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Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control

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A Ukrainian serviceman (R, front) talks to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, who stand guard at a military airbase, in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A Ukrainian serviceman (R, front) talks to armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, who stand guard at a military airbase, in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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VASILY FEDOSENKO

Colonel Yuliy Mamchur (C), the commander of a Ukrainian air base, is seen in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Colonel Yuliy Mamchur (C), the commander of a Ukrainian air base, is seen in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 21, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard, with Ukrainian servicemen seen in the foreground, at a military airbase, in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard, with Ukrainian servicemen seen in the foreground, at a military airbase, in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd L) pays his respects to victims of recent violence at a makeshift memorial in Kiev in this March 22, 2014 handout photograph. REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2nd L) pays his respects to victims of recent violence at a makeshift memorial in Kiev in this March 22, 2014 handout photograph. REUTERS/Eskinder Debebe/United Nations/Handout via Reuters
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Members of pro-Russian self-defence units move in the direction of a military airbase as they attempt to take over in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Members of pro-Russian self-defence units move in the direction of a military airbase as they attempt to take over in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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An armoured vehicle and armed people are seen in the territory of a military base after an assault of pro-Russian forces in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An armoured vehicle and armed people are seen in the territory of a military base after an assault of pro-Russian forces in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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SHAMIL ZHUMATOV

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, take cover behind an armoured vehicle as they attempt to take over a military airbase in the Crimean town of Belbek near Sevastopol March 22, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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