KIEV, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian parliament called on the U.N. Security Council on Friday to hold an emergency meeting to discuss "topical problems" in the crisis-torn country, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
The parliament also demanded Russia stop alleged "violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity" and "not support separatism".
The parliament adopted an appeal for Russia to "stop moves that show signs of undermining national sovereignty and territorial integrity ... (and) reject support for separatism in Ukraine, of any form," a Reuters report said.
An armed group took control of the airport in Crimean capital Simferopol in southern Ukraine Friday, one day after gunmen seized the local parliament building and raised the Russian national flag on top of the building.
Ukraine regards seizure of Crimea airports as armed invasion
KIEV, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Friday the seizure of two airports on the southern Crimea Peninsula was an "occupation and armed invasion" . Full story
Ukraine names pro-West cabinet amid looming economic disaster, division
KIEV, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- A new cabinet in favor of anchoring Ukraine in the West emerged Thursday with a tough mandate to steer the country away from a looming economic collapse and find a way to mend its division.
Arseny Yatsenyuk, one of the prominent figures leading the anti- government protests to demand the country's European integration, was named as the new Prime Minister. The 39-year-old politician, economist and lawyer, had served as economy minister, foreign minister, and parliament speaker between 2005 and 2008. Full story
U.S. urges Russia to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Thursday urged Russia to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty amid festering events unfolding in Ukraine's Russian- speaking Crimea peninsula.
"We strongly support Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty," spokesman Jay Carney told reporters at a regular press briefing, adding "We expect other nations to do the same." Full story