Ukraine warns Russia against 'act of aggression' in Crimea

Ukraine's acting president has warned Russia that troop movements outside its naval base in Crimea would be seen as an "act of aggression". Armed men seized regional government headquarters and parliament and the Russian flag is flying from buildings

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Ukraine's Yanukovich 'spotted in Moscow hotel'

A Russian news organisation has reported that Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich has been seen in a Moscow hotel and is now staying in a Kremlin sanitorium just outside the city.

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Viktor Yanukovich has not been seen publicly since Saturday. Credit: PA

Russian news agencies are reporting that Russia has agreed to ensure his personal safety.

"In connection with the appeal by president Yanukovich for his personal security to be guaranteed, I report that the request has been granted on the territory of the Russian Federation," a Russian source was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

After being voted out of his presidency by MPs last week, Yanukovich's whereabouts have been unknown.

Ukraine's Yanukovich says he is still President

Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich has said he is still President of Ukriane, Russian news agencies report.

He has reportedly asked Russia to guarantee his personal safety from actions of "extremists".

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Viktor Yanukovich's agreement with opposition parties broke down after passionate negotiations. Credit: PA

According to Russian news agencies, Mr Yanukovich said it is clear that Ukraine's southeastern and southern regions do not accept lawlessness in the country, when leaders are "chosen by a mob".

He was voted out of power by MPs after an agreement with opposition parties broke down.

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NATO chief urges Russia not to escalate Ukraine tension

The Secretary General of NATO has expressed concern over the unrest on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen used Twitter to urge Russia not to take action that could escalate the situation.

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I'm concerned about developments in #Crimea. I urge #Russia not to take any action that can escalate tension or create misunderstanding

Ukraine summons Russian envoy for talks amid crisis

Ukraine's foreign ministry has summoned the Russian envoy in Kiev, requesting immediate consultations with Moscow.

It said in a written statement that the envoy, Andrei Vorobyov, had been handed a note requesting that Russian military based in the Crimean port of Sevastopol stay on base.

The Russian defence ministry says it has put fighter jets on combat alert on its western borders, after pledging to "uncompromisingly" defend the rights of its compatriots in Ukraine.

Ukraine building seizure 'could lead to regional conflict'

The seizure of government buildings by armed men in Ukraine's Crimea region could lead to a regional conflict, the Polish foreign minister has said.

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Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski was one of three EU ministers to mediate Ukrainian talks last week. Credit: PA

Radoslaw Sikorski said the move was "a drastic step and I'm warning those who did this and those who allowed them to do this, because this is how regional conflicts begin. This is a very dangerous game."

The German defence minister has also expressed concerns over the events on the Crimea peninsula, saying the breakup of Ukraine must be avoided.

Russian troop movements would be 'act of aggression'

Russian troop movements outside the Black Sea fleet base in Ukraine's Crimea would be seen as an "act of aggression", Ukraine's acting president has told the Russian military.

Russia has said it will "uncompromisingly" defend the rights of its compatriots in Ukraine, claiming "large-scale human rights violations" have occurred in the country.

The Crimea peninsula has seen regional government buildings seized by armed men, who have raised Russian flags from within.

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Ukraine acting president appeals for calm amid unrest

Ukraine's acting president has appealed for calm after the seizure of buildings on the country's Crimea peninsula by "criminals in military fatigues".

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Clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars near the Crimean parliament building. Credit: Reuters

Oleksandr Turchynov said he has given orders for security structures to take "all measures" needed to protect Ukraine's citizens.

Russian fighter jets 'on combat alert' over Ukraine crisis

The Russian defence ministry has said it has put fighter jets on combat alert on its western borders, amid continuing unrest in regions of Ukraine.

Russia has said it will "uncompromisingly" defend the rights of its compatriots in Ukraine, claiming "large-scale human rights violations" have occurred in the country.

It comes after Russian flags were raised from government buildings on Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, which armed men have seized.

Russia to 'uncompromisingly' defend rights of nationals

Russia has said it will defend the rights of its compatriots in Ukraine and will "strongly and uncompromisingly" react to any violation of those rights.

It comes as tensions rise in Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian majority.

Read: Ukraine govt buildings seized in Crimea by armed men

The Russian foreign ministry said "large-scale human rights violations", attacks and vandalism in Ukraine are causes for concern.

The country's president Victor Yanukovich was ousted by MPs last week amid pressure from protesters and opposition parties.

Read: The real challenge for Ukraine begins now

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