Kiev orders troop pullout from Crimea

2014-03-24 14:48
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Kiev - Ukraine's acting president says the country's troops stationed in Crimea will be pulled from the region after it was annexed by Russia.

Oleksandr Turchnynov said on Monday that the defence ministry has been instructed to redeploy Ukrainian servicemen from the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine's mainland, in remarks confirmed by his office.

Russian troops stormed and seized one of the remaining Ukrainian military bases in the region, capturing two servicemen.

The new pro-Western government in Kiev has been criticized for its indecision with regard to Ukrainian troops in Crimea, who have been besieged by Russian forces for weeks.
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