A Ukrainian soldier pets a dog at the Belbek air force base not far from the city of Sevastopol, in Crimea, on March 21, 2014. Surly and dejected, many Ukrainian soldiers at the Perevalne base in Crimea deserted their posts today, crossing groups of buoyant Russian soldiers moving in -- but 200 were said to be resisting. Overwhelmed by superior force and on the day Russia formally claimed the Black Sea peninsula as its territory, the biggest base still holding out against a creeping month-long invasion was slowly giving up. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV
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