involvement in the Crimea region and those opposed left one person dead of an apparent heart attack and many others injured, officials said. The violence in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea in southern Ukraine, came as thousands of members of the Tatar ethnic minority rallying in support of Ukraine's interim government clashed with demonstrators who favor Russian influence on the area. The opposing sides gathered outside the parliament building in Simferopol.
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March 1, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Crimea's new pro-Moscow premier, Sergei Aksenov, moved the date of the peninsula's status referendum to March 30. On Thursday, the Crimean parliament, which appointed Aksenov,  had called for a referendum on May 25, the date also set for the urgent presidential election in Ukraine. “In connection with a necessity we decided to speed up the holding of the referendum on the stauts of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea,” Aksenov said Saturday in Simferopol at a new government session, the UNIAN information agency reported.
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March 16, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
PEREVALNE, Ukraine - Shortly after hundreds of polling stations opened across the breakaway Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Sunday, it became increasingly clear that after 23 years of being part of the Ukraine Crimean peninsula washed by the Black Sea in its south made albeit an illegitimate but quite effective leap toward rejoining Russia, to which Crimea had belonged for over three centuries before. The referendum, declared illegal by the Interim Government in Kiev and by all the Western powers, would have hardly happened at all without the impressive assistance of Russian armed forces which have de facto occupied the breakaway peninsula since the end of February, when the  heavily armed Russian commandos captured the government and parliament buildings in the regional capital of Simferopol and installed the pro-Kremlin government, immediately asking for military and economic assistance from Russia.
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February 28, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Authorities closed airspace over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and at least five Russian transport planes landed at a military air strip near the regional capital late Friday, as the country's acting president accused Moscow of trying to seize territory. A duty officer at the Simferopol airport said that all commercial takeoffs and landings had been canceled from the Crimean regional capital's airport for at least 24 hours. In Kiev, Oxana Ozhigova , a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian capital's Borispol airport, confirmed that flights to and from Simferopol had been suspended.
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March 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- The Russian-controlled parliament of Ukraine's Crimea area voted Thursday to secede and join Russia, and set a March 16 public vote on the latest move aimed at wresting the strategic peninsula from Ukraine. Officials in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev said such a vote would be meaningless as the Ukrainian constitution requires that any changes to national borders or territory be voted on by the entire country. The referendum on Crimea's future, announced by the region's first deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliev, moved up the date for the controversial vote by two weeks.
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September 15, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Defiant Crimean lawmakers returned to their Parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine, after a presidential guard that blocked the assembly quietly withdrew. The deputies quickly convened a session 48 hours after President Yuri Meshkov disbanded Parliament and proclaimed presidential rule.
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March 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- The Russian-controlled parliament of Ukraine's Crimea area voted Thursday to secede and join Russia, and set a March 16 public vote on the latest move aimed at wresting the strategic peninsula from Ukraine. Officials in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev said such a vote would be meaningless as the Ukrainian constitution requires that any changes to national borders or territory be voted on by the entire country. The referendum on Crimea's future, announced by the region's first deputy prime minister, Rustam Temirgaliev, moved up the date for the controversial vote by two weeks.
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March 1, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Crimea's new pro-Moscow premier, Sergei Aksenov, moved the date of the peninsula's status referendum to March 30. On Thursday, the Crimean parliament, which appointed Aksenov,  had called for a referendum on May 25, the date also set for the urgent presidential election in Ukraine. “In connection with a necessity we decided to speed up the holding of the referendum on the stauts of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea,” Aksenov said Saturday in Simferopol at a new government session, the UNIAN information agency reported.
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February 28, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Armed Russian men in unmarked military uniforms took up positions at Crimea's main airport in Simferopol early Friday, and there were reports that Russian naval forces had taken control of the military airport in Sevastopol, Moscow's leased base for its Black Sea fleet. Dozens of rifle-toting men, many of them masked, were patrolling the parking lot and entrance of the Simferopol airport, news agencies in the Russian-dominated Ukrainian territory reported. Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov , accused Russian nationalist militants of attempting " an armed invasion and occupation ," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Avakov 's Facebook page.
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February 28, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Authorities closed airspace over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and at least five Russian transport planes landed at a military air strip near the regional capital late Friday, as the country's acting president accused Moscow of trying to seize territory. A duty officer at the Simferopol airport said that all commercial takeoffs and landings had been canceled from the Crimean regional capital's airport for at least 24 hours. In Kiev, Oxana Ozhigova , a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian capital's Borispol airport, confirmed that flights to and from Simferopol had been suspended.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine --Clashes in Ukraine on Wednesday between demonstrators supporting Russian involvement in the Crimea region and those opposed left one person dead of an apparent heart attack and many others injured, officials said. The violence in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea in southern Ukraine, came as thousands of members of the Tatar ethnic minority rallying in support of Ukraine's interim government clashed with demonstrators who favor Russian influence on the area. The opposing sides gathered outside the parliament building in Simferopol.
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May 7, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Ukrainian police and state security agents seized nearly 375 pounds of a radioactive material seen as a likely ingredient for a "dirty bomb" and arrested three people, authorities said. In addition to seizing the two containers of cesium-137, officers arrested three men from the city of Simferopol, police spokesman Yuriy Kondratyev said. Cesium-137 is considered a likely ingredient for a so-called dirty bomb, in which conventional explosives are combined with radioactive material.
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October 19, 1987
Nationalist Crimean Tatars are continuing to mount protests in the Soviet Union, two months after authorities sent them out of Moscow for demonstrating in the city center, according to Soviet press reports. The reports said police prevented a group of Crimean Tatars on Oct. 7 from marching 125 miles from Taman, in the south of the Russian republic, to Simferopol, in the Crimean peninsula.
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