Ukraine crisis: BBC reporters on the ground

The crisis in Ukraine is now focused on the majority Russian region of Crimea. Two airports have been occupied by armed men, who the Ukrainian authorities say are linked to the Russian military.

BBC reporters at the scene have been providing regular updates.

Richard Galpin tweets from Mr Yanukovych's press conference
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Steve Rosenberg said Viktor Yanukovych insisted he remains Ukraine's legitimate leader in the press conference In the long-awaited news conference, Viktor Yanukovych insists he remains Ukraine's legitimate leader
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Kevin Bishop tweets that far-right Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky has just arrived in Sevastopol Far-right Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky is not known for quiet diplomacy
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 Ukrainian flags hang behind the seat Viktor Yanukovych in the press conference room Ukrainian, not Russian, flags hang behind the seat Viktor Yanukovych will sit in, in this photo by Yuri Maloveryan (@MaloverjanBBC)
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Richard Galpin tweets a photo of large crowds of journalists waiting for the Viktor Yanukovych press conference All eyes are now on Viktor Yanukovych's news conference
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Crowds of journalists arrive for Viktor Yanukovych's press conference - and are searched on their way in Security is tight, as crowds of journalists arrive for Viktor Yanukovych's press conference - and are thoroughly searched on their way in, reports the BBC's Yuri Maloveryan
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A Russian naval ship in Balaclava Bay Balaklava is an important port in Crimea, hence the interest in what the Russian navy might be doing there
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Troops are on the move in Crimea, tweets the BBC's Daniel Sandford Troops are on the move in Crimea, reports the BBC's Daniel Sandford
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A Russian naval ship As the Russia's Back Sea fleet is based in Crimea it is not unusual to see naval ships there, but the movements of some ships has drawn speculation there might be more to it
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Russian missile cruiser Moskva moored in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol Russia's lease on the Sevastopol base lasts until 2042 - a source of controversy among more nationalist, anti-Russian Ukrainians, say correspondents
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The BBC's Daniel Sandford tweets a picture of armed men at Simferopol airport At 07:00 Daniel Sandford tweeted this picture of men in unmarked uniforms at Simferopol airport
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In mid-morning Ukraine time, Christian Fraser sent this report from the barriers blocking access to Sevastopol's military airport

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The armed men at Simferopol airport would not identify themselves as Russian or Ukrainian

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The BBC's Christian Fraser tweets: "Who are the men in the trucks?" Amid claims and counter claims, this is the question on everyone's lips
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The BBC's Duncan Crawford tweets a denial by the Black Sea fleet that it is involved in today's action Despite reported Russian military insignia on the uniforms of the armed men at Sevastopol's military airport, the local Black Sea fleet denies involvement
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The BBC's Kevin Bishop tweets reports that roads into Crimea are being blockaded Also by late morning (Ukraine time), it was not only the airports being occupied, according to Russian and Ukrainian media
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Map of the Crimean peninsula Correspondents say Crimea is a centre of pro-Russian sentiment. The majority of its 2.3 million inhabitants identify themselves as ethnic Russians and speak Russian as a first language
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The BBC's Kevin Bishop tweets that the Just Russia party is to submit a bill to introduce a fast-track procedure to admit new territories to the Russian Federation Crimea was until 1954 part of Russia, and there are some who would like it back
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This short video gives a a quick history of Crimea

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Christian Fraser tweets a reminder that the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was about a particularly bloody battle during the Crimean War Crimea has a special resonance for poetry fans. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, is a classic about a particularly bloody part of the Battle of Balaklava during the Crimean War
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The airport occupations follow a similar action against the autonomous region's parliament on Wednesday, which Mark Lowen witnessed

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On Wednesday, Daniel Sandford reported on ''massive military exercises with tanks and fighter jets'' by Russia, near Ukraine's border

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