Russian news agency RIA “Novosti” with reference to its source reported the mass escape of the Ukrainian military forces located in the Crimea, on the side of “the Crimean government»:
Ministry of Ukrainian Defense published an official denial of this information:
Today,2nd  March,2014 some foreign media spread the message that Ukrainian military units left their bases in the Crimea. Press and Information Office of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine officially declares that the spread information is not true and should be considered as a provocation.

Information about the mass dismissal of officers in Ukrainian army also was not confirmed.
Military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine situated in the Crimea, which were blocked by armed people, understanding full responsibility for their families and civilians, keep calm and are trying through negotiations to prevent bloodshed.

Armed Forces of Ukraine refused to surrender and to lay down arms.