(CNN) — [Breaking news update at 4:18 p.m. ET, 11:18 p.m. in Kiev]
By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Susanna Capelouto
The United Nations Security Council held a meeting Monday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Here are the latest developments:
— Russia’s U.N. envoy said Monday that ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych asked Russia to send troops to “establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability, and defending the people of Ukraine.” Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin read a letter from Yanukovych at the U.N. Security Council meeting.
“Ukraine is on the brink of civil war. In the country, there is chaos and anarchy. The life, the security and the rights of people, particularly in the southeast part in Crimea are being threatened. So under the influence of Western countries, there are open acts of terrorism and violence. People are being persecuted for language and political reasons,” the letter said. “So in this regard, I would call on the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, asking him to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation to establish legitimacy, peace, law and order, stability, and defending the people of Ukraine.”
— Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said Russia’s aim in Ukraine is to stop radical extremists who are destabilizing the country. “We’re talking about defending our citizens and our compatriots, on defending the most important human right, the right to life,” Churkin said.
— Russian troops are mobilizing in Ukraine in response to an “imaginary threat,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said.
“Russian military action is not a human rights protection mission, it is a violation of international law,” Power said.
Meanwhile, in Crimea, Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told CNN on Monday that up to 12 trucks full of Russian troops have crossed into the eastern Crimean city of Kerch from Russia.
Additionally, Ukrainian Border Service Assistant Chief Colonel Sergei Astakhov described Russian troop movements by ferry from Russia across the Strait of Kerch in a phone conversation. Astakhov said the first two ferries carrying armed men were navigating towards the ferry dock and border post in Kerch. As the ferries approached the port, 10 heavily armed troops from the Russian Black Sea Fleet attacked the border post from land and used force to overwhelm the Ukrainian border guards, Astakhov said.