BN-BS815_ukrtru_G_20140301035651Russia extended its reach in Crimea on Saturday as officials in the restive Ukrainian region called on Russian troops to help provide security and as Crimea’s newly appointed prime minister, who is pro-Russian, said he was taking command of the peninsula’s police and army. Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, Saturday issued an appeal to President Vladimir Putin to “use all available means to defend the population of Crimea from disorder and violence,” Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Russian state TV. Sergei Aksyonov, who was appointed head of Crimea after armed men took over the regional parliament this week, said troops from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet are guarding vital facilities in the region and helping with patrols to ensure public order. More