March 10, 2014 3:51 PM

At Crimea base, Ukraine troops who fought in Iraq face a force they never thought they’d fight

The cloaked soldiers camped outside the Ukrainian coastal security base may be silent to strangers about who they are and where they come from. But they freely admit to the Ukrainian soldiers they’ve surrounded that they come from Russia. In fact, they say that when they left their Russian base recently, they were under the impression that they were leaving on a training exercise somewhere in their native land.

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