LIVE BLOG: Russia says Yanukovych requested troops in Crimea

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

Global News

Above: Many western countries, including Canada, are calling for Russia’s immediate withdrawal from Ukrainian territory in Crimea. Tom Clark and Paul Johnson report from Ukraine.

Ukraine’s fugitive president requested Russian soldiers in the strategic Crimea region “to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order,” Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Monday, contradicting the president’s own comments last week, while Ukraine’s ambassador said 16,000 troops are now deployed there.

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The third emergency Security Council meeting in four days came amid fears that the Kremlin might carry out more land grabs in pro-Russian eastern Ukraine. Russia faced demands from almost all council members to pull its troops out of Crimea and got no support for its military action from close ally China.

“With the exception of one member of the Security Council – the Russian Federation – we have heard overwhelming support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine…

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