Ukraine in crisis gunmen storm parliament Crimean, UKRAINE’S fugitive president has declared he is still leader, as dozens of heavily armed gunmen seized control of government buildings in the nation’s Crimea region and raised the Russian flag.
The moves pose an immediate challenge to Ukraine’s new authorities as they sought to set up an interim government for the country, whose population is divided in loyalties between Russia and the West. Some 150,000 Russian soldiers carried out military exercises and fighter jets patrolled the border.
A respected Russian news organisation, meanwhile, reported that President Viktor Yanukovych, who was driven out of Kiev by a three-month protest movement, was staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow.
I have to ask Russia to ensure my personal safety from extremists, Mr Yanukovych said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies on Thursday.