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Ukraine activates reserves after vote in Crimea

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's government on Monday mobilized military reservists and approved an emergency military buildup, a day after the disputed province of Crimea voted to secede from the country and become part of Russia.

The Ukrainian Parliament approved a presidential decree mobilizing some of the country's 40,000 reservists, and also agreed to divert $600 million from other parts of the country's budget to buy weapons, repair equipment and boost training over the next three months — a major commitment for a cash-strapped country.

With some of his troops surrounded on Crimean bases by Russian forces, acting Ukrainian Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh said the country would not back down even as the gears moved toward a separation of Crimea from the rest of Ukraine.

Tenyukh said Ukraine's armed forces in the east and south of the country were "combat ready," and said there were no plans to abandon bases and installations in Crimea — despite the threatening presence of troops deployed by a vastly larger neighbor.

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