Foreign military mission barred from Crimea



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ARMIANSK, Ukraine (AP) — An Associated Press reporter says pro-Russian forces have refused to let a foreign military mission enter Crimea.

The multinational group of military officers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was attempting to enter the embattled Ukrainian peninsula from the north. The armed men told them they had no authorization to enter Crimea.

After the officers had stopped, the armed men fired warning bursts of automatic weapons fire into the air to make other unidentified vehicles halt. No injuries were reported.

The AP reporter says the group will likely return to the Ukrainian city of Kherson where it spent the night.

Russia and Ukraine are locked in a tense standoff over Crimea.

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