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Denis Berezovsky, Ukraine's Navy Chief, Defects To Crimea's Pro-Russian Authorities

Unidentified armed men guard Ukraine's infantry base in Perevalne, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of armed men in t
Unidentified armed men guard Ukraine's infantry base in Perevalne, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armored vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

KIEV, March 2 (Reuters) - Ukraine launched a treason case on Sunday against the head of the navy, who surrendered his headquarters on Sunday in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on only his second day on the job.

Denis Berezovsky was shown on Russian television swearing allegiance to the pro-Russian regional leaders of Crimea. Russian forces have seized the Black Sea peninsula and told Ukrainian forces there to give up their weapons.

"During the blockade by Russian forces of the central headquarters of the navy, he declined to offer resistance and laid down his weapons," said Viktoria Syumar, deputy secretary of Ukraine's Security Council.

"The prosecutor's office has opened a criminal case against Denis Berezovsky under statute 111: state treason," she said. Another admiral, Serhiy Hayduk, was placed in charge of the navy. (Editing by Kevin Liffey)