Crimean leader appeals to Putin to help 'secure peace'
The new leader of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace.
A Kremlin source said it would "not leave unnoticed" the request from Sergiy Aksyonov.
Mr Aksyonov, who leads the main pro-Russian party in Crimea, was elected prime minister by the region's parliament this week during an emergency session.
US President Barack Obama warned Moscow against intervention after mysterious troop movements.
- From the section Europe