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Russian forces flex muscles in Crimea

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SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — Masked Russian-speaking troops seized control of Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea today after it was stormed by militiamen. Pro-Moscow Crimean authorities also detained the Ukrainian navy commander and reportedly blocked the defense minister and another government official from traveling to the peninsula to try to defuse tensions.

Ukraine’s military, which is heavily outnumbered in Crimea, has come under increased pressure since the region was nominally incorporated into Russia on Tuesday.

The several hundred militiamen who captured the…

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