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Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told his parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is set to be moving forward with annexing Crimea into Russia.

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US 'reviewing' Ukraine request for military aid

A Ukrainian serviceman stands on guard at a checkpoint at the village of Salkovo in the Kherson region. Credit: Reuters/Valentyn Ogirenk

The White House has said it is "reviewing" a request from the Ukrainian interim government for military aid, but maintains that the US focus remains on using diplomacy to get Russia to de-escalate the Crimean situation.

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