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A Ukrainian soldier closes the naval base headquarter gate in the town of Novo-Ozerne. For years, the little Crimean town was closed off from the rest of the world, a secretive community, at the edge of a key Soviet naval base, sealed by roadblocks and armed guards. The little forgotten town is now sharply divided, torn between those who welcomed the arrival here over the weekend of dozens of Russian soldiers wearing unmarked uniforms, and those who back the Ukrainians and are refusing to surrender their weapons.

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Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

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