As Russia Annexes Crimea, Ukraine Seeks Peaceful End To Crisis

Hosts Renee Montagne and David Greene report on Russia's annexation of Crimea and a shooting between Russian and Ukrainian forces on the contested peninsula.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Russia may have taken Crimea out of Ukraine, but it hasn't quite taken Ukraine out of Crimea. For one thing, there are still Ukrainian troops there and Russia wants them gone.

GREENE: Today Russian backed forces stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in Ukrain's main Black Sea port. And apparently without a shot being fired, the Russian flag is now flying there.

MONTAGNE: Yesterday one Ukrainian soldier was killed in a more violent takeover of another military base.

GREENE: Even though Russia is moving quickly to formally annex Crimea, the Ukraine says there are no plans to withdraw its troops from the region. And today the new prime minister (technical difficulties) to deal with the situation.

MONTAGNE: To which the new (technical difficulties) Crimea said (technical difficulties) officials will be turned back.

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