Residents of coastal town near Sevastopol stand as a human shield between Ukrainian border guards and Russian Special Forces

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In Balaklava, near Sevastopol on the coast of the Crimean Peninsula, border guards from the Sevastopol marine guard  continue to negotiate with soldiers of the Russian Federation,  the press service of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reports.

At the same time, all possible measures are being taken to prevent the violent seizure of property and the detachment itself. Residents of Balaklava, veterans, and the families of the border guards stood  as a live shield between the detachment’s checkpoint and the Russians, asking for the prevention of bloodshed. Russian representatives are insisting on releasing the military unit, and they are not initiating contact or identifying themselves. The situation could not be any more tense.

“The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine is taking all measures to prevent military confrontation and calls upon all concerned citizens not to be bystanders and to prevent bloodshed. Ukrainian border guards also addressed the Russian military, warning that violating the laws of Ukraine is unacceptable,” said a statement by the agency.

As previously reported, today at about 13:00, approximately 300 armed men in full combat gear and wearing the uniform of the Russian Special Forces attempted to seize Sevastopol’s marine guard, with the leader of the group declaring that he has an order from the Russian Minister of Defense to occupy the naval military unit.

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