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Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh told a government meeting on Saturday that Russia had "recently" brought 6,000 additional personnel into Ukraine, according to a Reuters report. Several military transport planes and about 10 military helicopters had entered Ukrainian airspace on Friday without permission, he said.
The situation on the ground became even murkier when Russia claimed that Kiev-backed gunmen had attempted to take over the Crimean Interior Ministry. There was no confirmation of such an action from other sources. Russia’s foreign ministry said people had been wounded, but gave no details.
"With decisive actions by self-defense groups, the attempt to seize the interior ministry building was averted. This confirms the desire of prominent political circles in Kiev to destabilize the peninsula," it said in a statement Saturday.