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Olexander Turchynov has warned of the dangers of separatism
UK and U.S. foreign ministers due to meet to discuss a bailout
Pro-Russian crowds gather in southern region of Crimea
Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko reveals he will stand in election

Former Kremlin advisor warns annexation could happen within a week
Move would be similar to Nazi Germany's takeover of Austria, he said

Vladimir Putin 'sweeping aside Western warnings and preparing troops'
Dmitry Medvedev said he did recognise new authorities in Kiev
Ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is still on the run from authorities
But it's revealed a former aide, also a fugitive, has been shot in the leg

Ukraine's parliament voted today to send Yanukovich to be tried

By Will Stewart and Leon Watson

Ukraine's new leader has made a desperate plea for unity as experts warn Russia might annex the increasingly tense region of Crimea.

Interim President Olexander Turchynov warned of the dangers of separatism following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych as UK and U.S. foreign ministers met to discuss emergency financial assistance for the country.

Addressing parliament, Mr Turchynov said he would meet law enforcement agencies to discuss the risk of separatism in regions with large ethnic Russian populations.

Separatism was a 'serious threat', he said.

Mr Turchynov was speaking as it was revealed he would be opposed for president by champion boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, who said he would run in a planned election.

Former Prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has already confirmed she will stand.

Meanwhile, authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Sevastopol have installed a pro-Russian mayor as fears grow that the Kremlin may be stoking separatist sentiment in the region.

Sevastopol's city council handed power to Aleksei Chaliy, a Russian citizen, during an extraordinary session on Monday evening.

Andriy Klyuev, a former presidential aide who is said by the new Ukrainian authorities to be on the run with Yanukovich, has been shot in the leg, his spokesman said.

Spokesman Artem Petrenko said a 'trusted source' had told him that Klyuev, the head of the presidential administration until Yanukovich was toppled on Saturday, had come under fire twice and was wounded, but his life was not in danger.

It came after the head of the city administration quit amid the turmoil, and protesters replaced a Ukrainian flag near the city hall building with a Russian flag.

The Black Sea port is home to a large Russian naval base that has strained relations between the countries for two decades.

Petrenko said by telephone that he had not spoken to Klyuev himself and he did not know where Klyuev was. He also said he did not know whether Klyuev was with Yanukovich, who fled Kiev on Friday and is wanted by the Ukrainian authorities to face accusations of murder.

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This will get a lot uglier before things start to settle down.

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