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Crimea's ethnic minorities fear for future

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Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base outside Simferopol, 17 March 2014.
Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base outside Simferopol, 17 March 2014. Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

In Ukraine's Crimea region the majority of the population are ethnic Russian and are distrustful of the western-backed interim government in Kiev. But ethnic minorities that make up 42 per cent of the population are fearful about what place they'd have inside a Crimea that's absorbed into the larger Russian Federation.