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Biden criticizes Russia's 'dark path'

Vice President Biden condemned Russia for moving along a “dark path” amid reports of violence as Russian forces took over a Ukrainian military base in the Crimean peninsula.

The vice president expressed concern over reports of armed attacks against Ukrainian military personnel and blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s signing of an annexation treaty with Crimean leaders as illegal.

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“We stand resolutely with our Baltic allies in support of the Ukrainian people and against Russian aggression,” Biden said during a joint appearance with the presidents of Latvia and Lithuania. “As long as Russia proceeds along this dark path, they will receive increasing political and economic isolation."

Biden vowed that there would be “a price to pay for this naked aggression.”

“Russia cannot escape that the world is changing and rejecting outright this behavior,” he said.

Ukraine said Tuesday that a military officer was killed after Russian forces stormed a Ukrainian outpost near the city of Simferopol. Interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk denounced the attack as a “war crime,” according to Agence France-Presse.

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