Sergiy Aksyonov
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Crimean leader appeals to Putin to help 'secure peace'

1 March 2014 Last updated at 10:06 GMT

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

A Kremlin source said it would "not leave unnoticed" the request from Sergiy Aksyonov.

Mr Aksyonov, who leads the main pro-Russian party in Crimea, was elected prime minister by the region's parliament this week during an emergency session.

US President Barack Obama warned Moscow against intervention after mysterious troop movements.