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Gunmen Have Taken Over Gov. Buildings in Ukraine’s Crimea Region

Even after President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster following weeks of deadly protest, the situation in Ukraine still appears to be unstable. According to reports, gunmen have taken over several government buildings in the Crimea region, raising the Russian flag. The country’s new leaders are a result of protests demanding pro-Western reforms in the Ukraine and a loosening of its strong ties with Russia. This week, Yanukovych—who is believed to now be in Russia—issued a statement saying that he is still the country’s president and that current action by the parliament and the “extremists” who have taken over are illegitimate. The siege of the government buildings in Crimea comes just days after the Russian military ordered large exercises close to their border with Ukraine, in what officials called a show of “combat readiness” …

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