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Crimea remains calm despite Russian troop presence

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 01:18

March 2 - All eyes rest on Ukraine's Crimea territory, where Russian troops remain on patrol in what has quickly escalated into an international crisis. Nathan Frandino reports.

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A calm morning in Ukraine's Crimea territory. As pedestrians go about their normal business in Simferopol, pro-Russia militia members remain on guard in the city's squares. One resident hopes the conflict, which centers on the geo-political future of the mainly Russian-speaking region, does not turn violent. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SIMFEROPOL RESIDENT, MOHAMED, SAYING: "I don't know what will happen, but I want peace, everything to be resolved peacefully and for democratic elections, that's it." The streets were mostly empty of the Russian troops that catapulted the area into the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War. Overnight, about 300 Russian-speaking troops in armored vehicles with black Russian license plates arrived outside Sevastopol. Supporters greeted the troops, singing songs glorifying Sevastopol as the pride of the Russian navy. On Sunday, one resident said there's no need for military intervention. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SIMFEROPOL RESIDENT, NATALIA, SAYING: "Why war? Here there are Crimeans, they speak Russian, we want to join Russia. That's why I don't see anything wrong here." Ukraine's new government has warned of war and put its troops on high combat alert.

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Crimea remains calm despite Russian troop presence

Sunday, March 02, 2014 - 01:18