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  • Pro-Russian soldiers block the Ukrainian naval base in the village of Novoozerne, some 91 km west of Crimean capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday, March 3, 2014. Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Sevastopol's harbor must surrender. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    A look at Russian, Ukrainian militaries

    Russia has effectively seized control of Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula without firing a shot, but many in Ukraine and elsewhere fear the Kremlin might follow up by sending troops into Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine. Such a move could trigger open hostilities between the Russian and Ukrainian militaries. Here's a look at the two forces:


  • Unidentified gunmen stand outside entrance to the General Staff Headquarters of the Ukrainian Navy in Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014. Pro-Russian soldiers seem to further cement their control over the strategic region, that also houses the Russian Black Sea Fleet, by seizing a ferry terminal in the Ukrainian city of Kerch about 20 kilometers (12 miles) by boat to Russia, intensifying fears that Moscow will send even more troops into the peninsula.  (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

    Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets.


  • Pentagon suspends military engagements with Russia

    The Pentagon says it is suspending exercises and other activities with the Russian military, in light of Moscow's military involvement in Ukraine.


  • Adm. Cecil E.D. Haney, nominated to be commander of U.S. Strategic Command, says he opposes further cuts in the U.S. strategic arsenal, as proposed by President Obama, unless they are carried out with Russia. (Associated Press)

    Inside the Ring: Russia boosts Cuba ties

    The Russian military recently dispatched a guided-missile warship to Cuba as part of what U.S. officials say are growing military, intelligence and economic ties between Moscow and Havana.


  • ** FILE ** Russian President Vladimir (Associated Press)

    Putin's power play: Russia building up missile systems while seeking to limit U.S. defenses

    Russia is engaged in a major buildup of both nuclear and conventional missile defense systems at the same time Moscow is seeking legal limits on U.S. missile defenses, according to U.S. officials.


  • A Russian Tu-95 bomber, surrounded by MiG-29s, participates in an air show marking 95th anniversary of the Russian air forces in August 2007. Coupled with newer long-range missiles, the slower but larger bombers are set to play a role in a modern military. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

    Russian bombers buzz U.S. territory — again

    Russian strategic bombers conducted flights near the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week, Moscow's latest incident of nuclear saber-rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.


  • **FILE** Moscow region governor Sergei Shoigu (right) and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov arrive June 26, 2012, at the village of Petrovskopye, Moscow, for a meeting on the transferal of some of the military assets into civilian hands. (Associated Press/RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press service)

    Intrigue swirls around Russia defense chief's fall

    Vladimir Putin fired his powerful defense chief over a corruption scandal Tuesday, but a heady mix of sex, power struggles and military vendettas dominated talk in Russia about what was really behind the downfall of the man who has overseen the nation's most radical defense reform in decades.


  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (center) chairs a Security Council meeting in the Gorki residence outside Moscow on Nov. 23, 2011. From left is Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

    Medvedev: Russian military to sharply reduce draft

    The Russian military will rely increasingly on volunteer soldiers and sharply reduce the number of draftees, President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.


  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-il (second right) steps down from his armored train upon his arrival at the Bureya railway station in eastern Siberia on Sunday. Mr. Kim crossed into Russia on his armored train Saturday at the invitation of President Dmitry Medvedev. The two leaders are expected to meet later in the week to discuss the restart of nuclear-disarmament talks and the construction of a pipeline that would stream Russian natural gas to North and South Korea. (Associated Press)

    North Korea signals readiness to restart 6-nation disarmament talks

    Russian military officers flew to North Korea for talks about renewing military ties on Monday as North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's armored train rolled through the resource-rich far east of Russia on his secretive journey to a summit with President Dmitry Medvedev.


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