Pro-Russian rally in Crimea decries Kiev 'bandits'

photo A Russian armored personnel carrier is driven on a street on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Sevastopol, Ukraine's Black Sea Port that hosts a major Russian navy base.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine - Dozens of pro-Russian protesters rallied Tuesday in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea against "the bandits" in Kiev who are trying to form a new government - with some even speaking of secession. A lawmaker from Russia stoked their passions further by promising them that Russia will protect them.

As a Russian flag flew Tuesday in front of the city council building in Sevastopol - a key Crimean port where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based - an armored Russian personnel carrier and two trucks full of troops made a rare appearance on the streets of the city.