Putin: Russian military force only 'last resort' in Ukraine

Mar 04, 2014, 10:39 AM EST
Colonel Yuli Mamchor (C), commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase, leads his unarmed troops bearing the Ukrainian and regiment flags to retake the Belbek airfield from soldiers under Russian command in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need yet to send Russian troops into Ukraine, but he has not ruled out doing so. Russia reserves the right to use "all means" to protect citizens in Ukraine, he told a news conference. Russian and Ukrainian troops in Crimea are involved in a tense stand-off. Mr Putin called the toppling of President Viktor Yanukovych in the capital Kiev an "anti-constitutional coup and armed seizure of power."

Putin: Russia force only 'last resort' in Ukraine [BBC]

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Putin orders troops in military exercise back to base [Reuters]