Meet the Press   |  March 02, 2014

Crimean Dispatch: 'Quiet but Complete Russian Takeover'

Bill Neely reports on the latest from the Crimean Peninsula.

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>>> to begin with ukraine. the latest on the dramatic events in this crisis from nbc's bill neely in simferopol, the capital of the crimea . there's a real fear now that russia may try to annex the crimea . what's the latest on the ground there?

>> well, david, i would have to say there has been a quiet but complete russian takeover of crimea . their troopses are guarding key buildings here in the capital. the latest is that several hundred russian troops have arrived at a ukrainian military base not far from here where there is now a confrontation. the russians are demanding the ukrainians lay down weapons and threatening force and a group of ukrainian guards are behind the gate looking frightened. it's not a confrontation at the minute but certainly a standoff. that's pretty typical. the russians, as you say, have certainly taken over this region of ukraine.

>> bill neely on the ground for us in the area, thank you very much i'm