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Ukraine tensions skyrocket; troops on high alert

Mar 02, 2014, 8:41 AM EST
Heavily-armed troops displaying no identifying insignia and who were mingling with local pro-Russian militants stand guard outside a local government building on March 2, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
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Sunday saw Ukraine's new government order its armed forces to a state of high readiness after the so-far bloodless seizure of the Crimea by Russian forces and the Russian parliament's grant of approval to a larger intervention. The crisis, which comes in the aftermath of the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovych, has stirred up a global controversy, with NATO decrying Russia's actions and all eyes on U.S. President Barack Obama as a potential counter-actor to Vladimir Putin. 

Background:

Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' [Reuters]

Nation of 'brink of national disaster': new P.M. [USA Today]

Putin threat seen leaving west with few good options [Bloomberg]

Duma cites humanitarian purpose for any Russian intervention [ITAR-TASS]

 

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