Soliders outside Simferopol base
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Crimea: 'Shots fired' at military base in Simferopol

18 March 2014 Last updated at 16:34 GMT

A Ukrainian serviceman has been shot and killed in an attack on a base in Crimea, according to the defence ministry.

The attack reportedly took place shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia.

The BBC's Ben Brown, reporting from outside the base in the capital, Simferopol, said that bursts of automatic gun fire were heard.