As it happened - Ukraine army on full alert

Key points

  • Ukraine puts its army on full combat alert after Russia approves the deployment of its troops
  • Newly-appointed head of Ukrainian navy "defects", pledges allegiance to unrecognised Crimean PM
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry warns that Russia faces expulsion from the Group of Eight developed nations
  • Nato has held an emergency meeting at 12:00 GMT to discuss the escalating conflict in Crimea
  • There are stand-offs between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian soldiers who have surrounded Ukrainian bases
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Reporting:

  • Jeremy Gahagan 
  • Mohamed Madi 
  • Alix Kroeger 
  • Nina Lamparski 

Last updated 2 March 2014

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