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Standoff continues in Sevastopol as Putin defends intervention

Putin holds a news conference Tuesday. (Reuters/Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said that Russia reserved the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine and that the armed men seen in Crimea weren’t Russian. He also ordered troops conducting military exercises near Ukraine to return to their bases, according to Russian news agencies.

But armed forces were still in Crimea; William Booth shows us what he’s seeing in Sevastopol.





Anne Gearan is in Kiev with Secretary of State John Kerry, who Tuesday pledged $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to the government there.



What to read:
Karen DeYoung on the Cold War shadows looming over the crisis
Adam Taylor explains why the Ukrainian military might not be so easy to crush
And Ed O’Keefe looks at what Congress might do for Ukraine

Terri Rupar is The Post's national digital projects editor.

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