Putin: Ukraine has seen anti-constitutional coup

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Pro-Russian soldiers block the Ukrainian naval base in the village of Novoozerne, some 91 km west of Crimean capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday, March 3, 2014. Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships in Sevastopol's harbor must surrender. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine has seen an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power.

Putin said Tuesday that while the Ukrainian parliament is legitimate, the acting president is not. He said that fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych is the only legitimate leader of Ukraine.

It was the first time Putin has spoken publicly since Yanukovych fled Kiev.