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Feb 27, 2014 10:34 PM by Connie Murphy

Report: Armed men take airport in Ukraine's Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - A report says dozens of armed men in military uniforms have seized an airport in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. Witnesses told the Interfax news agency that the 50 or so men were wearing the same gear early Friday as the ones who seized government buildings in the regional capital of Simferopol on Thursday and raised the Russian flag.

The report says the men with "Russian Navy ensigns" surrounded the Simferopol Airport's domestic flights terminal. The report could not be immediately confirmed.

The events in the Crimea region have heightened tensions with neighboring Russia, which scrambled fighter jets to patrol borders. Russia also has granted shelter to Ukraine's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovych, after violent protests in Kiev.

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