10.01pm GMT Summary We’re going to wrap our live coverage for the day with a summary of where things stand: • Ukraine has authorized its military to use weapons in self-defense, reversing orders to refrain from firing on assailants. • A Ukrainian serviceman was shot dead during the storming of a military base in Simferopol, Crimea, and a captain was injured by attackers described as “unknown forces, fully equipped”. Regional Ukrainian forces remain largely trapped and threatened by pro-Russian irregulars. • Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Crimea, promising to protect all ethnic groups and criticizing what he called western aggression and hypocrisy. He said “Crimea has always been and remains an inseparable part of Russia.” • Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accused Russia of a “war crime”, saying the conflict had moved to a “military phase”. Interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said Vladimir Putin is “personally responsible for this provocation”. • The US, Germany and the European Council said they will not recognise the annexation of Crimea, as Nato condemned Russia’s “illegal” and “dangerous path”. Britain cancelled joint naval exercises and imposed sanctions and the White House warned it would be “ratcheting up the consequences to Russia”. 9.46pm GMT An… Read full this story
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