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Video: ‘If one person gets killed this could spiral out of control’

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Video by Robert PARSONS

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-08

Tensions continued to mount in Ukraine’s Crimea region on Saturday, with Ukrainian troops growing increasingly nervous after Russian troops on Friday tried to break into their military base and make them surrender their weapons.

Foreign observers barred from Crimea

A multinational group of military officers from the Organisation for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was turned away by pro-Russian forces at the Crimean border on Saturday. Heavily armed men reportedly fired warning shots as the foreign observers attempted to enter the disputed peninsula from the north.

Reporting from Crimea’s regional capital Simferopol, FRANCE 24’s Chief Foreign Editor Robert Parsons said that “at one point, it appears that a truck attempted to ram the gates into the base”, adding that just over two dozen “irregulars” also tried to break in and hurled stone grenades onto the building in which the Ukrainians had barricaded themselves.

“Incidents like these are waiting to happen, waiting to explode into something much more than they are at the moment,” Parsons said, warning that “if one person gets killed, this whole thing could spiral out of control”.

Click on the player above to watch Parson’s full report.

 

Date created : 2014-03-08

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