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While Ukraine’s interim President Oleksandr Turchynov and the Defense Ministry said that orders have been given to evacuate some 25,000 military personnel from Crimea, it still remains unclear where they will be deployed on the mainland and where their families will be moved.

The fate of several high-level military commanders detained by Russian forces and whether soldiers will be able to honorably surrender by carrying firearms also remains an unanswered question.

Vladyslav Seleznyov, Ministry of Defense press secretary in Crimea, said by telephone that he is not authorized to give an account of how many military personnel were stationed in Crimea before the Russian invasion that started on Feb. 26-27 and how many would be re-deployed to the mainland.

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