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Lavrov calls for 'de-escalation of rhetoric' over Ukraine

Russian troops near the Ukrainian border will return to its permanent bases after completing its military exercises, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, calling for a "de-escalation" of rhetoric.

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Ukrainian servicemen leave navy HQ in Crimea unarmed

Around a dozen Ukrainian servicemen walked unarmed out of a naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol today.

A Ukrainian naval officer (C) passes by armed men, believed to be Russian troops, as he leaves the navy HQ in Sevastopol today

Three Russian flags were flying at one of the entrances, suggesting that at least some of the base was under the control of pro-Russian forces.

A Ukrainian naval officer (C) passes by armed men, believed to be Russian troops, as he leaves the navy HQ in Sevastopol today

Several unarmed members of so-called "self-defence" units, made up of volunteers who have supported Russia's annexation of Crimea, were also seen in the area.

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