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Pro-Russian crowds seize two Ukrainian warships

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KIEV, Ukraine — Pro-Russian crowds seized two Ukrainian warships today and Ukraine said its troops were being threatened in Crimea as the European Union considered new sanctions against Russia for its annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

Tensions in the region remained high despite the release of a Ukrainian naval commander held by pro-Russian forces.

Shots were fired but there were no casualties as the Ukrainian corvette Khmelnitsky was seized in Sevastopol.

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