KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's acting president says the election of a pro-Russian leader in the restive Crimea region violated the country's constitution.
Oleksandr Turchynov made the statement Saturday in an order published on his website.
He said the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid. Askyonov says he is in charge of police and military and has asked for Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure peace.
Aksyonov was elected Thursday after pro-Russian gunmen occupied the parliament building.