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.

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Image caption Ukraine's Acting President Oleksander Turchinov has called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs, report correspondents
Image caption The tension in Crimea is increasingly militarised
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Media captionChristian Fraser watched a Russian navy vessel at Balaklava on Friday
Image caption The crisis is turning into a fast-moving game of geopolitical chess
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Image caption The mood in Kiev is very against any Russian intervention, say correspondents
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Media captionOn Friday, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych asked for Russian help - but not invasion
Image caption It is unclear what Russia's response will mean in practice
Image caption President Putin makes his move
Image caption The question everyone is asking
Image caption The autonomous province of Crimea is home to 2.3 milion people, and no small number of military bases
Image caption Amid claim and counter-claim, it increasingly appears as though Russia might be preparing to move
Image caption The Russian parliament is calling for boots on the ground to protect its Black Sea fleet
Image caption Despite the calm on the streets of Crimea, military tension is rising sharply
Image caption The backlash is building
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Image caption Anti-government protesters are taking to the streets across eastern and southern Ukraine, correspondents report
Image caption The new government's problems are not limited to Crimea
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Media captionThe BBC's Daniel Sandford says "what appear to be Russian troops" are standing guard at local government offices in Simferopol
Image caption Security seems to be the watchword across the country now
Image caption Correcting a previous tweet saying there were none there, Daniel Sandford reports there are armed men at Crimea's Krym TV station
Image caption Pro-Russian demonstrators make their point outside the police headquarters in Crimea's capital
Image caption Most of Crimea's population are ethnic Russian
Image caption Things appear to be less tense on the ground today, despite increased diplomatic pressure internationally
Image caption The armed men guarding buildings in Crimea are equipped with military hardware
Image caption None of the armed men controlling key institutions have left their posts since they first moved in
Image caption President Putin offers a hint of what his next move might be
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Media captionSergiy Aksyonov: "I call on the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, to provide assistance in securing peace"
Image caption Crimea was part of Russia until the 1950s, and still has very close ties with the country
Image caption "Temporary" was not defined
Image caption Crimea's newly installed leader tightens his grip on the province
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Media captionChristian Fraser reports on the start of the process in which armed men took over most of Crimea's key institutions
Image caption 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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