Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed prime minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea by the Crimean parliament, has backed the request made by Viktor Yanukovych to send Russian troops to Ukraine.

"Yanukovych is asking - and he has a right to do it - in this case, the Russian Federation fulfils more duties to ensure public order and to protect Russian citizens of Ukraine from physical violence. And I support Russian President Vladimir Putin in that," Aksyonov told a press conference in Simferopol on Tuesday.

According to earlier reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian troops can only be used in Ukraine in the most extreme cases.


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