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Ukraine's defense minister: Russia must leave Ukraine; 40,000 volunteers have signed up to fight

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March 16, 2014, 1 p.m. | Ukraine — by Helen Mukhina

Olexander Turchynov, speaker of the Ukrainian parliament and interim Ukrainian president (L), and Ukrainian Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh attend a military drill not far from the small city of Goncharovskoye, some 150 km from Kiev, on March 14, 2014. Russia on March 14 declared it reserved the right to protect compatriots in the whole of Ukraine, seen as a threat that Moscow could move its forces beyond the Russian-speaking peninsula of Crimea. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
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Helen Mukhina

Helen Mukhina is a native of Kyiv and a part-time Kyiv Post staff member. She graduated from Kyiv National Linguistic University in 2010 and knows Ukrainian, Russian and English. She worked as a guide for American army soldiers who studied the Russian language in Kyiv and has three years of experience in journalism.

 Editor's Note: The following is an English-language translation of a small excerpt from Interfax-Ukraine news service's interview with Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh on March 16.

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