Europe

Ukraine crisis: BBC reporters on the ground

  • 28 February 2014
  • From the section Europe

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.

Image caption In the long-awaited news conference, Viktor Yanukovych insists he remains Ukraine's legitimate leader
Image caption Far-right Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky is not known for quiet diplomacy
Image caption Ukrainian, not Russian, flags hang behind the seat Viktor Yanukovych will sit in, in this photo by Yuri Maloveryan (@MaloverjanBBC)
Image caption All eyes are now on Viktor Yanukovych's news conference
Image caption 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
Image caption Balaklava is an important port in Crimea, hence the interest in what the Russian navy might be doing there
Image caption Troops are on the move in Crimea, reports the BBC's Daniel Sandford
Image caption 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
Image caption Russia's lease on the Sevastopol base lasts until 2042 - a source of controversy among more nationalist, anti-Russian Ukrainians, say correspondents
Image caption At 07:00 Daniel Sandford tweeted this picture of men in unmarked uniforms at Simferopol airport
Image caption Amid claims and counter claims, this is the question on everyone's lips
Image caption Despite reported Russian military insignia on the uniforms of the armed men at Sevastopol's military airport, the local Black Sea fleet denies involvement
Image caption Also by late morning (Ukraine time), it was not only the airports being occupied, according to Russian and Ukrainian media
Image caption 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
Image caption Crimea was until 1954 part of Russia, and there are some who would like it back
Image caption 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