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Published: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 3:15:06 PM
Updated: Friday February 28, 2014 MYT 3:16:02 PM

Ukraine's interior minister condemns seizure of Crimea airports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine's interior minister said on Friday Russian forces had taken control of two airports in the Crimea region and condemned them an armed invasion and occupation.

He said there had been no bloodshed or clashes when armed men he described as Russian naval forces took over a military airport near the port of Sevastopol where the Russian Black Sea fleet has a base.

Armed men he described as representing the Russian Federation had taken over Simferopol international airport without clashes.

"I consider what has happened to be an armed invasion and occupation in violation of all international agreements and norms," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page, describing it as an armed provocation and calling for talks.

(Reporting By Pavel Polityuk, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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