By Justin Sink - 03/19/14 02:55 PM EDT
Vice President Biden condemned Russia for moving along a “dark path” amid reports of violence as Russian forces took over a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean peninsula.
The vice president expressed concern over reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of an annexation treaty with Crimean leaders as illegal.
Biden vowed that there would be “a price to pay for this naked aggression.”
“Russia cannot escape that the world is changing and rejecting outright this behavior,” he said.
Ukraine said Tuesday that a military officer was killed after Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian outpost near the city of Simferopol. Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk denounced the attack as a “war crime,” according to Agence France-Presse.