helicopters circled and hovered. There was machine-gun
fire from the Russian side, and fists from the Ukrainian side. But the
base was quickly taken by three Russian armored personnel carriers full of special-force troops. By then, there were 60-80 Ukrainian marine holdouts left at the base, out of a full complement of 300 marines.
However, the marines say their commander, Dmitry Delyatitsky, was taken from the base in a helicopter this morning and hiswhereabouts are still unknown.
By 5.30 a.m., the Russian flag was flying.