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    Russia or Ukraine? Sea cadets in Sevastopol told to choose

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    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.