Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, shows a letter to purportedly from ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich to Vladimir Putin asking the Russian leader for military intervention in Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

Russia says Yanukovych asked Putin to use force to save Ukraine, as US mulls sanctions

Russia's UN representative says former Ukraine leader requested intervention in Crimea, a charge Western powers reject as US ponders sanctions if Europe follows suit

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Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, shows a letter to purportedly from ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich to Vladimir Putin asking the Russian leader for military intervention in Ukraine. Photo: Reuters
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