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Ukraine to withdraw troops from Crimea

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Ukraine to withdraw troops from Crimea after being forced out of its own naval HQ by masked Russian soldiers

  • Crimea’s self defence forces stormed Ukraine naval base in Sevastopol
  • Russian flags are now flying outside one of the base entrances
  • Ukrainian soldiers were seen leaving the base with their belongings
  • Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into its territory
  • Ukraine now plans to relocate armed forces to the mainland
  • It comes after a Ukrainian serviceman was shot dead at a military base in Simferopol, Crimea
  • A local self-defence brigade member was also reportedly dead killed
  • Pro-Russian self-defence members surrounded the base, threatening to break in over the death
  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will meet Putin in Russia on Thursday before heading to Kiev for peace talks
  • Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko plans to return to Kiev

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Ukraine tonight announced plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea after masked Russian-speaking soldiers backed by unarmed volunteers took control of its naval base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol this morning.

Several hundred so-called Crimea self-defence soldiers – consisting mainly of unarmed volunteers – took down the gate alongside armed troops and made their way onto the headquarters’ premises where they raised the Russian flag.

Shortly after the incident, Ukraine’s acting Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh said in Kiev that the country’s forces would not withdraw from Crimea despite President Vladimir Putin signing a treaty to make it part of Russia.

But an hour later, Ukrainian servicemen, unarmed and in civilian clothing, began walking out of the headquarters. This evening Ukraine announced plans to withdraw troops from Crimea.
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