Putin flies into Crimea amid Russian war games
Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Friday 19.8, a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula.
The Russian leader has promised unspecified "counter-measures", and has built up troops ahead of a big military exercise next month.
He addressed the crisis at the opening meeting of his Security Council at an air base near the naval port of Sevastopol.
"It is clear that we have gathered for a well known reason after the infamous incident, after we thwarted attempts by groups of Ukrainian army saboteurs to break into (our) territory," he said.
"Judging by all accounts, our partners in Kiev have decided to escalate the situation. We are all familiar with this method of escalation. It goes back a long way and has sometimes been used successfully but not always.
"I hope that this won't be a final choice … and that common sense will prevail," he added.