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Feb 28, 2014 9:24 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Security chief: Ukraine controls Crimea airports

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) - A top Ukrainian security official says two airports in Crimea are under

Ukrainian control despite attempts by gunmen to "seize" them.

Ukraine's Interior Minister earlier Friday said Russian navy troops were blocking access to the

airports in Simferopol and Sevastopol, describing it as a "military invasion and occupation."

But Ukraine's Security Council Chief Andriy Parubiy insisted later Friday that the airports were

still under Ukrainian control, according to the Interfax news agency.

Parubiy said the gunmen had set up checkpoints outside the airports. "But de-facto the airports

are controlled by the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine."

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