Armed Crimean self-defense forces stand outside the Training Centre of the Naval Forces of Ukraine, while taking control of the centre in Sevastopol, Crimea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
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The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, with the U.S. and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Russian military moved swiftly to neutralize any threat of armed resistance in Crimea.Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov said the commander of the Ukrainian navy, Admiral Serhiy Haiduk, was driven away by what appeared to be Russian special forces.Russian troops seized another Ukrainian naval facility in Crimea late Wednesday. Ukrainian security chief Andriy Parubiy said the Kiev government would urge the United Nations to declare Crimea a demilitarized zone.
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