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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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Ukraine opposition 'needs time to consult'

France's foreign minister has voiced caution on Friday about President Viktor Yanukovich's announcement of a deal to end the Ukrainian political crisis, saying opposition leaders needed time to consult.

"The opposition wants to consult with some of its members, which is entirely understandable," Laurent Fabius said in a live interview on Europe 1 radio.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his counterparts from Germany and Poland have been in talks with Ukraine. Credit: Reuters

"In this sort of situation, as long as things haven't really been wrapped up, it's important to remain very cautious."

Fabius left Kiev during the night for Beijing but said he had been in touch with his colleagues, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany and Radoslaw Sikorski, who stayed on to try to conclude the negotiations on Friday.

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