Ukrainian Navy sailors look at Russian Navy ships docked in Sevastopol bay on March 4, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEV)
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Ukraine said on Tuesday that observers from a pan-European security body would travel at its invitation to the Crimea region, where Russian forces have taken control, in an attempt to defuse a military standoff.President Vladimir Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base on Tuesday and called any use off force in Ukraine a last resort, helping to ease East-West tension over fears of war.The OSCE, a pan-European forum for security issues that was set up during the Cold War, is also trying to put together a "contact group" of leading players in the Ukraine drama and to arrange a broader monitoring mission for Ukraine.Such a mission would require a consensus decision, meaning Russia's support would be needed.
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