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For the first time since the passive invasion began, Ukrainian border guards and soldiers are also now being fired upon albeit purposefully over their heads.
The Crimean region is now a tinder box with heavily armed Russian soldiers and hastily recruited local militia groups joining forces with outlaw motorcycle gangs such as members of the Night Wolves can be seen active at highway checkpoints as well as outside Ukrainian military bases
Sergei Aksyonov, the Crimean prime minister, came to the ceremony and was greeted by the soldiers with shouts of “Commander!”, it was a show to express that the military enforcement and seigie of Ukrainian bases was being supported by locals
Assad troops capture Zara, one of two last strongholds for rebels along the Lebanese border leading to the city of Homs.
“Without al-Hosn and Zara, it will be the end of the revolution to the west of Homs… It's the only two areas left to the rebels there.”