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  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- Viktor Yanukovich said on Thursday he was still president of Ukraine and warned its "illegitimate" rulers that people in the southeastern and southern regions would never accept mob rule.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich said on Thursday he was still the legitimate president of his country and that people in its southeastern and southern regions would never accept the "lawlessness" brought by leaders chosen by a mob. Russian news agencies quoted a statement by Yanukovich as saying he had asked Moscow to guarantee his personal safety.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27- Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27- Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.

  • *German veteran says Russia needs help to swallow Ukraine setback. PARIS, Feb 27- The European Union should engage Russia with a far-reaching offer of free trade and eventual visa-free travel to help it overcome anger at seeing Ukraine drift away from Moscow's orbit, a veteran German troubleshooter says.

  • Ukraine slightly increases gas imports from Russia Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    *Russia cut gas price for Ukraine in December. MOSCOW, Feb 27- Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz has slightly increased gas imports from Russia this week, buying some 29.3 million cubic metres on Feb. 25, two industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

  • Ukraine: Leadership introduces cabinet     Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 1:22 AM ET

    Ukraine's new leadership introduced its cabinet on Wednesday evening, comprising known technocrats and new figures as Russian "war games" get into motion, reports NBC's Jim Maceda from Moscow.

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin dispatched army troops to Ukraine's borders for a military exercise, days after the fall of Viktor Yanukovych. The U.S. has warned any military intervention would be a "grave mistake". NBC's Richard Engel reports.

  • 150,000 troops in war games Moscow says unrelated to Ukraine. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ KIEV, Feb 27- Ukraine's protest leaders named the ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, as an angry Russia put 150,000 troops on high alert in a show of strength.

  • Former Defense Secretary William Cohen weighs in on the "serious" situation in Ukraine. Cohen says it is in Russia's interest to cooperate and see a stable Ukraine.

  • Russia tests battle readiness     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    NBC's Andrea Mitchell spoke with Secretary of State John Kerry about Vladimir Putin's orders to put the military to test its readiness.

  • *150,000 troops in war games Moscow says unrelated to Ukraine. *NATO says it backs Ukraine's territorial integrity, borders. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ KIEV, Feb 26- Ukraine's protest leaders on Wednesday named ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, as Russia put troops on high alert in a show of strength.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry didn't elaborate on the plan, which comes as Washington increases its support for Georgia and Moldova, which are seeking more integration with Western Europe and rejecting pressure from former master Russia.

  • SAO PAULO/ LONDON, Feb 26- Ukraine's hryvnia currency tumbled on Wednesday to a record low, as investors were unsettled by the country's murky political and economic outlook, while Brazil's real retreated after a five-day rally.

  • Ukraine: Russia tests combat readiness     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military drills along the northern part of its shared border with Ukraine, reports NBC's Jim Maceda.

  • Tensions rise again in Ukraine     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Ukraine is about to announce its new Ukrainian cabinet members, and there is more violence in Crimea.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ KIEV, Feb 26-- President Vladimir Putin put Russian combat troops on high alert for a drill on Wednesday, the Kremlin's most powerful gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president of Ukraine.

  • Ukraine's 'long overdue' currency decision     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks with Tomas Fiala, Dragon Capital founder and CEO about the change in Ukraine's central bank policies and its decision to weaken the hryvnia.

  • Ukraine's central bank lets currency weaken     Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 6:33 AM ET

    It is a change in policy by the central bank, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, as Ukraine's hryvnia falls to a record low.

  • *Ukraine's hryvnia down 4 percent vs dollar on day. LONDON, Feb 26- Ukraine's hryvnia tumbled 4 percent on Wednesday to 10 per dollar as political uncertainty mounted, with ripples spreading to Russia where the rouble fell to five-year lows and bank shares took a hit.