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Ukraine Giving Up on Crimea, in One Photo

Ukrainian Navy Officer (C) leaves the building of Headquarters while armed soldiers without identifying insignia guard entrance to the Ukrainian Navy Headquarters building on March 19, 2014 in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Crimean self-defense forces stormed the Ukrainian Navy Headquarters, base A-0225, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Crimean leaders to annex the region.
Photo: Oleg Klimov/Epsilon/Getty Images

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian government has moved to evacuate 25,000 troops to the mainland, the New York Times reports, a plan that “effectively amounted to a surrender of Crimea, at least from a military standpoint.” Above, a Ukrainian officer, bags packed, leaves naval headquarters as masked men with huge guns look on.

Local militia, with the Russian military as backup, stormed the base in Sevastopol. The Associated Press has raw video:

We had no order and no weapons,” said a Ukrainian soldier on why they did not fight back. “We met them empty-handed,” said another.

Ukraine Giving Up on Crimea, in One Photo