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Russia test-fires missile as Putin vows force is 'last resort'

Russia has test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile in a pre-arranged move as tension mounts over Ukraine's Crimea region. Vladimir Putin said there was no need to use military force in Crimea, but it would only be used as a "last resort".

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US received proper notification of Russian missile test

The United States received proper Russian notification ahead of its Intercontinental Ballistic Missile test-fire in line with a nuclear arms treaty between the two countries, a US official has said.

Russia notified the US of its plans before the crisis in the Crimea region began, the official, who wanted to remain anonymous, added.

Ukrainian and Russian troops were involved in a tense stand-off today after Ukrainian soldiers approached during a tense stand-off at a seized Belbeck air base in the Crimea region.

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