Armed Men Surround Mejlis Building in Crimea

Masked armed men reportedly surrounded the Crimean Tatar’s Mejlis building in Simferopol on September 16, and cordoned off nearby roads as a “raid” reportedly took place. According to the Unian News Agency, the armed men refused to state why they were carrying out the operation, saying “they were not authorized to speak.”

Three masked men were caught on CCTV removing the Ukrainian flag from the building the night before, on September 15. In this video, obtained by Ukrainian news site Hromadske TV, one man scales the building to retrieve the flag as his two comrades keep watch from the ground. Credit: YouTube/Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

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