Update 4 p.m. EST: The standoff has reportedly ended, but not before journalists report colleagues being assaulted by "self-defense" forces and supporters outside the bases gates.
Colleagues are reporting than journalists may have been beaten up tonight - we can't confirm that but we're pulling away just in case
— Kevin Bishop (@bishopk) March 7, 2014
It's all over. Two Russian Volga trucks drove off after "talks". Ukrainian officer says about 30 to 40 Rus troops involved
— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) March 7, 2014
Original story: Armed men wearing Russian uniforms without insignia have stormed and taken control of part of a Ukrainian air force base in Sevastopol, Crimea, the Kiev government and witnesses say.
No shots have been fired and reports say the two sides are now negotiating.
The base is an anti-aircraft command center. The armed men rammed the gates with a truck and demanded the Ukrainian forces give up their arms and surrender.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense in Kiev says there are 100 Ukrainians in the base who are reportedly holed up in a bunker.
Russian officials have repeatedly claimed the apparent Russian troops in the Crimea are actually a “Crimean self-defense force,” but soldiers have unofficially confirmed they are Russian. Cossacks are other “military irregulars” are reportedly preventing reporters from getting video or photos of the base.
Armed men have surrounded Ukrainian bases for a week now but have not broken into any bases until now.
A Time magazine reporter tweeted around 2:30 p.m. EST that 15 trucks carrying Russian troops landed via a Black Sea Fleet ship, although it is not confirmed that these are the same troops besieging the Ukrainian air force base.