Russian troops 'opened fire during military post takeover'

Russian troops opened fire during a takeover of a Ukrainian military post in Crimea but no one was injured, news agency Interfax reports.

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Violent clashes as rival rallies take place across Ukraine

Pockets of violence were reported across Ukraine, as thousands of pro and anti-Russian protesters held rival rallies in the main cities of Crimea.

Pro Ukrainian rally in Black Sea port of Odessa Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Poliakov

Clashes flared in Sebastopol, when pro-Russian activists and Cossacks attacked a group of Ukrainians.

Ukrainian police detain a demonstrator during a pro Russia rally in Donetsk Credit: AP Photo/Sergei Grits

Thousands gathered at Kiev's Independence Square to mark the 200 anniversary of the birth of a poet and national hero Taras Shevchenko, protesting against Russia's involvement in Crimea.

People in Kiev celebrated the 200th birth anniversary of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko Credit: REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin

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