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2 Crimea bases fall to Russians without a fight

Monitors sent to Ukraine

Posted: March 23, 2014 at 5:38 a.m.

Pro-Russian militia members evacuate a woman Saturday from near the Belbek military base outside Sevastopol in Crimea, as Russian troops moved in to take over the facility.

Russian forces in armored vehicles on Saturday smashed through the gates of one of the last military bases in Crimea still controlled by Ukrainians, firing shots into the air, surrounding the soldiers and demanding their surrender.

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A Ukrainian serviceman opens a gate Saturday at a military base in Crimea, as a pro-Russia soldier stands in front of an armo... (By: VADIM GHIRDA) (Credit: AP)

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