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EU takes aim at Russia economy as Kiev plans Crimea pullout

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European leaders were on Thursday to debate biting economic sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea as Ukraine tore up key ties with the Kremlin and drew up plans to evacuate its nationals from the rebel peninsula. 

Russian soldiers stand guard after seizing contol of the Ukrainian navy headquarters in Novoozerne, on March 19, 2014

The European Union is under intense pressure to find a credible response to an explosive security crisis on the 28-nation bloc's eastern frontier that NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday called "the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War."

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