Crimea tension: Key video moments

  • 27 February 2014
  • From the section Europe

A round-up of key video moments from Crimea - a centre of pro-Russian sentiment - following the ousting of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

2 March: Tension remains high in Crimea

Russia continues to build up its forces in Crimea despite the US urging Moscow to call its soldiers back to their bases.

Media captionUkrainian soldiers are trapped on their own base as Daniel Sandford reports

1 March: Crimea in 'peace' plea to Putin

The new leader of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region, Sergiy Aksyonov, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace.

Media captionSergiy Aksyonov: "I call on the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to provide assistance in securing peace"

28 February: Yanukovych: 'I will fight for Ukraine'

Ukraine's ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych has said he intends to "continue the fight for the future of Ukraine... against those who try to occupy it."

Media captionKey moments from Viktor Yanukovych's news conference

28 February: Armed men patrol Crimean airports

Armed men are patrolling airports in the Crimean capital Simferopol and Belbek International airport in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol.

Media captionChristian Fraser says barriers and armed men are blocking Sevastopol airport
Media captionThe armed men at Simferopol Airport would not talk to the BBC

28 February: Russian navy vessel off Balaklava

The BBC's Christian Fraser says the sighting of a Russian navy vessel at the Port of Balaklava in Crimea is significant in the context of the current situation.

Media captionChristian Fraser says a Russian navy vessel is stationed at Crimea's Port of Balaklava

28 February: BBC releases unseen footage of Kiev clashes

BBC Newsnight releases previously un-broadcast footage of the clashes in which dozens died in Kiev on 20 February.

Media captionNewsnight releases un-broadcast footage of the clashes in Kiev in which many died

27 February: Russian flags fly over Crimea parliament

Pro-Russian demonstrators gather outside two government buildings seized by armed men in Simferopol, Crimea.

Media captionThe BBC's Mark Lowen reports on the armed stand-off in Simferopol

27 February: Ukraine warns Russia over aggression

Ukraine warns Russia against "military aggression" in the Crimea region after armed men seize the regional parliament building.

Media captionDaniel Sandford reports: ''Along the border, Russia is conducting massive military exercises with tanks and fighter jets''

26 February: Rival protesters rally in Crimea

Pro-Russian demonstrators and supporters of Ukraine's interim leaders clash at rival protests in the city of Simferopol.

Media captionMark Lowen and Daniel Sandford report from the police cordon separating rival rallies in Simferopol

25 February: Could Crimea break away from Ukraine?

Ukraine's interim president expresses concern at what he calls "the serious threat of separatism".

Media captionDaniel Sandford reports from the city of Sevastapol

24 February: First week in new Ukraine

Russia steps up its rhetoric against Ukraine's new Western-leaning leadership as tensions rise over the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Media caption"No one seems to ready to end the protests": BBC talks to people in Kiev

23 February: Crimean bay where Yanukovych was last seen

The historic bay at Balaklava, a small suburb of the Crimean city of Sevastopol, is where most of Viktor Yanukovych's official bodyguards finally abandon him in the early hours of Monday.

Media captionThe BBC's Daniel Sandford talks about Viktor Yanukovych's route to Balaklava

Brief history of Crimea

BBC News looks back at the history of the region.

Media captionWatch a short history of the Republic of Crimea