UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council is about to hold an open meeting on the growing crisis in Ukraine.
After meeting behind closed doors, the council agreed to hold an open, televised meeting despite objections from permanent member Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of “a military invasion and occupation” of strategic points in the Crimean peninsula.
Ukraine is asking the other four permanent council members — the U.S., Britain, France and China — for help in stopping Russia’s “aggression.”
Russia’s parliament earlier Saturday approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to authorize the use of the Russian military to protect its interests in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, Yuriy Sergeyev, says Russia has rejected Ukraine’s proposal to hold immediate bilateral consultations.