Ukrainians pitch next premier

Protesters back lawmaker; Russia drills troops near border

Posted: February 27, 2014 at 5:17 a.m.

Crimean Tatars overwhelm a police officer Wednesday in Simferopol in Crimea as about 20,000 Muslim Tatar supporters of the interim Ukraine government clashed with a smaller group of pro-Russian ralliers.

Leaders of Ukraine’s protest movement on Wednesday proposed a top legislator as the country’s next prime minister, while Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border.

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