Armed masked men who call themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force and local militiamen check vehicles at their checkpoint on a highway that connect Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on February 28, 2014. The sign on the bar reads: 'Fascism Shall Not Pass!' The spiralling tensions in a nation torn between the West and Russia took today a severe new turn when Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russian soldiers and local pro-Kremlin militia of staging raids on Crimea's main airport and another base on the southwest of the peninsula where pro-Moscow sentiments run high. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV
Ukrtelecom announced today that the company's offices in Crimea have been seized in several locations, cutting phone and Internet service between the Crimean peninsula and the rest of Ukraine. However, service was restored after a few hours, according to people in Crimea.