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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ukraine Abandons Its Military Bases in Crimea -- Military Personnel and Their Families Would Move to Mainland Ukraine -- By Philip Shishkin and James Marson, The Wall Street Journal

Ukraine is preparing to pull its remaining military personnel and their families from the breakaway region of Crimea, effectively conceding defeat after Russia said it would annex the strategic peninsula.

The diplomatic fallout threatened to spill into other hot spots as well, as Russia warned for the first time Wednesday that multiparty talks over Iran's nuclear program could be jeopardized by the growing East-West divide.

Tension in Crimea mounted as Russia's parliament moved to complete legislation to formally absorb the region, despite Western sanctions against a short list of Kremlin advisers and Crimean officials behind the secession push. 

But President Barack Obama, who along with Europe has threatened additional sanctions, made clear that he doesn't want to go to war over Crimea.

"We are not going to be getting into a military excursion in Ukraine," Mr. Obama said in an interview with a local NBC station in San Diego. "What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we've got a strong international coalition that sends a clear message."

Moscow, however, gave no sign of backing away from the defiant stance outlined by President Vladimir Putin's defiant speech a day earlier. 

The announcement in Kiev of a possible evacuation from Crimea came after pro-Russian forces early Wednesday took over Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol and detained the base's commander.
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