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On Full Alert, Ukraine Plans Military Evacuation of Crimea



KIEV, Ukraine — Faced with unrelenting pressure to surrender, Ukraine began to withdraw its military from the breakaway territory of Crimea, a day after Russia President Vladimir Putin formalized the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula and after a Ukraine soldier was killed in by pro-Russian militiamen in Simferopol, one of Crimea’s main cities

The death marked the first bloodshed since Russian occupation began on Feb. 27. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry in Kiev issued a statement on Tuesday saying its troops had been authorized to fire their weapons to defend themselves following the incident, but had not yet done so on Wednesday. Read more…

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