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Ukraine appeals to UNSC over Russian invasion

UN envoy says military helicopters and transport planes are entering his country, have seized major airports in Crimea

A soldier rests atop a Russian armored personnel carrier with a road sign reading "Sevastopol - 32 kilometers, Yalta - 70 kilometers", near the town of Bakhchisarai, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Ivan Sekretarev)
A soldier rests atop a Russian armored personnel carrier with a road sign reading "Sevastopol - 32 kilometers, Yalta - 70 kilometers", near the town of Bakhchisarai, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (photo credit: AP/Ivan Sekretarev)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s UN ambassador says he has told the UN Security Council that Russian military helicopters and transport planes are entering his country and Russian armed forces seized Crimea’s main airport.

Ukraine’s Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told reporters Friday outside the council that neither major airport in Crimea is under national control and that the main airport was “captured by Russian armed forces.”

He said 11 Russian attack helicopters had been brought in along with Mi-24 military transport planes.

Sergeyev said Russian “groupies” in Crimea are challenging Ukraine’s national authority.

He said a Russian naval captain had been maneuvering his ship under command of Russian nationals in Crimea.

The Russian maneuvers involved forces at the Russian naval bases in Crimea, and the inflights by attack helicopters and Russian transport planes

“We have two problems, inside and outside,” Sergeyev said.

The private Security Council meeting came hours after Ukraine said Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports in its Crimean peninsula, and sought help from the council to help protect it from its powerful neighbor.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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