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Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St. George's Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine  in central Moscow, on March 10, 2014. Ukraine sought today urgent Western backing after Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted that Crimea had the right to join his country even while hinting at a readiness for dialogue.

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Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.

Ukrainian recruits line up as they receive military instructions from a commander in a recruitment self defense quarter at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow fired warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers 

Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol...Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

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Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the west since the Cold War 

Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks on as she stands outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, on February 24, 2014, during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow's on Bolotnaya square turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012. A Russian court resumed today the sentencing of the eight anti-Putin protesters found guilty of mass riots as police detained dozens of people protesting against the trial.

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Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova looks on as she stands outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow on Monday during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president in 2012.

Russian women enjoy a skating rink along a boulevard, one of them with a baby carriage in Moscow's Sokolniki Park, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.  The temperature in Moscow is minus 15 Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

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Russian women skating along a frozen boulevard in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park, Russia. The temperature in Moscow hit minus 15 degrees centigrade on Thursday

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, on December 12, 2013, to deliver an annual state of the nation address.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin enters is at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, to deliver the annual state of the nation address

Bazarova and Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating program at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Moscow

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Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia perform during the pairs short skating programme at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup, in Moscow on Friday

Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square in front of a backdrop of St. Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Thousands of Russian soldiers and military cadets marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic World War II parade. The show honored the participants of the Nov. 7, 1941 parade who headed directly to the front lines to defend Moscow from the Nazi forces. The parade Thursday involved about 6,000 people, many of them dressed in World War II-era uniforms.

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Russian soldiers dressed in Red Army second world war uniforms prepare to parade in Red Square against a backdrop of St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday. The soldiers marched across Red Square to mark the 72nd anniversary of a historic second world war parade.

Russian soldiers wearing WWII-era white winter camouflage smocks, holding skis and carrying Mosin rifles stand at Red Square in Moscow, during a rehearsal of the upcoming military parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the November 7, 1941, parade, when Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and then went directly to the front line to fight the German army which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

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Russian soldiers in second world war-era winter camouflage smocks carry skis and rifles in Red Square, Moscow, during a rehearsal for the forthcoming military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the November 7 1941 parade. Then, Red Army troops marched past the Kremlin and continued directly to the front line to fight the German army, which was at the gates of the Russian capital.

Nationalist demonstrator wears a masks as others carry a banner reading "Today a Mosque - tomorrow Jihad" at left,  during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied Monday in Moscow, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs. The protest took place on the national holiday of Unity Day, established in 2005 to replace commemorations of the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Nationalist demonstrator wears a mask as others carry a banner reading ‘Today a Mosque – tomorrow Jihad’, during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow on Monday, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.