Ukraine’s security forces have been put on alert after government buildings in the Russian-majority Crimea region were seized by armed men, the BBC reports.
The Russian flag had been raised over both buildings in the capital, Simferopol. The local government has said it is negotiating with the gunmen.
The seizure of the buildings comes a day after confrontations between pro-Russians and supporters of Ukraine’s new leaders.
The men have not yet made any demands or issued any statements but did put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.”.