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Friday, February 28, 2014

Crimean leader claims control, asks Putin for help

A boy is helped by his mother to light a candle inside an improvised church at the Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. Ukraine put its police on high alert after dozens of armed pro-Russia men stormed and seized local government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea region early Thursday and raised a Russian flag over a barricade.