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State Department warns Americans on Ukraine travel

US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the briefing room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. Obama said he was 'deeply concerned' by reports of Russia military in Ukraine.
US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the briefing room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. Obama said he was 'deeply concerned' by reports of Russia military in Ukraine.
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US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the briefing room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. Obama said he was 'deeply concerned' by reports of Russia military in Ukraine.
People walk on the territory of Ukrainian President Yanukovych's countryside residence in Mezhyhirya, Kiev's region, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb, 22, 2014.
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US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the briefing room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. Obama said he was 'deeply concerned' by reports of Russia military in Ukraine.
The body of a dead anti-government demonstrator killed in clashes with police is covered in flowers and carried through the crowd in Independence square February 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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US President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Ukraine in the briefing room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. Obama said he was 'deeply concerned' by reports of Russia military in Ukraine.
Anti-government protesters walk amid debris and flames near the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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The State Department is warning U.S. citizens to put off all nonessential travel to Ukraine, and particularly Crimea.

The department cited "the potential for instability" following the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych as president and the establishment of a new government.

Groups have staged protests, set up roadblocks and occupied government buildings in several cities throughout Ukraine since November 2013. The State Department warned all U.S. citizens in Ukraine, and those considering travel there to be aware of the possibility of violence.

President Barack Obama spoke of "reports" of military movements inside Ukraine, and officials said the U.S does believe that Russia is intervening.

Ukrainian officials say armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region.