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Reports: After deadly attack, Ukraine authorizes armed forces in Crimea to fire in self defense if needed

After an attack left one military member dead, one wounded and others captured, Ukraine's defense ministry has authorized its forces to open fire in self defense, according to media reports.
Kiev (WSYR-TV/CNN) - After an attack left one military member dead, one wounded and others captured, Ukraine's defense ministry has authorized its forces to open fire in self defense, according to media reports.

Thousands celebrated in the streets of Moscow on Tuesday after Russia announced the annexation of Crimea, the move coming two days after voters in the territory approved a referendum to separate from Ukraine.

The annexation has been met with extreme opposition from the international community including leaders of England, Germany and France openly speaking out against the move.

In response, CNN reports Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called it "a robbery on an international scale," one that Kiev will never accept.

Yatsenyuk also warned that the Crimean crisis is shifting "from political to the military form, and the blame is on the Russian military," according to CNN.

The United States voiced its displeasure in the move by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Nobody doubts Russia’s interest in Crimea, but that doesn't legitimize taking what you want because you want it or because you’re angry about the end of the Cold War or the end of the Soviet Union," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

CNN reports a member of the Ukrainian military was killed, another wounded and more captured when masked gunmen seized their base near the Crimean regional capital, Simferopol.

Ukraine's defense ministry authorized its forces to open fire if needed, according to CNN.
CNN reports that Russia's Parliament is expected to vote on ratifying Crimea's acceptance to the Russian Federation by the end of the week.

For more information, read this CNN report.

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