Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Tunisia's Parliament votes on new Government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French court rules #burkini ban "clearly illegal"

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Biden in Turkey, Colombia Peace Deal, Ethiopia Olympic Protest (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Earthquake in Italy, French Burkini Ruling (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The hidden secrets of Les Invalides

Read more

FOCUS

Pro-Opposition stronghold Port-Gentil feverishly awaits presidential elections

Read more

ENCORE!

Alexis Michalik: treading the boards in the footsteps of 'Edmond'

Read more

REPORTERS

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Why does Italy refuse to see the seismic risk?'

Read more

Europe

Russian intervention would mean war, says Ukrainian PM

© AFP (archive)

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-07

Russia’s upper house of parliament on Saturday approved Vladimir Putin’s request to deploy Russian troops in Ukraine, but the president has yet to decide if Russia will take action.

To follow today's events on the situation in Ukraine as they happened, please read on below. (Click here if you are using a tablet or a smartphone)

  • The international community has mobilised in response to mounting tensions between Kiev and Moscow. The UN Security Council has called a special session to address the issue in New York. NATO’s principal political decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, has convened a meeting for Sunday to discuss the Ukraine crisis, while EU foreign ministers are set to hold crisis talks on the issue on Monday.
  • French President François Hollande and US President Barack Obama have been particularly active in seeking to mitigate the looming crisis. In a phone call with the latter, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced "criminal actions" committed by "ultra-nationalists" in Ukraine, while Obama called for a peaceful solution. US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power called for international observers in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine’s prime minister says he is confident Russia will not invade, but says if it does, it would lead to war and mark an end to any relations with Moscow. He called for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
  • Ukrainian army is on combat alert, according to Ukraine’s interim president. He also says security has been boosted around airports and nuclear facilities.
  • Putin’s spokesman says the Russian president has not yet decided whether to deploy troops in Ukraine.
  • Russia’s upper house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to deploy troops in Ukraine.
  • Responding to the approval, Ukrainian former heavyweight boxing champion-turned politician Vitaly Klitschko called for a “national mobilization” in the face of “Russian aggression”.
  • The speaker of Russia’s upper house has also said parliament will ask Putin to recall the Russian ambassador to the US.
  • Earlier Saturday, Ukraine’s defense minister said Russia had recently deployed an additional 6,000 troops into Ukraine.
  • Unidentified armed men continued to take control of key sites in the Crimean peninsula including the regional parliament building, state TV and telecommunication hubs.
  • Russia continued to formally deny involvement in the deployment.
    Foreign ministers of Poland, France and Germany expressed concern over the escalating crisis. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Russia to explain its intentions regarding its troops in Crimea. UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he will visit Kiev on Sunday.
  • The pro-Russian prime minister of the Crimea region claimed control of all military and other security services in the region and appealed to Putin for help in keeping peace there.
     

 

Date created : 2014-03-01

  • UKRAINE

    Crimean prime minister appeals to Russia for help

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

    Diplomatic frenzy as Ukraine slams Russian 'aggression'

    Read more

  • UKRAINE

    Video: 'Surreal scene at Simferopol airport in Crimea'

    Read more

COMMENT(S)