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Putin: Force in Ukraine choice of last resort

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the use of force by Russia in Ukraine was a choice of “last resort”.

At his first news conference since Ukraine's ousted leader, Viktor Yanukovich, fled from Ukraine, Putin also said Russia reserved the right to intervene if there was “lawlessness” in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.

Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, March 4, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

Any intervention, he said, would be “legitimate and within the framework of international law”. - Reuters

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