As it happened: Ukraine crisis

Key points

  • Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchynov has accused Russia of deploying troops to Crimea and trying to provoke Kiev into "armed conflict"
  • It comes amid unconfirmed reports that Russian planes have flown hundreds of troops into the region
  • Armed men have blockaded airports in Crimea, Ukraine's only Russian-majority region and home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet
  • Russia has denied involvement. President Vladimir Putin said sides had to stop "a further escalation of violence"
  • US President Barack Obama warns Russia that "there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine" All times GMT
  • At a news conference in Russia, Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych says he is against any outside military intervention

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  • Yaroslav Lukov 
  • Alastair Lawson 
  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Kerry Alexandra 

Last updated 28 February 2014

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