Russia's Federation Council has approved the address from the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin about the deployment of limited military contingent on the territory of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea.
On Saturday, March 1, the Prime Minister of the autonomous republic, Sergei Aksyonov asked Russia for assistance.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has declared general mobilization. Secretary of the National Security and Defense of Ukraine, Andrey Paruby, reported that mobilization would be conducted across the whole country. All people liable for military service will receive draft notices and will have to come to local military committees on March 2.
On Saturday, March 1, the National Security Council of Ukraine ordered to bring the troops in full combat readiness. The Ukrainian authorities emphasize that they are against the use of force in resolving the conflict.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building