As it happened: Ukraine crisis

Key points

  • Crimean parliament asks to join Russia and plans referendum for 16 March on endorsing the move
  • EU and US leaders join Ukraine's government in condemning move "as illegal"
  • EU suspends visa and economic talks with Russia and threatens sanctions at emergency summit
  • US imposes visa restrictions on people who "threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine"
  • Pro-Russian forces remain in control of Crimea, where stand-off continues with Ukrainian troops blockaded in bases
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  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Richard Irvine-Brown 
  • Lucy Fleming 
  • Alastair Lawson 

Last updated 6 March 2014

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