Ukraine withdraws cadets from Russian military academies

by Reuters
Friday, 7 March 2014 13:24 GMT

KIEV, March 7 (Reuters) - Ukraine summoned home its small contingent of cadets and officers studying at military academies in Russia, the Ukrainian Defence Ministry said on Friday, following Russian military action in Crimea.

A statement on the ministry's website said it had cancelled a bilateral agreement on military education between the two states. It said 26 Ukrainians were studying in Russian military academies and would be summoned home.

Russian troops have seized Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula, and Moscow has threatened to launch a wider invasion of Ukraine if it feels it is necessary to protect the Russian-speaking population there. (Editing by Alison Williams)

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