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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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Ukraine forces given orders to withdraw from Crimea

The comments from Mr Turchinov, seen in combat fatigues earlier this month, came after Russian troops took over a marine base in Feodosia. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine's defence ministry has been given orders to withdraw all its forces from Crimea, acting Ukrainian president Oleksander Turchinov has said.

Mr Turchinov said the decision was taken because of Russian military threats to lives and the health of Ukrainian servicemen and their families.

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