More servicemen of the Ukrainian Armed Forces are moving under the jurisdiction of the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, a Crimean administration member told Interfax-AVN on Monday.

"A total of 5,086 servicemen of the Interior Ministry Forces, the State Border Service and the Armed Forces of Ukraine volunteered to take the side of the Crimean people on March 2 and 3," he said.

"Following the example of the [Balaklava] coast guard unit, the Interior Ministry Force's regiment stationed in Sevastopol and a separate battalion [deployed in Yalta] joined the Crimean people. Servicemen of air defense regiments took an oath of allegiance to the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea over the past day in Yevpatoriya and Feodosia," the source said.

The Crimea tactical command group stationed in Dergachi took the side of the Crimean government on March 3, he added.

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