US troops leave Crimea after protests

Washington Post

06/12/06

U.S. troops sent to the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to prepare for joint war games left Ukraine after two weeks of protests organized by pro-Russian parties prevented them from carrying out their mission. Some 200 Marine reservists arrived in Ukraine on May 27 to help refurbish a training facility for the exercises in mid-July. But the protesters, who accused NATO and the United States of seeking a foothold in the ex-Soviet republic, prevented the reservists from getting on to the base. ... U.S. and Ukrainian officials said the 200 reservists began leaving the region on Sunday because their contract had ended. Russian television broadcast footage of several dozen flag-bearing protesters shouting 'Yankee Go Home!' at buses apparently carrying the Americans...

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