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Clouds of War in Ukraine Tensions Rise in Crimea and Donbass as Russia Deploys Troops

President Vladimir Putin is deploying troops to the Ukrainian border. What is he planning? DER SPIEGEL visited both sides of the border to take a closer look at the rising tensions.
"Apparently we will have to step in to defend them."

Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of Kremlin administration

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A Ukrainian soldier on a ship in the Sea of Asov

A Ukrainian soldier on a ship in the Sea of Asov

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"The Russians could be here in just over an hour. They have already stationed a battalion of naval infantry at their base in Yeysk."

Chief of Staff Mykola Timanov

Ukrainian Captain Timanov: "Now, ships are on their way from the Azov Sea."

Ukrainian Captain Timanov: "Now, ships are on their way from the Azov Sea."

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Russian military vehicles at Maslovka train station near Voronezh: "We are everywhere."

Russian military vehicles at Maslovka train station near Voronezh: "We are everywhere."

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The military camp on the outskirts of Voronezh

The military camp on the outskirts of Voronezh

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Dacha owner Vladislav: "Whatever happens, happens."

Dacha owner Vladislav: "Whatever happens, happens."

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A military vehicle at the camp near Voronezh

A military vehicle at the camp near Voronezh

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"We have entered a new Cold War."

Military expert Alexander Golz

Among the birch trees, soldiers have erected antenna masts, satellite receivers and tents.

Among the birch trees, soldiers have erected antenna masts, satellite receivers and tents.

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Military intelligence officer Shuk: The danger of "submarines."

Military intelligence officer Shuk: The danger of "submarines."

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The share of hardcore Putin supporters has more than halved within just the last three years.
A restaurant in Mariupol

A restaurant in Mariupol

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Emergency first responder Yulia Paevska: "As tactics have changed, so too have the kinds of injuries."

Emergency first responder Yulia Paevska: "As tactics have changed, so too have the kinds of injuries."

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The Port of Mariupol

The Port of Mariupol

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Anastasiya after receiving her Russian passport: "Everyone who works in state-run companies and agencies tries to get the passport."

Anastasiya after receiving her Russian passport: "Everyone who works in state-run companies and agencies tries to get the passport."

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With reporting by Alexander Chernyshev