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Ukrainian border guards stand at a checkpoint at the border with Moldova breakaway Transnistria region, near Odessa March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin

Ukrainian border guards stand at a checkpoint at the border with Moldova breakaway Transnistria region, near Odessa March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin

Ukrainian border guards stand at a checkpoint at the border with Moldova breakaway Transnistria region, near Odessa March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin
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A truck drives through a checkpoint with a local self-defense unit on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A truck drives through a checkpoint with a local self-defense unit on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A truck drives through a checkpoint with a local self-defense unit on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A member of a local self-defense unit mans a checkpoint on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A member of a local self-defense unit mans a checkpoint on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A member of a local self-defense unit mans a checkpoint on the highway between Kherson and Simferopol in the town of Tsyurupinsk, Ukraine's region adjacent to Crimea, March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Speakers and spectators carry flags and placards during a meeting to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in the centre of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 13, 2014. About 5500 people took part in the meeting organised by the regional Council of veterans of WW2 and regional branch of the Russian Union of veterans of Afghanistan, according to local police and media. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

Speakers and spectators carry flags and placards during a meeting to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in the centre of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 13, 2014. About 5500 people took part in the meeting organised by...more

Speakers and spectators carry flags and placards during a meeting to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in the centre of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk March 13, 2014. About 5500 people took part in the meeting organised by the regional Council of veterans of WW2 and regional branch of the Russian Union of veterans of Afghanistan, according to local police and media. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
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Women with their mouths taped over attend a pro-Ukraine rally in Simferopol March 13, 2014. Ahead of a referendum on Sunday when this Ukrainian region votes to decide whether to come under Moscow's rule, thousands of masked Russian troops have fanned out across the Crimea peninsula. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Women with their mouths taped over attend a pro-Ukraine rally in Simferopol March 13, 2014. Ahead of a referendum on Sunday when this Ukrainian region votes to decide whether to come under Moscow's rule, thousands of masked Russian troops have fanned...more

Women with their mouths taped over attend a pro-Ukraine rally in Simferopol March 13, 2014. Ahead of a referendum on Sunday when this Ukrainian region votes to decide whether to come under Moscow's rule, thousands of masked Russian troops have fanned out across the Crimea peninsula. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Participants hold flags and banners in support of a referendum in Crimea during a rally in the Siberian city of Barnaul March 13, 2014. The European Union agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the drive to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea. The banner reads, "Crimea, come home". REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin

Participants hold flags and banners in support of a referendum in Crimea during a rally in the Siberian city of Barnaul March 13, 2014. The European Union agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a...more

Participants hold flags and banners in support of a referendum in Crimea during a rally in the Siberian city of Barnaul March 13, 2014. The European Union agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the drive to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea. The banner reads, "Crimea, come home". REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin
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An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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A Ukrainian serviceman closes a gate as an armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

A Ukrainian serviceman closes a gate as an armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

A Ukrainian serviceman closes a gate as an armed man, believed to be Russian serviceman, stands guard outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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A poster of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is seen outside a demonstration in support of Ukraine outside the United Nations headquarters in New York March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A poster of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is seen outside a demonstration in support of Ukraine outside the United Nations headquarters in New York March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A poster of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is seen outside a demonstration in support of Ukraine outside the United Nations headquarters in New York March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Ukrainian servicemen (L) talk to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, at Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Ukrainian servicemen (L) talk to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, at Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Ukrainian servicemen (L) talk to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, at Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 13, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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