Ukrainian troops will stay in Crimea: Defence minister

KIEV (AFP) - Ukrainian troops will remain in Crimea, the country's defence minister said Monday even as media reported the separatist peninsula planned to disband Ukrainian units there.

"Troops that are deployed (in Crimea) will stay there," Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh told a press conference in Kiev, a day after the Black Sea region voted to become part of Russia.

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