A spokesman for Ukraine’s border guard service said Saturday that Russian forces have seized a natural gas distribution station near Crimea.

Saturday’s action appeared to be the first move outside Crimea, where Russian forces have been in effective control since late last month.

Border guard spokesman Oleg Slobodyan told The Associated Press that a contingent of about 120 troops occupied the station in Strelkova on Saturday.

The Defense Ministry earlier reported that a Russian attempt to take the station had been repelled, but Slobodyan said that information was outdated.

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