Ukraine crisis: BBC reporters on the ground

With Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for parliamentary approval for a troop deployment in Ukraine and pro-Russian forces tightening their grip on Crimea, the turmoil in Ukraine is turning into a full-blown international crisis.

The BBC's reporters on the ground cover the latest developments.

Ukraine's Acting President Oleksander Turchinov has called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs, report correspondents Ukraine's Acting President Oleksander Turchinov has called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs, report correspondents
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The tension in Crimea is increasingly militarised The tension in Crimea is increasingly militarised
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Christian Fraser watched a Russian navy vessel at Balaklava on Friday

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The crisis is turning into a fast-moving game of geopolitical chess The crisis is turning into a fast-moving game of geopolitical chess
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The mood in Kiev is very against any Russian intervention, say correspondents The mood in Kiev is very against any Russian intervention, say correspondents
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On Friday, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych asked for Russian help - but not invasion

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It is unclear what Russia's response will mean in practice It is unclear what Russia's response will mean in practice
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President Putin makes his move President Putin makes his move
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The question everyone is asking The question everyone is asking
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Map of the Crimean peninsula The autonomous province of Crimea is home to 2.3 milion people, and no small number of military bases
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Amid claim and counter-claim, it increasingly appears as though Russia might be preparing to move Amid claim and counter-claim, it increasingly appears as though Russia might be preparing to move
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The Russian parliament is calling for boots on the ground to protect its Black Sea fleet The Russian parliament is calling for boots on the ground to protect its Black Sea fleet
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Despite the calm on the streets of Crimea, military tension is rising sharply Despite the calm on the streets of Crimea, military tension is rising sharply
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The backlash is building The backlash is building
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Pro-Russian activists put Russian flags over the administration office in the centre of Donetsk Anti-government protesters are taking to the streets across eastern and southern Ukraine, correspondents report
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The new government's problems are not limited to Crimea The new government's problems are not limited to Crimea
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The BBC's Daniel Sandford says "what appear to be Russian troops" are standing guard at local government offices in Simferopol

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Security seems to be the watchword across the country now Security seems to be the watchword across the country now
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Pro-Russian forces have tightened their control of Crimea Correcting a previous tweet saying there were none there, Daniel Sandford reports there are armed men at Crimea's Krym TV station
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Pro-Russian demonstrators make their point outside the police headquarters in Crimea's capital Pro-Russian demonstrators make their point outside the police headquarters in Crimea's capital
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Most of Crimea's population are ethnic Russian Most of Crimea's population are ethnic Russian
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Kevin Bishop captures the mood in Crimea Things appear to be less tense on the ground today, despite increased diplomatic pressure internationally
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The armed men guarding buildings in Crimea are equipped with military hardware The armed men guarding buildings in Crimea are equipped with military hardware
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None of the armed men controlling key institutions have left their posts since they first moved in None of the armed men controlling key institutions have left their posts since they first moved in
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President Putin offers a hint of what his next move might be President Putin offers a hint of what his next move might be
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Sergiy Aksyonov: "I call on the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to provide assistance in securing peace"

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Crimea was part of Russia until the 1950s, and still has very close ties with the country Crimea was part of Russia until the 1950s, and still has very close ties with the country
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"Temporary" was not defined "Temporary" was not defined
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Crimea's newly installed leader tightens his grip on the province Crimea's newly installed leader tightens his grip on the province
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Christian Fraser reports on the start of the process in which armed men took over most of Crimea's key institutions

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Opponents of the new government in Kiev often say the opposition are fascists. They are not wrong about all of them. Go to BBC Newsnight on YouTube for the full report. Opponents of the new government in Kiev often say the opposition are fascists. They are not wrong about all of them. Go to BBC Newsnight on YouTube for the full report.
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