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    Russia or Ukraine? Sea cadets in Sevastopol told to choose

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    Life for the cadets at the naval academy in Sevastopol has changed completely since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

    A few weeks ago the students here were in the Ukrainian navy dressed in Ukrainian uniforms.

    Now they have been asked to make a choice: stay and serve Russia or leave.

    It is a difficult dilemma for some of the recruits:

    “If you take an oath to serve a country you should stand by it, whatever happens, however bad the country is, even if its falling apart ,” said one, while another appeared only to happy to change:

    “There is a future in being with the Russian Fleet. We know that the Russian Fleet has new generation vessels, equipped with modern weapon systems and state-of-the-art defence equipment.”

    For most of the young cadets here, as for most of Crimea, the future is far from settled.