Ukraine's new authorities resort to 'dictatorial' methods in regions - Russia:
Russia has lashed out at the new regime in Kiev, accusing it of using "Dictatorial" And "Terrorist" Methods to suppress dissent in the country, with backing from the West which is "Acting out of geopolitical self-interest." Ref. Source 3
Russia approves use of force in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin has wrestled control of the Ukrainian Black Sea region of Crimea from Kiev, defying a threat from US President Barack Obama that "There will be costs" If Russia intervenes militarily. Ref. Source 8
Following a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it is "Crucial to restore calm and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation" In Ukraine.
"Cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis," Ban said.
"I appealed to President Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in Kiev," He said.
Putin and President Obama also talked via phone for 90 minutes Saturday.
Obama expressed to Putin "his deep concern over Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is a breach of international law, including Russia's obligations under the U.N. Charter, and of its 1997 military basing agreement with Ukraine," According to a statement released by the White House.
"President Obama made clear that Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia's standing in the international community." Ref. CNN
The interim prime minister of Ukraine today called the move by Russian forces to surround military bases in Crimea "A declaration of war."
Speaking in a televised address from the Parliament building in Kiev, Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "Pull back the military and stick to international obligations." Ref. CNN
Two Russian warships seen off Ukraine coast, violate agreement:
Two Russian anti-submarine warships have appeared off the coast of Ukraine's Crimea region, violating an agreement on Moscow's lease of a naval base, Interfax news agency quoted a Ukrainian military source as saying. Ref. Source 4
Ukraine goes on war footing
Ukraine has mobilised for war and the US has threatened to isolate Russia economically, after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour, creating Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Ref. Source 1
Russia and Ukraine mobilize, raising tensions in Crimea:
Russian gunmen on the Crimean peninsula and the embattled new Ukrainian government in Kiev continued to escalate a dangerous confrontation Sunday, with both sides mobilizing armed forces and warning that the other was provoking war. Ref. Source 4