Ukraine says top commander held after base stormed

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Ukraine says top commander held after base stormed
Pro-Russian militia members evacuate a local resident as Russian troops assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Soldiers in unmarked uniforms sit atop APC at the gate of the Belbek base near the port city of Sevastopol, Crimea, Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Belbek Ukrainian air force base in Crimea has been blocked off by Russian forces. Russian forces have been seizing Ukrainian military facilities for several days in the Black Sea peninsula, which voted a week ago to secede and join Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Pro Russian Militia people hide themselves behind cars as they secure the road to the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A Russian machine gunner controls the gate of the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A Pro-Russian militia member evacuates a local resident, background center, as other militia people hide themselves behind cars as they secure the road to the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A pro-Russian militia member holds a pistol while Russian soldiers assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A pro-Russian militia member smokes a cigarette as Russian soldiers assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A pro-Russian militia member holds a pistol while Russian soldiers assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A pro-Russian militia member holds a pistol while Russian soldiers assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Pro-Russian militia people hide themselves behind cars as they secure the road to the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Cossacs and Pro-Russian militia members run toward the Belbek airbase after Russian soldiers took control over it, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Pro-Russian militia members guard outside the Belbek airbase after Russian troops took control over it, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A Pro-Russian militia member guards outside the Belbek airbase after Russian troops took control over it, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Soldiers with grenade launchers run as Pro-Russian militia members guard outside the Belbek airbase after Russian troops took control over it, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Ukrainian airmen look from behind the fence as they talk to a Russian officer, left, before the assault on the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Pro-Russian militia member holds a gun as Russian soldiers take cover behind APC storming the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A pro-Russian militia member holds a pistol while Russian soldiers assault the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Pro-Russian militia people hide themselves behind cars as they secure the road to the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A Russian APC breaks into the fence of the Belbek airbase gate after Russian troops took control, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Russian soldier controls Ukrainain airmen at the Belbek airbase after Russian troops took it under control, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A Russian machine gunner controls the gate of the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian soldiers sit atop an APC as it drives toward the Belbek airbase gate, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Pro-Russian militia members wave Russian flag running towards the Belbek airbase gate after Russian troops took control, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian soldiers walk inside the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Ukrainian officers stand behind the fence of the Belbek airbase after Russians took control, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
An ambulance leaves the Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into an air base here, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian soldiers take cover behind APC outside the Ukrainian Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Russian forces used at least four armored vehicles to break into the Belbek air base, seizing control of one of the last Ukrainian military outposts in Crimea. After an hours-long tense standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces, gunfire and explosions could be heard as the vehicles broke down the gate at the air base located just outside Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian air force commander is being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, and the acting president called for his release Sunday.

Col. Yuliy Mamchur is the commander of the Belbek Air Force base near Sevastopol, which was taken over Saturday by forces who sent armored personnel carriers smashing through the base's walls and fired shots and stun grenades. One Ukrainian serviceman was reported wounded in the clash. It was unclear if the forces, who didn't bear insignia, were Russian military or local pro-Russia militia.

President Oleksandr Turchynov, in a statement, said Mamchur was "abducted" by the forces. He didn't specify where Mamchur is believed to be held.

However, prominent politician Vitali Klitschko said Sunday that Mamchur is being held by the Russian military in a jail in Sevastopol, the Crimean city that is the base of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

Klitschko was one of the leaders of the three months of protests in Ukraine that culminated in late February with President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing the country and interim authorities taking power before a May 25 presidential election. The protests were triggered by Yanukovych's decision to reject a deal for closer ties with the European Union and turn to Moscow instead.

Yanukovych's ouster was denounced by Russia and much of Ukraine's ethnic Russian population as a coup. Soon thereafter, Russian forces took control of Crimea and the region held a referendum to break off from Ukraine and join Russia.

Russia formally annexed Crimea last week, a move that Western countries say is illegitimate. The U.S. and the EU have imposed sanctions on Russia in the dispute, but Moscow appears unmoved.

On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian flag was now flying over 189 military facilities in Crimea. It didn't specify whether any Ukrainian military operations there remained under Ukrainian control.
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