Ukrainian military: Base stormed in Crimea by pro-Russian self-defense forces

March 22, 2014 1:50 PM

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Ukrainian military: Base stormed in Crimea by pro-Russian self-defense forces

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- A Ukrainian military base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian self-defense forces, a Ukraine Defense Ministry spokesman said Saturday.

Ukrainian forces on the Novofederoskoe base threw smoke bombs during the incident and retreated to base's headquarters, according to Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznev, in a Facebook posting.

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