Russiske soldater har gått inn i Ukraina og stormet en naturgassterminal. Regjeringen i Kiev sier den forbeholder seg retten til å anvende alle midler for å forsvare seg mot en russisk invasjon.
Ukrainske soldater skal befinne seg utenfor terminalen.
Det er snakk om at russerne sikrer seg kontroll over infrastruktur som gass og vann til Krim.
Ekspansjonen inn på ukrainsk territorium er likevel en opptrapping av konflikten.
Det meldes at det var minst russiske 80 soldater i styrken.
Scores of Russian troops that landed by helicopter seized a gas plant just beyond the regional border of Crimea on Saturday, the Ukrainian government said. The action was Russia’s most provocative since its forces took over Crimea two weeks ago.
The latest troop advance came one day before Crimea was set to vote on whether to secede from Ukraine, and it was testing Ukrainian leaders’ resolve to engage Russia’s much more powerful military if it moved beyond Crimea.
By late afternoon, Ukrainian troops were stationed outside the gas plant, which is on a slender sand bar to the east of the Crimean Peninsula, according to Unian, a Ukrainian news service, which quoted the local police. The news agency did not say if shots were fired.
Men noe mer kan være på gang. Ukrainerne melder om større troppeforflytninger på Krim, fra den russiske siden, rundt byen Kersh, og nordover, mot Ukraina.
The Ukrainian military in Crimea had reported Friday that Russian forces on the peninsula were shifting tanks, artillery and troops to the north of the region, toward the Ukrainian mainland. A spokesman in Crimea, Vladislav Seleznyov, said that a column of more than 100 military vehicles was seen on a highway. Elsewhere on the peninsula, he said, troops and trucks towing artillery pieced moved from Kerch, a city near the strait of the same name separating Crimea from Russia, to the north, and a cargo train carried armored vehicles from the south to the north of the region.