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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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  1. James Mates

Ukraine is a 'tug of war between the EU and Russia'

There is an intensive diplomatic effort going on in Kiev, with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland meeting the Ukrainian President at lunchtime today.

Violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police have escalated in Kiev. Credit: Reuters

We believe they are still talking and it is suggested that the offer to him is an interim government, a new constitution and then fresh elections, which would please the protesters and is very much what they have been demanding but makes it unlikely he would accept them terms.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending his own envoy to try and pull Ukraine the other way.

There is this tug of war, not only between Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraine and Western Ukraine but also between the European Union and Russia - both see this country's future as within their own sphere of influence.

The trouble is after a day of high casualties, the demand in Kiev is not for compromise but for revenge.

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