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I think the governments militia is the same groups that formed a militia on Maidan, so in a sense it started forming before the revolution.

My main question is where the Ukrainian military stands. Seems unclear.

What Putin has said is that the Ukrainian parliament is legitimate, but that Yanukovich remains the legitimate president. Which means that his ministers has contact with Ukrainian ministers, while Putin has no direct contact as there is no elected president in Kiev.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 08:05:43 AM EST
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What Putin has said is that the Ukrainian parliament is legitimate, but that Yanukovich remains the legitimate president. Which means that his ministers has contact with Ukrainian ministers, while Putin has no direct contact as there is no elected president in Kiev.
Puting is a first-rate troll.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 08:19:17 AM EST
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Does this mean that Yanukovich is also the legitimate president of Crimea? Will Putin act accordingly?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 17th, 2014 at 08:29:12 AM EST
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