Ukraine prime minister: Country 'on brink of disaster'

  • 2 March 2014
Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine Image copyright AFP/getty images

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said the country is on "the brink of disaster".

All of Ukraine's troops have been ordered to get ready in response to the Russian army entering the country.

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Image caption Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

It's after Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to send his troops into Crimea in the south of Ukraine.

US President Barack Obama phoned Putin on Saturday to tell him that sending in troops was against international law.

But Putin said he had a right to defend Russians living in the area.

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Image caption US President Barack Obama on the phone to Russian President Vladimir Putin

Ukraine has asked for help from the UK and US to protect its national security.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague is flying to Ukrainian capital city Kiev to meet with leaders there.

Nato, a group of 28 countries that work together, is having emergency talks on how to resolve the crisis.

Its secretary-general said Russia's actions "threatened peace and security in Europe".

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