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Ukraine, Malaysia Updates: NKorea Acting Up

By: ap
By: ap
Pro-Russian forces storm Ukrainian base in Crimea... Search for Flight 370 continues with no solid evidence yet... NKorea fires short-range rockets for 2nd day

This image provided by China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense shows a floating object seen at sea next to the descriptor which was added by the source. The image was captured around noon, on March 18, 2014 (Tuesday) by a Chinese satellite in S44�57 E90�13 in south Indian Ocean. It shows what is suspected to be a floating object 22 meters long and 13 meters wide. It is about 120 km south (slightly to the west) of the suspected objects released by Australia. (AP Photo/ China State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense)

UKRAINE
BELBEK AIR BASE, Crimea (AP) -- Pro-Russian forces are now in control of a Ukrainian air force base in Crimea.
The pro-Russian forces fired shots and smashed through the front gate and concrete walls of the Belbek base near the port city of Sevastopol with armored personnel carriers on Saturday.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry says one reporter and a Ukrainian soldier were injured in the raid.
It's the last major Ukrainian military facility in Crimea to fall into the hands of pro-Russian forces.
After the takeover, the base commander called together his men, who sang the Ukrainian national anthem and then stood at ease. He then told his men to put their weapons in the base's armory.
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.
Elsewhere, more than 5,000 pro-Russia residents of Donetsk in Ukraine's east have been demonstrating in favor of holding a referendum on whether to split off and join Russia.
Russia has moved large military contingents to areas near the Ukrainian border, though Moscow has said it has no intention of moving into eastern Ukraine.

MALAYSIA-PLANE
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Search planes are again in the skies over the southern Indian Ocean trying to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that vanished with 239 people aboard more than two weeks ago.
On Saturday, China released a satellite image showing a large object floating in the search zone.
The object, which appeared to be 72 feet by 43 feet, was captured by satellite on Tuesday in a location that falls within the search zone that planes and ships from a number of nations have been crisscrossing since similar images from another satellite emerged earlier in the week. But officials have found no trace of it.
The desolate area has strong currents and rough seas, and the ocean depth varies between 3,770 feet and 23,000 feet.

KOREAS-TENSIONS
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea says North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second straight day. That's apparently a continuation of protests of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.
Colonel Eom Hyo-sik of Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the North launched 16 short-range rockets with a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) early Sunday morning. The North had fired 30 rockets with a similar range early Saturday.
This is the fifth time the North has fired projectiles this month. One of the earlier launches happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane reportedly carrying 202 people flew in the same area.
Pyongyang claims its rocket launches are part of routine drills and self-defensive in nature.


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