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Russian military seizes Crimea

Ukraine’s president tells troops to be at the ready

Posted: March 2, 2014 at 4:10 a.m.

A Ukrainian man stands in protest in front of gunmen in unmarked uniforms as they stand guard in Balaklava, on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014. An emblem on one of the vehicles and their number plates identify them as belonging to the Russian military. Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of sending new troops into Crimea, a strategic Russia-speaking region that hosts a major Russian navy base. The Kremlin hasnt responded to the accusations, but Russian lawmakers urged Putin to act to protect Russians in Crimea. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian troops took over the strategic Crimean Peninsula on Saturday without firing a shot.

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