``In Simferopol, Crimea's regional administrative capital, street brawls have broken out between protesters who support Moscow's influence in the region and those who favor a Kiev free from what they view as interference from the Russians. According to reports, during the demonstrations Crimean Tatars shouted "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Crimea is not Russia!," while pro-Moscow demonstrators chanted "Russia!" in rebuttal. RIA Novosti, a Moscow-based news agency, reported that the Russian government is committed to "protecting the interests" of ethnic Russians in Ukraine as well as the Russian naval base in Sevastopol.''

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