Crisis in Ukraine

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A pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine decided Thursday to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay it. See gallery

Pro-Russian gunmen, riding an armored personnel carrier, participate in a Victory Day parade in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday, May 9, 2014. Victory Day is celebrated by Russia to commemorate its World War II victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

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Soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine perform exercises at a military training center outside Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

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A pro-Russian separatist patrols the barricades surrounding the administration building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

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Papers relating to Sunday’s referendum for the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic lie on a table inside the separatist region’s election commission office in Donetsk on Thursday, May 8, 2014.

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A bouquet of flowers lies on a burned car, at the site of clashes between pro-Russia gunmen and the Ukrainian army near Slovyansk, on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

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Tires burn at a pro-Russian activist blockade following an assault by the Ukrainian army on May 3, 2014 in Kramatovsk, Ukraine.  Over the past couple of days the Ukrainian army has been assaulting pro-Russian checkpoints in and around Kramatovsk which sits on the edge of Slovyansk, a pro-Russian activist stronghold.

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A man sleeps under an anti-war poster depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin with a bomb as a mustache on May 7, 2014 in the centre of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 7 asked pro-Kremlin separatists in southeastern Ukraine to postpone a series of disputed referendums planned for this weekend on declaring greater autonomy or outright independence from Kiev.

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Men, who were injured in recent street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters, lie on beds at a local hospital in the Black Sea port of Odessa, May 4, 2014. Passions ran high in Odessa before local soccer team Chornomorets was due to play Kharkiv's Metalist. Fans who joined together to sing support for Ukraine's new leaders knew they might attract some trouble in the Russian-speaking city, but no one expected the chain of events that ended in the death of over 40 people.

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People gather near flowers, lit candles and black and orange ribbons of St. George, a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, placed in memory of people killed in recent street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters near the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow, May 4, 2014. Passions ran high in Odessa before local soccer team Chornomorets was due to play Kharkiv's Metalist. Fans who joined together to sing support for Ukraine's new leaders knew they might attract some trouble in the Russian-speaking city, but no one expected the chain of events that ended in the death of over 40 people.

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Pro-Russian activists hold a rally near the headquarters of the regional interior ministry to demand the resignation of its head Anatoly Naumenko in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, May 7, 2014. 

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A Ukrainian military helicopter lands near a Ukrainian checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014.

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A Pro-Russian gunman runs behind barricades holding a weapon in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014.

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Ukraine police officers argue with a pro Russia activist while the government building is been stormed, after a pro Russia demonstration during International Worker's Day in Donestsk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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Pro-Russian activists clash with police in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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A Ukrainian security force officer is deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk on April 24, 2014. Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the separatist-held city, seizing rebel checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled overhead. Reuters journalists saw a Ukrainian detachment with five armored personnel carriers take over the checkpoint on a road north of the city after it was abandoned by separatists who set tires alight to cover their retreat.

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A woman bandages the head of a pro-Russian activist injured outside theMariupol town hall in East Ukraine on April 24, 2014. Mariupol police said they were still investigating after breaking up a fight overnight when separatists occupyingcity hall were attackedby about 30 unidentified men armed with clubs.

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A Ukrainian security force officer is deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk on April 24, 2014.

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Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in the village of Malinivka, east of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine, on April 24, 2014. Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would go in.

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A woman cries outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk on April 24, 2014. Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the separatist-held city.

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Masked pro-Russia protesters pelt supporters of Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko with eggs outside a regional government building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, April 22, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

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A mine diver of the Belgium Navy is being cleaned with water after an exercise on board the Belgian mine-hunter Belis, which is part of a convoy of five ships from Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and Estonia, during a NATO deployment in the Baltic Sea along the German Coast, April 23, 2014. The warships are part of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE, one of NATO’s four standing Maritime Forces, which deployed from Kiel, Germany, to the Baltic Sea to enhance maritime security and readiness in the region. The maritime Group was reactivated by a North Atlantic Council decision to enhance collective defense and assurance measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

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A pro-Russian armed man escorts Ukrainian journalist Irma Krat after a news conference in Slaviansk, Ukraine, April 21, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists detained the Ukrainian journalist, accusing her of "war crimes" during the "Euromaidan" protests that toppled the Moscow-backed president, her lawyer said. Krat, 29, was held by militants in the city of Slaviansk, said Oleg Veremienko, a lawyer for the online television news site Krat runs.

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Pro-Ukrainian supporters sing the national anthem during a rally in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on April 23, 2014. The first American troops arrived in Poland on Wednesday, after Washington said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. Some 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade touched down early afternoon in Swidwin, in the northeast of the country, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

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The Belgian mine-hunter Belis and other ships are seen through the silhouetted arm of a sailor on board the Norwegian support vessel Valkyrien as he uses his binoculars to monitor a maneuver with four other ships from Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and Estonia during a NATO deployment in the Baltic Sea along the German Coast, April 22, 2014.

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A bride and groom poses for photos in front of barricades set up outside a regional government building seized by pro-Russian armed men in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, April 22, 2014.

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Ukrainian soldiers clash with pro-Russia protesters on a field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, on April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on Kramatorsk after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.

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A Ukrainian soldier clashes with a pro-Russia protester near Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

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A fighter jet flies overhead as Ukrainian soldiers sit on an armored personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014. Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of  four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet republic’s future.

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Ukrainian servicemen sit on top of an armored personnel carrier in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

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Armed men wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George -- a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine -- drive an airborne combat vehicle with a Russian flag outside Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

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A Ukrainian soldier aims his rifle at pro-Russia protesters gathered in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014. 

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Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.

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Pro-Russia protesters rough up a Ukrainian General, Genady Krutov (C-R), in front of a Ukrainian airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014.

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Pro-Russian armed men stand guard outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 14.

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A local resident talks to pro-Russian armed men standing guard outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk, April 14. Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.

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Civil activists cover their eyes to depict what they say is the inactivity of police in the escalating crisis, with placards showing illustrations of Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov seen above, during a rally in front of the ministry headquarters in Kiev, April 14. The placards read: "Avakov, which side are you on? Sort it out with separatists or go away!" 

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Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14.

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Deputies clash during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 8.

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Pro-Russian activists carry wood to a barricade erected in front of the security service building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on April 8.

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A masked armed man, representing Ukrainian special forces, stands guard outside the regional administration building in Kharkiv on April 8. Ukraine has launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

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A photo taken through a shattered window shows pro-Russian protesters and Ukrainian police officers in front of the Kharkiv regional state administration building on April 8. Some policemen were injured during an operation to free the administration building from pro-Russian separatists.

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Pro-Russian protesters, left, gather outside the regional administration building as Interior Ministry personnel stand guard nearby in Kharkiv, April 8.

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A woman reacts after receiving a Russian passport at the Russian federal migration service in the Crimean city of Simferopol on April 8.  

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Pro-Russia protesters  scuffle with police near the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on April 6.

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A pro-Russia protester holds up a shield while storming the regional government building in Donetsk on April 6.

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Pro-Russian protesters occupy a regional administration building in Donetsk on April 6. The protesters are calling for a referendum on the status of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, similar to the recently held referendum in Crimea

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Pro-Russia protesters attempt to enter through a broken window as they storm the regional government building in Donetsk on April 6.

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Pro-Russian protesters set up a barricade inside an occupied regional administration building in Donetsk on April 6.

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A police officer shouts as pro-Russia protesters storm the regional government building in Donetsk on April 6.

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Pro-Russian protesters set up a barricade near an occupied regional administration building in Donetsk on April 6.

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Members of pro-Russian self-defence units gather in the Crimean city of Simferopol on April 7.

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Pro-Russian protesters clash with police as they try to occupy a regional administration building in Donetsk on April 6.

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Moldovan youngsters, backdropped by European Union and Moldovan flags, burn digitally modified portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in Chisinau, Moldova, on April 6. Protesters condemned Russia's annexation of Crimea.

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Russian officers gesture to the driver of Russian tank T-72B at the Ostryakovo railway station not far from Simferopol, Crimea, March 31, 2014. Russian tanks T-72B will be stationed on former Ukrainian military bases.

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A woman walks along a railway crossing near Ukrainian tanks on freight cars, March 31, 2014. The tanks are going from Crimea to other regions of Ukraine in the settlement of Gvardeiskoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol.

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Russia's Black Sea fleet Missile Cruiser "Moskva" is anchored in one of the bays of Sevastopol, Crimea, March 31, 2014. In Moscow, the lower house of parliament voted unanimously Monday to annul agreements with Ukraine on Russia's navy base in Crimea. In 2010, Ukraine allowed Russia to extend the lease of the fleet's base until 2042 on an annual rent of $98 million and price discounts for Russian natural gas supplies.

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A man reacts as he visits the site of the recent clashes in Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

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Youth sit atop a Ukrainian military tank in Crimea on March 28, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has ordered the military hardware owned by Crimea-based Ukrainian military units who remain loyal to Ukraine to be handed over to Ukraine.

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A Russian national flag flies on a hilltop near the city of Bakhchysarai, Crimea, on March 28, 2014, where the Crimean Tatar Qurultay, a religious congress, will take place Saturday. The Crimean Tatar Qurultay will determine whether the Tatars will accept Russian citizenship and the political system that comes with it, or remain Ukrainian citizens on Russian soil.

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Delegates pray during the Kurultai, the assembly of Crimea Tatars, in Bakhchisaray March 29, 2014. The leader of Crimean Tatars proposed on Saturday that the 300,000-strong indigenous Muslim minority seek autonomy on the Black Sea peninsula annexed from Ukraine by Russia. Crimea's Tatars met in their historic capital to decide whether to hold a referendum among their people to determine their future. Such a vote would be a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin who incorporated the region into Russia after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine following the overthrow in February of Ukraine's pro-Russian president.

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Russian naval flags are seen on the Zaporizhzhia's former Ukrainian submarine, center,  moored between Russian submarines the Alrosa, left, and PZS-50 in the bay of the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 27, 2014. Ukraine's maritime forces have been severely diminished by the Russian intervention in Crimea. They lost 12 of their 17 warships to Moscow, including Ukraine's only Foxtrot-class diesel-electric submarine of the 1970s-era, the Zaporizhzhia, defence analysts Jane's said.

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Ukrainian servicemen hold their country's flag as they load their belongings onto a truck before leaving the Belbek airbase near Sevastopol, Crimea, on March 28, 2014.  Ukraine started withdrawing its troops and weapons from Crimea, now controlled by Russia. Russia's president says Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of military units in Crimea that stayed loyal to Ukraine.

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Members of the Crimean self-defense forces gather at Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin's statue in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 27, 2014, for their morning briefing prior to patrolling the city.

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A boy runs with a Russian national flag near the Crimean parliament in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 26, 2014.

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A member of a Ukrainian self-defense unit sits during a rally outside an office of Alfa bank in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 26, 2014. Participants demanded that people stop using Alfa bank, which has Russian ties, according to organizers.

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Ukrainian soldiers move their tanks from their base in Perevalnoe, outside Simferopol, Crimea, on March 26, 2014. Ukraine has started withdrawing its troops and weapons from Crimea, now controlled by Russia.

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Ukrainian girls take a picture of graffiti displaying the flags of Ukraine and Russia against a background in Simferopol, Crimea, March 25.

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A young couple watches at the town from a hill in Simferopol, Crimea, March 25. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have begun withdrawing from the Crimean Peninsula.

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Ukrainian marines prepare to leave their base in Feodosia, Crimea, March 25.

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A farm employee checks a load of seed barley during spring sowing on the Ternovskoye collective farm near the village of Trunovskoye, near Russia's southern city of Stavropol on March 25, 2014.  Most of the spring grain area in Crimea is unlikely to be sown this year due to a lack of fuel caused by turmoil in the region, Ukraine's agriculture minister, Ihor Shvaika, said on March 11.  

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Russian sailors aboard the ship Aleksandrovets in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on March 25, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Russia that it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action that destabilizes Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea. 

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Oleh Lyashko, a Ukrainian lawmaker who supported the protests that ousted Russian-leaning President Viktor Yanukovych and his government, looks at Russian positions through a pair of binoculars while visiting Ukrainian troops near Crimea on March 24, 2014. Ukraine's government ordered Ukrainian troops to pull back from Crimea as Russian forces stormed and seized bases on the peninsula.

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Crimean retirees line up to get their pensions in Russian rubles inside a post office in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 25, 2014. Crimean authorities began paying pensions in rubles following the Ukrainian region's annexation by Russia.

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A car with a Russian flag drives on a road outside of the Crimean port city of Feodosia on March 24, 2014. Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea after Russian forcesstormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula. 

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A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at a checkpoint near the town of Armyansk in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea on March 23, 2014. Russia's Defense Ministry said it was complying with international troop limits near its border with Ukraine after NATO's top military commander voiced concern over what he said was a large Russian force on Ukraine's eastern border.

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Pro-Ukrainian activists shout slogans during a rally in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv on March 23, 2014. Crimea's leader urged Russians across Ukraine to rise up against Kiev's rule and welcome Kremlin forces. The call came amid growing anxiety among Kiev's Western-backed rulers that Russian President Vladimir Putin will order an all-out attack on Ukraine after being hit by EU and U.S. sanctions.

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Crew members of the blockaded Ukrainian naval landing vessel Konstantin Olshansky come ashore after leaving the ship in Donuzlav bay in Crimea on March 23, 2014.

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Ukrainian riot police block the entrance to the regional administrative building during a pro-Russian rally in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on March 23, 2014. About 5,000 people demonstrated in favor of holding a referendum similar to Crimea’s on secession and absorption into Russia.

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Pro-Russian protesters rally in the center of the Ukrainian city of Odessa on March 23, 2014. Ukraine's Western-backed leaders voiced fears on Sunday of an imminent Russian invasion of the eastern industrial heartland following the fall of their last airbase in Crimea to Kremlin troops.

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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armored vehicle as they attempt to take over a military air base in the Crimean town of Belbek, near Sevastopol, on March 22. The base commander said he would be taken away by Russian forces for talks after they entered the base with armored vehicles and automatic rifles.

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Members of pro-Russian self-defense units run with other people outside a military base in the Crimean town of Belbek, near Sevastopol, on March 22. Russian troops had surrounded the base and issued an ultimatum to forces inside to surrender.

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Two lieutenants, Galina Volosyanchik and Ivan Benera, are welcomed by senior officers and comrades celebrating their wedding at the Belbek air base outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on March 22.

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Pro-Russian activists speak to police officers guarding the regional state administration building in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk during a rally Saturday.

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Ukrainian troops look out from a truck carrying provisions at a military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 21, 2014. Unlike the unmarked masked soldiers who first seized Crimea three weeks ago, Russian paratroopers strolling across a field near the peninsula's Perevalnoye military base, which they took over on Friday, wore their trademark blue berets and red star cockades.

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Ukrainian servicemen watch a TV broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law on ratification of a treaty making Crimea part of Russia, at a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean town of Belbek, March 21, 2014. Russia's upper house of parliament unanimously approved a treaty on annexing Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday, clearing the way for Putin to sign it into law.

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A Ukrainian soldier walks past Russian soldiers marching to their camp outside a military base in Perevalne, Crimea, March 21, 2014.

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Ukrainian Navy command ship Slavutych is blocked by two Russian ships at the Crimean port of Sevastopol, March 21, 2014.

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A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard at a checkpoint near the town of Armyansk in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea, March 21, 2014.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to members of the State Duma, the lower parliament chamber, prior to voting during a plenary session in Moscow, Russia, March 20, 2014.

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Members of the State Duma, the lower parliament chamber, stand and applaud their vote on Crimea during a plenary session in Moscow, Russia, March 20, 2014. The Kremlin-controlled State Duma voted Thursday to allow Crimea to join Russia following a quick discussion.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right; Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, front left; Crimean parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov, back, left; and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy shake hands after a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a statement in a live broadcast as a patron sits in a bar in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 18. Putin fiercely defended Russia's move to annex Crimea.

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People hold a Crimean flag in front of Lenin's statue in the center of Simferopol on March 18.

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Members of a "Maidan" self-defense battalion take part in a training at a Ukrainian Interior Ministry base near Kiev on March 17.

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Members of a "Maidan" self-defense battalion take part in weapons training at a Ukrainian Interior Ministry base near Kiev on March 17.

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A Ukrainian serviceman looks out from a checkpoint at the village of Salkovo in the Kherson region on March 17.

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A participant in a pro-Russian rally waves a Russian flag in front of a statue of Lenin in Simferopol on March 17.

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A demonstrator holds a placard and chants slogans against Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest against Russia's incursion into Crimea, outside a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on March 17.

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Pro-Russian supporters take part in a rally outside the regional administration office in Donetsk on March 17.

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member of a self-defense volunteer group is illuminated by light reflected in a nearby building as he and others line up before marching to the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 17.

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A man waves the Russian flag as the preliminary results of Sunday’s referendum were announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol on March 16.

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A man holds a ballot after casting a vote in favor of separation from Ukraine in the Crimean referendum in Simferopol on March 16.

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A Ukrainian Orthodox priest blesses volunteer self-defense members near Kiev's Independence Square on March 16.

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A boy stands in front of the Crimean parliament building on March 15, with members of Crimean self-defense units seen in the background, on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol.

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Armed men leave the Moscow Hotel in Simferopol on March 15.

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A Ukrainian army MI-24 military helicopter takes part in a military exercise near the village of Goncharivske on March 14.

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Civilians attend a swearing-in ceremony before joining the newly formed army of Crimea at a military base in Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 13.

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Bratislav Zivkovic, a member of a Serbian Chetnik paramilitary group, checks a passenger bus at a checkpoint on the highway between Simferopol and Sevastopol in the Crimean peninsula on March 13.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to the debate about the Ukrainian crisis at the German parliament in Berlin on March 13. Merkel warned Russia that if it continues its current course in the Ukraine crisis, it risks “massive” political and economic consequences.

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An armed man, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol, on March 13.

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Russiansin Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, carry flags and placards to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine on March 13.

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A huge canvas caricaturing Russian President Vladimir Putin was unveiled by the Dekomunizace civic association in Liberec, Czech Republic, on March 11.

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A woman holds a flyer that reads "Putin is Occupier" during a rally against the breakup of the country in Simferopol, Crimea, on March 11.

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Ukrainian soldiers stand on an armored personnel carrier at a checkpoint near the village of Salkovo, near the Crimea border on March 10.

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A woman walks by a poster on March 10 in Sevastopol calling for Crimean residents to vote in the upcoming referendum. The pro-Russian poster argues that Crimea must choose between Russia and fascism.

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A convoy of military vehicles bearing no license plates travels on the road from Sevastopol to Simferopol, Crimea, on March 10. Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday his country already feels like it's almost in a state of war after Russian forces took effective control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

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Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea's pro-Russian prime minister, stands as a member of a pro-Russian self-defense unit takes an oath to Crimea government in Simferopol on March 10.

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Ukrainian soldiers man a checkpoint near the village of Chongar, near Crimea on March 10.

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Members of a pro-Russian self-defense unit take an oath to the Crimea government in Simferopol.

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Children stand amongst people holding a rally to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in central Moscow March 10, 2014. The words above the portraits of Russia's President Vladimir Putin read, "Fatherland! Freedom!"

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A man pastes another poster (R) over one (L) calling for people to vote against fascism in an upcoming referendum in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 10, 2014.

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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base as a man from a Crimean self-defense unit (R) watches in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 10, 2014. Crimea's pro-Russian prime minister will give people living there the choice of taking Russian or Ukrainian passports if the Ukrainian territory becomes part of Russia in a March 16 referendum, RIA news agency reported on Monday.

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People hold a rally to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in central Moscow March 10, 2014. Russian forces consolidated their hold on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula on Monday, taking over a military hospital and a missile base as officials geared up for a referendum on the region's future.

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Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators react as an armored military vehicle, believed to be Russian, passes by outside the Crimean city of Simferopol March 10, 2014.

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Shadows and silhouettes of people are seen as they hold a rally to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in central Moscow March 10, 2014. The banner reads, "In Ukraine".

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Activists holding placards depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin as Adolf Hitler reading “Putler” and "hands off Ukraine" in front of the Ukrainian embassy during a solidarity demonstration for the Ukraine and protesting the buildup of Russia’s military presence in Crimea, in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, March 9, 2014.

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Pro-Russian supporters gather near a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye.

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Ukrainian riot police officers block pro-Russian supporters of activist Pavel Gubarev during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine.

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Members of Crimean self-defense units block a topless activist from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen taking part in an anti-war protest.
 

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Russian parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin, right, welcomes Crimea's Prime Minister Sergei Aksyono, center, in Moscow.

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Ukrainians pose with the country's flag during a rally against the breakup of the country.

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Cossacks stand guard near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol.

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President Obama said that a referendum for Ukraine's Crimea region to separate and become part of Russia would violate international law.

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An attack helicopter, believed to be Russian, flies over a Russian military base in Sevastopol.

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The Russian warship "Moskva" off the Black Sea shore in western Crimea, Ukraine.

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Local women watch armed men, believed to be Russian soldiers, assemble near a Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoe March 5, 2014. 

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A woman poses for a picture next to a member of the Crimean self-defense unit during a pro-Russian rally at the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol March 6, 2014.

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Members of Crimean self-defense units and Interior Ministry members block an activist from the Ukrainian feminist group Femen, who is taking part in an anti-war protest, near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol, March 6, 2014.

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A boy looks at uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, near a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, March 6, 2014.

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Ukrainian servicemen tend to a fire at an air base located in the village of Lyubimovka near Sevastopol, in Crimea, March 6, 2014.

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Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, March 5, 2014. The United States and Britain failed in an attempt to bring Russia and Ukraine together on Wednesday at a meeting in Paris of a group created to assure Kiev's security after it renounced nuclear weapons in the 1990s.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talks with reporters during an interview with the Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday March 5, 2014.

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A Ukrainian officer shows bullets found after Russian troops took control of Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile launchers positions, in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Ukraine's new prime minister said Wednesday that embattled Crimea must remain part of Ukraine, but may be granted more local powers. Since last weekend, Russian troops have taken control of much of the peninsula in the Black Sea, where Russian speakers are in the majority.

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Soviet-made anti-aircraft missile launchers sit at their positions at a Ukrainian military unit, which was taken by Russian troops, in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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Russian soldiers guard a pier where two Ukrainian naval ships are moored, in Sevastopol, Ukraine, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

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A member of the Ukrainian Navy stands guard on top of the Ukrainian navy command ship Slavutych at the Crimean port of Sevastopol March 5, 2014.

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Ukrainian Navy divers check their command ship Slavutych at the Crimean port of Sevastopol March 5, 2014.

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Ukrainian servicemen carry flags as they leave Belbek airport in the Crimea region March 4. A column of unarmed Ukrainian servicemen arrived at the base for negotiations with Russian troops on Tuesday, local media reported. 

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Russian troops, who had taken control over Belbek airbase, outside Sevastopol, Ukraine, fired warning shots in the air as Ukrainian officers marched towards them to demand their jobs back on Tuesday, March 4.

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Ukrainian recruits receive instructions from a commander in a recruitment self-defense quarter at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4.

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Russian military armored personnel carriers (APC) drive on the road from Sevastopol to Simferopol March 4.

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A masked man protects the entrance of a building transformed into a barracks n Kiev's Independence Square, Tuesday, March 4.

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Ukrainian seamen stand guard on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich at harbor of Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces that have overtaken Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the ship's crew surrender.

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People stand aboard Ukrainian navy vessel Ternopil as it stands at harbor in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014.  The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces that have overtaken Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the ship's crew surrender.

 

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People walk past a currency exchange office in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 3, 2014. Russia's markets have dropped about 10 percent and its currency has fallen to its lowest point ever against the dollar and the euro because of the crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Russia intervened over the weekend to take control of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula with strategic importance, and the new government in Kiev fears a wider invasion.

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A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia’s president Vladimir Putin showing his muscles and a bomb reading 'Crimea,' prior  to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Monday, March 3, 2014. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday.

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Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base.

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Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on the territory of their military unit located in the village of Lyubimovka near a local airfield, some 50 miles southwest of Simferopol, Crimea's capital March 3, 2014. Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

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Armed men take up positions and set up weaponry outside of the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 1. According to Ukraine government ministers, the groups that surrounded buildings and bases in the Crimea region were 6,000-strong and arrived from Russia heavily armed with automatic weapons and clad in unmarked military uniforms.

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Pro-Russian protesters with Russian flags take part in a rally in central Donetsk, March 1, 2014. The banner reads, "In Russia, we have brothers, In Europe, we are slaves".

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Armed men take up positions around the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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Pro-Russian protesters clash with a supporter of Ukraine's new government during a rally in central Donetsk, March 1, 2014.

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Armed men patrol in the centre of the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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People march on the street with a Russian flag in Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014.

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Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014.

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Unidentified fighter jets are seen at the Belbek Airport in the Crimea region, March 1, 2014.

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Armed men patrol as a man holds a Soviet Navy flag in the centre of the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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Pro-Russian volunteers conduct drills at a check point near Belbek Airport in the Crimea region, March 1, 2014.

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People march on the street with a giant Russian flag in Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava, March 1, 2014.

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A man holds a poster reading, "Crimea - Russia" during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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An armed man stands guard at the entrance to Belbek Airport in the Crimea region, March 1, 2014.

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Armed men take up positions around the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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A military truck drives out of Belbek Airport in the Crimea region, March 1, 2014.

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Armed men patrol near the regional parliament building in the Crimean city of Simferopol, March 1, 2014.

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People shout slogans during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, February 27, 2014.

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