Ukraine Warns Russian Fleet Against "Military Aggression"
Ukraine's acting president has warned the Russian navy in Crimea not to leave its post, after gunmen seized government buildings in the regional capital.
Oleksandr Turchnyov said Thursday that any movement of Russian troops will be considered "military aggression." Russia's Black Sea fleet is based in the Crimean city of Sevastpol.
Earlier Thursday, Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakov said police are on high alert after the local government and legislature buildings were seized in the capital, Simferopol, by armed men in the pro-Russia region.
Reports say the the Russian flag was raised over the buildings, and Avakov said the occupied buildings have been sealed off by police.
The area has been the scene of confrontations between supporters of Ukraine's new government and pro-Russia activists. The region is mainly made up of Russian speakers who support Moscow but is also home to minority Muslim Tatars who are generally anti-Russia.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian interim leaders named popular opposition figure Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the country's new prime minister. Parliament is expected to consider his name later Thursday.
South Korean Missionary 'Confesses' to Spying in Pyongyang
A South Korean Christian missionary confessed Thursday to trying to overthrow the North Korean government at the behest of Seoul.
Kim Jung Wook is at least the third Christian evangelist being detained by North Korea, which views unauthorized religious workers as spies.
His comments came during a news conference in Pyongyang, where he said he was arrested in October with Bibles and other religious material.
South Korea has not commented on the case. But Kim's accusations were in question, as North Korea often requires foreign detainees to read confessions to improve their chances of being freed.
Pyongyang said in November it had arrested what it called a South Korean spy. Seoul then denied the charges. Only later did it become clear the detainee was the 50-year-old Baptist missionary.