Ukrainian officer shot and injured in Crimea: navy chief

A Ukrainian officer was shot and injured in Crimea's main city Simferopol, Ukraine's navy chief said Tuesday, as an AFP reporter witnessed an armed attack by at least 10 gunmen on a military building in the city.

"During an attack against a base in Simferopol, a Ukrainian officer was shot and injured in the leg," Navy chief Sergiy Gayduk said during a meeting in Kiev with interim President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

He did not specify where the incident happened or whether it was on Tuesday.

An AFP reporter outside a Ukrainian military unit in a suburb northeast of Simferopol heard a burst of gunfire coming from the building and saw two ambulances driving into the area, which was sealed off by pro-Moscow militants.

"Armed attempts to take over (Ukrainian) military units have multiplied in recent days," Gayduk said at the meeting.

According to Gayduk, 38 Ukrainian bases are still being blocked by Russian forces in Crimea, which de facto became part of Russia on Tuesday after President Vladimir Putin inked the move in Moscow.