File - Despite a partial lifting of the siege until Friday, Russian soldiers are still patrolling around the base in Perevalne.
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Russian soldiers dig trenches and set up mortars on a hillside overlooking the Ukrainian military base of Perevalne in Crimea.The bases have been under siege since February from pro-Russian civilians and thousands of Russian soldiers without national insignia.Thousands of Ukrainian military are based on the peninsula – Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday estimated their number at 22,000 – and have been forced to watch listlessly as Russian forces cement their siege.Three Ukrainian soldiers observed the scene.In Sevastopol and Simferopol, special offices have been set up inside the recruitment centers of the Ukrainian army – now under Crimean control – for the soldiers and sailors of Kiev who want to defect.
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