Ukrainian seamen, who served at the command and control ship Slavutich, leave the port in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
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Kiev braced for a unity rally on Sunday after elite Russian forces stormed one of Ukraine's last Crimean bases in a march that has defied both sanctions and global isolation.Saturday's takeover involving machinegun fire into the air and stun grenades provided the most spectacular show of force since the Kremlin sent troops into the heavily Russified peninsula three weeks ago before sealing its absorbtion on Friday.Crimea's rebel authorities estimate they together with the Kremlin's forces control at least half of Ukraine's bases on the Black Sea peninsula and about a third of its functioning naval vessels.Ukraine's defence ministry later confirmed its men had left the base and said a journalist and a Ukrainian soldier had been wounded.Yatsenyuk said he and Steinmeier had discussed "military and technological cooperation assistance" for Ukraine's vastly underfinanced and outdated force of 130,000 soldiers -- a fraction of Russia's 845,000 troops.Both the United States and Europe have thus far limited their retaliation against Putin to targeted travel and financial sanctions that concern officials but do not impact the broader Russian economy.
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