Members of Vienna's Ukrainian community protest against Russian troops in Ukraine, outside the US embassy in Vienna March 4, 2014. President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. Earlier on Tuesday, Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia, close to the border with Ukraine, back to their bases.
Novo-Ogaryovo, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would not recognise the results of elections in Ukraine which were held under the current conditions of “terror”.
“If they are held under such terror as we see now, then we won't (recognise them),” Putin told a news conference. - Reuters