Pro-Russian Cossacks rally outside the Crimean parliament building, in Simferopol, Feb. 28, 2014.
According to media reports Russian soldiers have occupied the airport at nearby Sevastapol while soldiers whose identity could not be initally confirmed have stationed themselves at Simferopol International Airport.Read more: Ukraine accuses Russian troops of blocking off airports
Crimean Tatars clash with a police officer , left, in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Feb. 26, 2014.
About 20,000 Muslim Tatars who rallied in support of the interim government clashed with a smaller pro-Russian rally.
Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered massive military exercises just across the border.