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Tensions on Ukraine-Russia border as Moscow readies to annex Crimea

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Tensions on Ukraine-Russia border as Moscow readies to annex Crimea

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Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, has overwhelmingly approved a treaty to annex Crimea from Ukraine.

On March 21, the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, will hold a similar vote – completing the ratification process of a treaty already signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern region of Donetsk have been consolidating their base near Andriivka, some 50 kilometres from the Russian border.

In Crimea itself, pro-Russian troops have taken over three Ukrainian warships in Sevastopol, according to the Ukrainian navy.