Ukrainian soldiers guard a gate of an infantry base in Privolnoye, Ukraine, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Ukraine mobilized for war Sunday as U.S. officials announced that Russian forces completely controlled the Crimean peninsula in one of the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.Russian President Vladimir Putin secured permission from his Parliament Saturday to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine and told U.S. President Barack Obama he had the right to defend Russian interests and nationals, spurning Western pleas not to intervene. On Sunday, Russian forces surrounded several small Ukrainian military outposts there and demanded the Ukrainian troops disarm.Russia has staged war games with 150,000 troops along the land border, but so far they have not crossed.Putin has defied calls to pull back his troops, insisting that Russia has a right to protect its interests and those of Russian-speakers in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine.A Ukrainian security official said the head of the country's navy – Adm. Denis Berezovsky – had been dismissed and faces a treason investigation after declaring allegiance to the pro-Russian government of the Crimea region and offering no resistance to the Russian troops.
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