Hopes of an immediate way out of the Ukraine crisis were dashed at the UN in New York on Monday when an emergency session, called by Russia descended into a slanging match.
During a stormy Security Council meeting, Moscow’s envoy insisted Ukraine’s ousted President Viktor Yanukovych had asked Russia to send its troops across the border into Ukraine to restore law and order.
Elsewhere, Russia’s military also held exercises’ near Ukraine’s eastern border. They have now reportedly gone back to base after President Putin ordered their recall.
Kyiv said Moscow had set a deadline for Ukrainian troops in Crimea to surrender by 4.00 am CET on Tuesday or face action – for the moment no incidents have been reported.
The Kremlin has denied making such an ultimatum.