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Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday inspected troops training near Kiev to repel any further Russian incursion. (March 31)

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Novi Petrivsi, Ukraine - March 31, 2014

1. Wide of troops jumping out of mock helicopter firing weapons during training exercise

2. Wide(er) of troops jumping from helicopter

3. Wide of troops storming a building in training exercise

4. Mid of soldier abseiling through window

5. Mid of Ukrainian acting president Oleksandr Turchynov in military fatigues waling and observing troops

6. Wide of Ukrainian National Guard troops walking behind an armored personnel carrier as it fires gun in training exercise

7. Various of soldiers crawling under barbed wire

8. Mid of Turchynov and officials watching troops from a balcony as they march past parade stand

9. Wide of Turchynov saluting and watching troops march by

10. Wide (but closer) of Turchynov saluting and watching troops

STORYLINE

Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday inspected troops training near Kiev to repel any further Russian incursion.

The troop inspection came on the same day that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev led a delegation of ministers to Crimea and promised to pour funds into the newly-annexed peninsula so residents see positive changes after the Russian takeover.

Turchynov, dressed in military fatigues, was defiant, saying his government would not accept Russia's annexation of Crimea.

"Russia continues to act as an occupier in Crimea," he said.

"They maintain a powerful military formation, they keep giving out Russian passports to the people as they try to provide political cover for the occupation."

"I am sure that this period has a time limit and that the occupation will come to an end."

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March after a hastily called referendum held just two weeks after Russian forces had overtaken the Black Sea region. Ukraine and the West have rejected the vote.

The United States and the European Union have slapped travel bans and asset freezes on members of Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle for the annexation and warned that Russia will face even more painful sanctions if it tries to invade eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine and the West have also voiced concerns that the buildup of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine raises the threat of an invasion.

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