The Ukrainian Civil War (Ukrainian: Украінская гражданская воїна, Russian: Украинская гражданская война) was a conflict that broke out in Ukraine on 12 March 2015, following mass protests against the fascist government that came to power during the 2014 Ukrainian coup. Russia intervened, siding with the protestors and much of the Ukrainian military. At first, Russian forces took control of the Crimea, with little resistance, mainly from Crimean Tatars. In Eastern Ukraine, several units of the Ukrainian Ground Forces and Air Force attacked Right Sector (the ruling party of the government) militia barracks. The Russian forces then began moving northwards to support them.