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In Pictures: Russian troops in Crimea
Tensions escalate as Russian soldiers and 'self defence' groups take up positions throughout Crimea's capital.
Last updated: 04 Mar 2014 10:37
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Simferopol, Ukraine - In the Crimean capital, an uneasy calm pervades much of the city, where Russian troops are positioned along some of the main streets and local residents attempt to carry on with their daily lives. 

Support for the Russian "invasion" appears widespread in the city, with Russian flags on display throughout the capital. There are also small but daily rallies held in a show of support for the Russian presence and as a declaration for disdain for the protesters in Kiev and for Ukraine's new government. 

Few people, however, are under the impression that the relative calm will remain and fears of violence are widespread as Russia strengthens its hold on the peninsula. But despite the often fiery rhetoric from both sides, many residents find it hard to envision a war breaking out. 

Only a few possible flashpoints remain. At the bases where Ukrainian forces are refusing to stand down, Russian troops, to date, have shown few signs of doing anything more than surrounding the area. For there to be a war, there needs to be an enemy to fight, and so far any signs of one remains largely illusive. 

What is clear, however, is Russia's military presence in Simferopol. Soldiers and "self defence" forces stand guard in the city's centre.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Despite an uneasy calm, members of the "self defence forces" stand guard at certain points of the city.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera
While tensions remain high, people continue to walk around and shop in the thoroughfares.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera
Support for the Russian intervention in the Crimea appears widespread, as people pose for photos holding Russian flags outside the Crimean Parliament building.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Members of a "self defence force" guard masked gunmen, who are widely understood to be Russian soldiers.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera
On February 27, Pro-Kremlin armed men began seizing government buildings in Crimea.


/George Henton/Al Jazeera

On a main street, heavily armed Russian troops stand guard as locals carry on with their daily routines.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Despite their refusal to talk to the press, Russian troops appear to have no issue with photos being taken of them.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Moscow says military movements in Crimea are in line with previous agreements to protect its fleet in the Black Sea.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

A woman looks back at two heavily armed Russian soldiers on a street in the centre of the capital.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Not far from the city, Russian forces and "self defence" volunteers have gathered outside a Ukrainian army base where Ukrainian soldiers are refusing to surrender.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

A Russian soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle outside the Ukrainian army base not far from the region's capital, Simferopol. It is one of a number of bases around the Crimea currently surrounded by Russian troops.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Outside a Ukrainian army base, heavily armed Russian troops survey the hills for potential threats.



/George Henton/Al Jazeera

Teenage girls, holding balloons in the colours of the Ukrainian nation flag, walk past Russian soldiers surrounding a Ukrainian army base.




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Despite an uneasy calm, members of the "self defence forces" stand guard at certain points of the city.

;*;While tensions remain high, people continue to walk around and shop in the thoroughfares.;*;Support for the Russian intervention in the Crimea appears widespread, as people pose for photos holding Russian flags outside the Crimean Parliament building.;*;

Members of a "self defence force" guard masked gunmen, who are widely understood to be Russian soldiers.

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On a main street, heavily armed Russian troops stand guard as locals carry on with their daily routines.

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Despite their refusal to talk to the press, Russian troops appear to have no issue with photos being taken of them.

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Moscow says military movements in Crimea are in line with previous agreements to protect its fleet in the Black Sea.

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Not far from the city, Russian forces and "self defence" volunteers have gathered outside a Ukrainian army base where Ukrainian soldiers are refusing to surrender.

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Outside a Ukrainian army base, heavily armed Russian troops survey the hills for potential threats.

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Teenage girls, holding balloons in the colours of the Ukrainian nation flag, walk past Russian soldiers surrounding a Ukrainian army base.

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Despite an uneasy calm, members of the ?"?self defence forces?" stand guard at certain points of the city.

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Despite an uneasy calm, members of the ?"?self defence forces?" stand guard at certain points of the city.

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While tensions remain high, people continue to walk around and shop in the thoroughfares.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/9e99ad12fb01a8c1403a6b46e3a473f8George Henton/Al Jazeera

While tensions remain high, people continue to walk around and shop in the thoroughfares.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/da1a772a781f1c216ee42004d10a84e4Support for the Russian intervention in the Crimea appears widespread, as people pose for photos holding Russian flags outside the Crimean Parliament building.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/da1a772a781f1c216ee42004d10a84e4George Henton/Al Jazeera Support for the Russian intervention in the Crimea appears widespread, as people pose for photos holding Russian flags outside the Crimean Parliament building. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/c54f6480a941f02168f3f07b995b90b0

Members of the "??self defence force?" also guard masked gunmen, who are widely understood to be Russian soldiers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/c54f6480a941f02168f3f07b995b90b0George Henton/Al Jazeera

Members of the "??self defence force?" also guard masked gunmen, who are widely understood to be Russian soldiers.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/d36016124202d5bd221bc412db501c57

On February 27, Pro-Kremlin armed men began seizing government buildings in Crimea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/d36016124202d5bd221bc412db501c57George Henton/Al Jazeera

On February 27, Pro-Kremlin armed men began seizing government buildings in Crimea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/2799383f667835b5b6ced642db98c3a9

On a main street, heavily armed Russian troops stand guard as locals pass by, carrying on with their day.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/2799383f667835b5b6ced642db98c3a9George Henton/Al Jazeera

On a main street, heavily armed Russian troops stand guard as locals pass by, carrying on with their day.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/5301706569dab80627dc8aea7089f2fb

A convoy of hundreds of Russian troops heads towards the regional capital of Ukraine's Crimea region n March 2, a day after Russia's forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/5301706569dab80627dc8aea7089f2fbGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

A convoy of hundreds of Russian troops heads towards the regional capital of Ukraine's Crimea region n March 2, a day after Russia's forces took over the strategic Black Sea peninsula without firing a shot.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/83640eb2733c715ef2a112f09617dcf5

Russian troops, to date, have show few signs of doing anything more than surrounding the area.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/83640eb2733c715ef2a112f09617dcf5George Henton/Al Jazeera

Russian troops, to date, have show few signs of doing anything more than surrounding the area.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/35d2bb3e803f0483a7c4c6bbc81616e9Despite their refusal to talk to press, the Russian troops appear to have no issue with photos being taken of them and at times pose for photos with locals.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/35d2bb3e803f0483a7c4c6bbc81616e9George Henton/Al Jazeera Despite their refusal to talk to press, the Russian troops appear to have no issue with photos being taken of them and at times pose for photos with locals. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/585ba99541f6054bc75a3ba424d1b781

Moscow says military movements in Crimea are in line with previous agreements to protect its fleet position in the Black Sea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/585ba99541f6054bc75a3ba424d1b781George Henton/Al Jazeera

Moscow says military movements in Crimea are in line with previous agreements to protect its fleet position in the Black Sea.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/df7ddc6850c3233c7c550261f9997165A woman looks back at two heavily armed Russian Soldiers on a street in the centre of the capital.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/df7ddc6850c3233c7c550261f9997165George Henton/Al Jazeera A woman looks back at two heavily armed Russian Soldiers on a street in the centre of the capital. http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/3b9056397650d67f6ef72d00d438057a

Not far from the city, Russian forces and "self defence" volunteers have gathered outside a Ukrainian army base, in side of which Ukrainian soldiers are refusing to surrender.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/3b9056397650d67f6ef72d00d438057aGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

Not far from the city, Russian forces and "self defence" volunteers have gathered outside a Ukrainian army base, in side of which Ukrainian soldiers are refusing to surrender.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/0402dee8e051e2e07ea0c17e02b8ddbb

A Russian soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle outside the Ukrainian Army base not far from the region's capital, Simferopol. It is one of a number of bases around the Crimea currently surrounded by Russian troops but so far refusing to capitulate.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/0402dee8e051e2e07ea0c17e02b8ddbbGeorge Henton/Al Jazeera

A Russian soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle outside the Ukrainian Army base not far from the region's capital, Simferopol. It is one of a number of bases around the Crimea currently surrounded by Russian troops but so far refusing to capitulate.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/8fd7adefb91e60a18dc2fe4c661015d6

Outside of the base, Heavily armed Russian troops survey the hills for any potential threats.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/8fd7adefb91e60a18dc2fe4c661015d6George Henton/Al Jazeera

Outside of the base, Heavily armed Russian troops survey the hills for any potential threats.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/fa16ceddb810624ef70fd6c2207fcad9Four teenage girls, holding balloons the color of the Ukrainian nation flag, walk past soldiers who have surrounded the base.http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Crimea/slideshow/no-caption/fa16ceddb810624ef70fd6c2207fcad9George Henton/Al Jazeera Four teenage girls, holding balloons the color of the Ukrainian nation flag, walk past soldiers who have surrounded the base.


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