The United States called on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine on Saturday as Kiev urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action to stop the crisis.
As Russian lawmakers endorsed military action in Ukraine and Kiev warned Russian troops were pouring into Crimea, diplomats scrambled the 15-member Council for emergency talks in New York.
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, branded Russia's parliamentary approval "as dangerous as it is destabilizing" and accused Moscow of acting without legal basis.
"The message is pull back your forces. Let us enga...