Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea




 
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Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea
 
March 24th, 2014  
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Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea
By Aleksandar Vasovic and Gabriela Baczynska FEODOSIA/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea on Monday, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been besieged on bases in Crimea, offering no armed resistance but refusing to surrender, since President Vladimir Putin declared Moscow's right to intervene at the start of the month. Moscow formally annexed the region last week and its forces have been seizing the last Ukrainian bases in recent days. "The National Defence and Security Council has instructed the Defence Ministry to carry out a re-deployment of military units in Crimea and evacuate their families," acting president Oleksander Turchinov told parliament in Kiev.




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