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KIEV — A Ukrainian air force commander was being held in jail Sunday after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, and Ukraine’s acting president called for his release.
Colonel Yuliy Mamchur headed 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.
President Oleksandr Turchynov of Ukraine said Mamchur was ‘‘abducted’’ by the troops. It was unclear if the forces, who didn’t bear insignia, were Russian military or local pro-Russia militia.
Vitali Klitschko, a leader of the revolt against former President Viktor Yanukovych, said Mamchur is being held by the Russian military in a jail in Sevastopol.