As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation.

Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation.

Our photographers have been covering the on-going situation - we take a look at some of their images.

SIMFEROPOPL, UKRAINE - MARCH 12: Armed men believed to be Russian military stand outside a Ukrainian military base on March 12, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

LUBIMOVKA, UKRAINE - MARCH 04: Colonel Yuli Mamchor (L), commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase, leads his unarmed troops to retake the Belbek airfield from soldiers under Russian command in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine. After spending a tense night anticipating a Russian attack following the expiration of a Russian deadline to surrender, in which family members of troops spent the night at the garrison gate in support of the soldiers, Mamchor announced his bold plan to his soldiers early this morning. The Russian-lead troops fired their weapons into the air but then granted Mamchor the beginning of negotiations with their commander. Russian-lead troops have blockaded a number of Ukrainian military bases across Crimea. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

LUBIMOVKA, UKRAINE - MARCH 04: Colonel Yuli Mamchor (R), commander of the Ukrainian military garrison at the Belbek airbase, speaks to troops under Russian command occupying the Belbek airbase in Crimea on March 4, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

SIMFEROPOPL, UKRAINE - MARCH 12: Girls sit in a bus stop in a residential estate next to a Ukrainian military base on March 12, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

SIMFEROPOL, UKRAINE - MARCH 10: People look out from a public bus in the Crimean city of Simferopol as the work day begins on March 10, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

BELBEK, UKRAINE - MARCH 03: An Orthodox clergy member passes a hill where pro-Russian militants have dug foxholes and set up a sandbag position as he carries a religious icon after praying for peace and allowing pro-Russian militants to kiss the icon at a nearby checkpoint on March 3, 2014 near Belbek, Ukraine. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE - MARCH 10: A bus drives past a billboard that reads: 'On March 16 we will choose' and shows a map of Crimea with a swastika 'or' a map of Crimea with the colours of the Russian flag on March 10, 2014 near Sevastopol, Ukraine. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

SIMFEROPOL, UKRAINE - MARCH 05: Pro Russian supporters stand guard beside a goverment building in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 5, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was in Washington to discuss the current situation of the Russian military intervention in the Crimea area. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE - MARCH 02: A girl plays with a balloon during a pro-Russia demonstration in Sevastopol on March 2, 2014 in Sevastopol, Ukraine. (Photo by Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images)

 

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