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The New York Times: Crimea’s leader moves to cement control over region

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March 1, 2014, 12:07 p.m. | Ukraine — by New York Times

Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksenov
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The newly installed, pro-Russia prime minister of Crimea declared on Saturday that he had sole control over the military and the police in the disputed peninsula and he appealed to President Vladimir Putin of Russia for help in safeguarding the region. Ukraine’s government accused Russian armed forces on Friday of taking up positions in Crimea, an autonomous republic on the Black Sea, in what Ukrainian officials said was an invasion and a violation of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. President Obama on Friday warned Russia against military intervention. 

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