Military personnel and vehicles, believed to be Russian, wait near the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, March 4, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

Novo-Ogaryovo, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday there had been an “unconsitutional coup” in Ukraine and ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich was still the legitimate leader of the country despite giving up all power.

The former KGB spy also told reporters there was no need to use force in Ukraine's southern Crimea region at the moment, but Russia reserved the right to do so as a “last resort”. - Reuters