The Crimean peninsula looks certain to vote for joining Russia on Sunday. But its pro-Ukrainian minority is fearful of what may follow.
A Dutch diplomat acting as a special U.N. envoy to Crimea left for Kiev after 10 to 15 armed men ordered him to leave the region.
Ukraine's confrontation with Russia over Crimea deepened today, with claims that Ukraine's top admiral defected and Russian troop movements in the peninsula.
As armed men occupied the building and anti-Maidan protesters rallied outside, the parliament of the pro-Russia Ukrainian region went ahead with plans to push for greater independence from Kiev.
Many Tatars have returned to the Crimean Peninsula, but they continue fight for the return of their land and rights.