WAITING TO EXHALE

Here’s what the tense waiting game in the Ukraine-Russia military stand-off looks like

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Russia’s ultimatum to Ukrainian troops in occupied Crimea—either surrender or “be ready for an assault”—has now passed without incident, but the tension has never been higher. Quartz’s Steve LeVine says the stand-off could end at any moment, either through the military surrender of Ukrainian troops on the Crimean peninsula or direct fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

But in the meantime, thousands of Ukrainian and Russian troops are uneasily waiting for a resolution.

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on the territory of their military unit located in the village of Lyubimovka near a local airfield, some 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Simferopol, Crimea's capital March 3, 2014. Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region. Ukraine said Russia was building up armoured vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water closest to Crimea after Putin declared at the weekend he had the right to invade his neighbour to protect Russian interests and citizens. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3FZHT
Ukrainian servicemen guard a military unit in the village of Lyubimovka near a local airfield, some 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Simferopol, Crimea’s capital. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

A military personnel member, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3FYVK
A man, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stands outside of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
<> on March 3, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine.
A Ukrainian soldier at the air base of Belbek speaks to a woman. The air base, home to 45 MiG-29 fighter jets and over 800 troops has pledged its support for Crimea. (Getty Images/Sean Gallup)

In this video from Vice, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers held a several hour stand-off at a Ukrainian naval base in Crimea after men believed to be Russian soldiers arrived on the morning of March 3 in hopes of taking over the base. The Russian troops told Ukrainian soldiers to disarm and leave their arms in a warehouse, but the two sides eventually agreed that the Ukrainian soldiers would keep their weapons.

<> on March 3, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine.
A Ukrainian soldier at the Belbek military base stands on alert. (Getty Images/Sean Gallup)
VERKHN'OSADOVE, UKRAINE - MARCH 03:  A military truck with Russian licence plates drives through a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian militants on the main road between Sevastopol and Simferopol on March 3, 2014 near Verkhn'osadove, Ukraine. Tensions on Crimea are running high following deadlines reportedly given by the Russian military for Ukrainian soldiers at Crimean military bases to surrender. Heavily-armed soldiers who are not displaying identifying insignia but are widely believed to be Russians have blockaded several Ukrainian military bases across Crimea.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A military truck with Russian licence plates drives through a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian militants on the main road between Sevastopol and Simferopol on the Crimean peninsula. (Getty Images/Sean Gallup)
A man holds a Soviet naval flag during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, Crimea March 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev on Saturday citing a threat to Russian citizens and servicemen of the Russian Black Sea fleet based there. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3FV7O
A man holds a Soviet naval flag during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, Crimea. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)
A Ukrainian national flag flies on the board of  Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich at harbor of  Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces that have overtaken Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the ship's crew surrender.  (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
A Ukrainian national flag flies on the board of Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich at harbor of Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Ukrainian seamen stand guard on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich at harbor of  Sevastopol, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that Russian forces that have overtaken Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the ship's crew surrender.  (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Ukrainian seamen stand guard on the Ukrainian navy ship Slavutich at harbor of Sevastopol. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
Pro-Russian soldiers block the Ukrainian naval base in the village of Novoozerne, some 91 km west of Crimean capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday, March 3, 2014. Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Sevastopol's harbor must surrender. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Pro-Russian soldiers block the Ukrainian naval base in the village of Novoozerne, west of the Crimean capital of Simferopol. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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