A police officer detains a protester in central Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, March 2, 2014, during an unsanctioned rally against the Russia's military actions in Crimea. (AFP PHOTO / DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV)
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Russia launched an all-out propaganda campaign Sunday to whip up support for possible military action in Ukraine, as state media and ruling party officials claimed armed marauders were terrorizing the ex-Soviet nation.In a surprise move, Russian television even announced it was canceling live footage of the Oscars show to concentrate on Ukraine coverage.The same channel interviewed the governor of the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, who warned that "crowds of armed people" were on the move and Saturday tried to block a highway to Crimea.In an embarrassing blooper Sunday, Channel One illustrated a story on thousands of Ukrainians seeking shelter in Russia – as Russian officials have claimed – with footage of cars queuing to cross into Poland.Top Russian lawmakers Sunday reassured the public, stressing national unity backing Putin.
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