As it happened: Ukraine turmoil

Key points

  • Ukrainian interim President Olexander Turchynov has warned Russia against any "military aggression" in Crimea
  • Ukrainian parliament votes to approve Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister - he is a key ally of ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko
  • Viktor Yanukovych has requested Russian protection following his ousting as president of Ukraine
  • Armed men have seized government buildings in Crimea and flown the Russian flag
  • IMF is sending a fact-finding team to Kiev in coming days to discuss ways it can help
  • All times in GMT

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Last updated 27 February 2014


Hello and welcome to the BBC's coverage of the political turmoil in Ukraine, as tensions rise over Russia's response to the crisis.


Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Kiev

tweets: On the floor of the Ukrainian parliament today, 73 portraits of people killed in #Kiev last week

Image taken by BBC's Steve Rosenberg shows portraits of people killed in violence in Kiev


Ukraine's interim President, Olexander Turchynov, has warned Russia against any "military aggression" in Crimea. His warning comes after armed men seize two government buildings in the region. Crimea is located on a peninsula stretching out from the south of Ukraine between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. You can find out more by watching our brief history of Crimea here.


The Ukrainian foreign ministry has summoned Russia's charge d'affaires, Andrey Vorobyev, and handed him "notes concerning the latest events in Ukraine as well as movement of the Russian Black Sea Fleet units outside their bases" - Interfax-Ukraine. Mr Vorobyev is Russia's top representative in Ukraine after ambassador Mikhail Zurabov was recalled earlier.


An unnamed Nato chief says actions by an armed group in Crimea are "dangerous and irresponsible", Reuters is reporting.


Russian media is quoting official sources as saying Moscow has granted Viktor Yanukovych's request to ensure his personal safety.


Kevin Bishop, BBC News, Kiev

tweets: The barricaded entrance to Crimean parliament today

Image by Kevin Bishop of barricaded entrance to Crimean parliament


Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told a Nato meeting this morning: "I am extremely concerned about the most recent developments in Crimea. This morning's action by an armed group is dangerous and irresponsible", according to Reuters.


Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Kiev

tweets: In the centre of #Kiev there seem to be flowers everywhere in memory of the dead

Floral tributes to killed protesters in Kiev