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US Official: Russia in Control of Ukraines Crimea Province

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Mary Chastain reports:  A senior Obama administration official said Russia has complete control of Crimea and that there are more than 6,000 airborne and naval forces in the peninsula.

UPDATE: and from London, 12.13am GMT:

The BBC’s indomitable Nick Sutton, nightly tweeter of tomorrow’s Fleet Street front pages, notes that Ukraine leads on most.

Among them, The Sun has its own characteristic take on the crisis.

“Russian forces now have complete operational control of the Crimean peninsula, some 6,000-plus airborne and naval forces, with considerable materiel,” the official said in a briefing for reporters. “There is no question that they are in an occupation position in Crimea…”

Pro-Russian militants near a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. The new government of Ukraine has appealed to the UN security council for help against growing Russian intervention in Crimea. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Pro-Russian militants near a local government building in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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