Ukraine making plans to pull troops from Crimea

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's government says it is drawing up plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea, where Russia is steadily taking formal control as its armed forces seize military installations across the peninsula.

National Security and Defense Council secretary Andriy Parubiy said Wednesday that Ukraine will seek UN support to turn Crimea into a demilitarized zone as it seeks to relocate armed forces to the mainland.

Ukraine's military, which is heavily outnumbered in Crimea, has come under increased pressure since the region was nominally incorporated into Russia on Tuesday.

Earlier Wednesday, masked Russian-speaking troops seized control over Ukraine's naval headquarters in the city of Sevastopol. A Ukrainian navy commander was also detained during that operation.

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