According to the Ukrainian Military, an officer who was stationed on base was shot and killed on Tuesday morning. BBC reports that this is the first death since February involving Pro-Russian forces.
“Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency government meeting: “The conflict is shifting from a political to a military stage.
“Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian military servicemen and that is a war crime.”
The Ukrainian government said a junior officer who was on duty in a park inside the base had been killed and another officer injured. A third serviceman had leg and head injuries after being beaten with iron bars, it said.
The government said the commander of the unit was captured by men wearing Russian uniforms.
Defence ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told Reuters the attack was by “unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered”.
In what seems to be the start of a war, Ukrainian soldiers are preparing for all tasks that may be executed upon action. We hope innocent lives are not at stake because of Russia’s involvement with Crimea.