(The Scotsman) Ukraine's military scrambled aircraft and paratroops to confront Russian troops landing on a spit of land between Crimea and the mainland, as tensions ahead of the crunch secession vote boiled over.
The Russian show of force saw troops backed by gunships move into the area.
About 60 Russian troops landed on Arbatskaya Strelka, a strip of land running parallel to the east of Crimea.
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Assisted by three armoured personnel carriers the Russians began digging in before six Russian helicopters arrived with 60 more servicemen.