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Pro and anti-Russian protesters have clashed in the Ukraine region of Crimea, as the Russian president ordered battle-readiness checks on his armed forces stationed near the nations' borders.
Scuffles broke out outside the Crimea regional parliament on Wednesday between thousands of pro-Russia separatists and supporters of Ukraine's new leaders as regional politicians prepared to debate the removal of the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich from the presidency.
They came as the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, separately issued previously unannounced battle tests for army, navy and airforce troops based in Russia's western military district, a vast territory bordering Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic states, Finland and the Arctic.
Russia's defence ministry was later reported by Reuters to have said it was taking measures to ensure the security of its facilities and arsenals of its Ukraine-based Black Sea naval fleet.
reply to post by daaskapital
Ukraine is it's own country, the Russians have repeatedly said they would not intervene
""We will not allow Europe and the US to take Ukraine from us," a foreign policy official said. The states of the former Soviet Union, we are one family. They think Russia is still as weak as in the early 1990s but we are not."
Secondly Ukrainian army is also not a weak one. Second largest in Europe.
reply to post by Rodinus
Yes you are correct, but I remember hearing that on TV, maybe the meant in size not strength, because size does not always equal strength.