The U.N. Security Council will hold private consultations to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
U.N spokesman Martin Nesirky said the council had scheduled a meeting Friday afternoon. The announcement came hours after Ukraine said Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports in its Crimean peninsula, and sought help from the council to help protect it from its powerful neighbor.
Russia, which has a major naval base in Crimea, has confirmed only that armored vehicles from its Black Sea Fleet were moving around Crimea for security reasons.
However, any action by the Security Council is highly unlikely because Russia is a veto-wielding permanent member and can block any action.