A Pro-Russian protester holds a placard reading "Referendum!" during a rally in the center of the Ukrainian city of Odessa on March 23, 2014.(AFP PHOTO/ ALEXEY KRAVTSOV)
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NATO's top military commander said Sunday Russia had built up a "very sizable" force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet Republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.Russia was acting more like an adversary than a partner, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said, and the 28-nation alliance should rethink the positioning and readiness of its forces in eastern Europe.It has called the soldiers who took over Ukrainian bases in Crimea "self-defense forces".Ukrainian marine standards were still flying Sunday alongside the Russian flag at the Crimean base of Ukraine's top military unit in Fedosiya, but the Ukrainian troops were getting ready to leave after the Russian military takeoverRussia has 440 peacekeepers in Transdniestria plus other soldiers guarding Soviet-era arms stocks.Russia launched a new military exercise, involving 8,500 artillery men, near Ukraine's eastern border 10 days ago.
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