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War jets fight off Russian invasion.

Ukraine yesterday claimed to have fought off an attempt by Russia to invade land next to Crimea.

The country's defence ministry say they scrambled aircraft and paratroopers to see off Russian forces entering the territory of Kherson region on Arbatskaya Strelka.

They added that the invasion "was repelled immediately".

The Ukrainians said aircraft, ground forces and an airborne battalion were used in the operation.

Earlier, two people were killed and several others wounded in a shootout at the building of a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group in the east of the country.

The shooting in Kharkiv was said to have broken out after a skirmish between pro-Russia demonstrators and their opponents.

Meanwhile, thousands of people demonstrated in Moscow over the intervention in Ukraine - a day before Crimeans vote on whether to join Russia.

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Mar 16, 2014
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