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PUTIN’S MIXED MESSAGES ON UKRAINE
Referring to Ukraine as Russia’s “fraternal nation” and characterizing the movement that ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych as a “coup,” Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed reporters during a live press conference this morning and insisted Russia had no plans to go to war with Ukraine, though he did not exclude military action.

“There’s not been a shot fired in Crimea,” said Putin, speaking from Moscow.

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