Pro-Russian self defence unit take oath to Crimea

Members of a pro-Russian self defence unit took an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol today.

A member of a pro-Russian self defence unit takes an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol today. Credit: Reuters

The oath came on the same day Russian forces took over a military hospital and a missile base in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

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A member of a pro-Russian self defence unit takes an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol today. Credit: Reuters

David Cameron said in a speech to the House of Commons this afternoon that plans to hold a referendum in Crimea on Sunday to formalise Russia's control over the province "will be illegal, illegitimate and will not be recognised by the international community."

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Members of a pro-Russian self defence unit stand in formation as they take an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol today. Credit: Reuters

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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.