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5:24 PM, Mar 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The BBC is reporting that:

Ukraine is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, Kiev's security chief says. Andriy Parubiy said they wanted to move them "quickly and efficiently" to mainland Ukraine.

And, having accomplished what he willed in the Ukraine, Vladimir Putin turns his eyes to the Baltic states.  As Robert Evans of Reuters reports:

Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia's treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian. Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

Ominous developments at a sensitive moment.

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