Masked gunmen seize Crimea’s legislature building

Posted: February 28, 2014 at 3:24 a.m.

Pro-Russian demonstrators march with a huge Russian flag during a protest in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Ukraine's acting interior minister says Interior Ministry troops and police have been put on high alert after dozens of men seized local government and legislature buildings in the Crimea region. The intruders raised a Russian flag over the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, but didn't immediately voice any demands. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Masked gunmen stormed the parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea region Thursday as Russian fighter jets scrambled to patrol borders, and the newly formed national government pledged to prevent a national breakup with strong backing from the West.

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