Obama and Putin discuss Ukraine crisis as tensions mount

US President Obama and Russian President Vladmir Putin spoke on the telephone tonight amid escalating tension over the Crimea region of Ukraine.

Russian state broadcaster Ria reported that Putin told Obama Russia "reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russia speakers if there is violence" in the region, whilst Reuters reports that Obama "raised concerns to Putin's about Russia's plans for possible intervention".

Read: Ukraine asks EU and NATO to 'protect territorial integrity'

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Police re-capture government building in Donetsk

Police re-captured the administrative headquarters of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and have around 68 pro-Russian protesters in custody who are being questioned over the occupation.