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U.S. envoy: Crimea crisis solution needs to address Russian concerns

KIEV, Ukraine -- The United States continues to rule out military action to eject Russian troops from Crimea and acknowledges that a diplomatic settlement needs to address Moscow's interests in the strategically important peninsula, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said Monday.<p>"Crimea is and should …

Masked troops on Ukrainian base as pro-Russian forces tighten Crimea grip

One moment Monday morning, a Ukrainian flag still was flying over a military base in Ukraine's Crimea region -- the base's commander reportedly kidnapped by pro-Russian troops the day before.<p>Later Monday, masked troops were at the base, and the Ukrainian flag was gone.<p>The bloodless incursion by …

Former US Defense Secretary: Crimea Is A Lost Cause

"I do not believe that Crimea will slip out of Russia's hands," Gates said.<p>"You think Crimea's gone?," host Chris Wallace asked.<p>"I do," Gates responded.<p>Next week, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether or not to reincorporate itself into Russia. Moscow, not surprisingly, supports the referendum, …

Pro-Russia militia captures Crimean base - CNN Video

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NATO aircraft to monitor Ukraine crisis

NATO has said it will start reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania to monitor the situation in neighbouring Ukraine where Russian forces have taken control of Crimea.<p>The AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) flights will take place solely over NATO territory, the alliance said on …

How much aid Ukraine really needs

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Ukraine crisis: RAF jet to monitor Ukraine border

<b>An RAF reconnaissance aircraft will be sent to monitor the crisis in Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has said.</b><p>A UK E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (Awacs) jet will fly from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.<p>The aircraft would carry out its mission while staying within Polish and …

Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia | Reuters

SEVASTOPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.<p>With their own troops in Crimea effectively …

Russia jangles nerves with complaints of 'lawlessness' in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine – As Ukrainian officials prepared to campaign in the United States this week for more international support ahead of a Russian-backed referendum on secession in Crimea, Moscow complained Monday of "lawlessness" in eastern Ukraine, raising fear it might widen its military intervention …

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Partisan squabbling in the US could cost Ukraine $600 million

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>The fight over Ukraine has spilled over into international finance—and Ukrainians could be caught in the middle of a partisan spat in the US.<p>Ukraine’s new government is desperate for some $15 billion in loans to rescue it from a tough economic situation and pressure …

International Monetary Fund

Ukraine crisis: Flights into Crimea denied permission to land

Flights into Crimea, apart from those coming from Moscow, are being refused permission to land, as Damien McElroy found when his plane into Simferopol was forced to land in Kiev<p>Russian-backed forces in Crimea have shut down flights into the regional capital Simferopol from <b>Ukrainian</b> cities in the …

Ukraine armed groups reject 'extremist' label

Former President Viktor Yanukovich, and many in Russia, have described Ukraine's interim government as illegitimate and controlled by "dangerous extremists".<p>Many Ukrainians who took part in the revolution to remove Yanukovich from power disagree and say it is an insult to the sacrifices they have …

Meet the paramilitary leader who claims to be running Crimea

Only a month ago, Sergei Aksyonov was just another obscure pro-Russian activist in Crimea. Now he's the pro-Russian leader of the separatist region and Vladimir Putin's go-to person.<p>On Monday, Aksyonov oversaw a ceremony that caps his meteoric rise. In Crimea's capital, Simferopol, the pro-Russian, …

Ukraine president: Kiev will not use army to stop Crimea secession

Ukraine's acting president has said the country will not use its army to stop Crimea from seceding, in the latest indication that a Russian annexation of the peninsula may be imminent.<br>The interim leader said intervening on the south-eastern Black Sea peninsula, where Kremlin-backed forces have …

G7 threatens ‘further action’ if Russia annexes Crimea

The G7 has issued a formal statement urging Russia to back away from its efforts to split the Crimea from Ukraine.<p>The group, which includes some of the world's top economies, says a Russian-backed referendum on the status of the Black Sea peninsula would have no legal effect.<p>The statement also says …

In Meeting With Obama, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Embraces the West

Pres­id­ent Obama said Wed­nes­day that there would be “costs to Rus­sia’s vi­ol­a­tion of in­ter­na­tion­al law and en­croach­ments on Ukraine,” …

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Angela Merkel: Russia 'will not get away' with annexation of Crimea

The German Chancellor's tough message underlines how America and the EU have agreed a joint response to Ukraine crisis<p>Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has promised that <b>Russia</b> will not “get away” with “annexing” Crimea as world powers agreed to impose targeted sanctions on senior figures close …

Obama dismisses Crimea election

President Barack Obama warned that the United States and the international community will be “forced to apply a cost” if Russia continues its involvement in Ukraine, he said Wednesday after hosting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in the Oval Office.<p>“There’s another path available and we …

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Ex-Envoy 'Not Very Optimistic' on Russian Pullback in Crimea

It’s worth trying to forge a deal to get Russian President Vladimir Putin to reverse his invasion of Ukraine, but it probably won’t work, the recently departed U.S. ambassador to Russia said Wednesday.<p>Ambassador Michael McFaul, who left the job just last month, said the world must focus on keeping …

Cossacks: The Cowboys Of Crimea

Crimea’s history is packed with Tatar slave traders, Ottoman empresses and martial Cossacks; the original cowboys whose lifestyle has been co-opted …

Ukraine's President Writes a 'New York Times' Op-Ed, Just Like Putin Did

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A day after giving the AFP an exclusive interview in which he said his country would not use …

Russia heightens tension with military exercises near Ukrainian border

Moscow says 8,500 troops are involved in practice for 'combat missions on unknown territory'<p>Russian troops have started new military exercises near Ukraine on Thursday, with some 8,500 soldiers, 36 military jets and multiple artillery and rocket launchers being sent to the Russian-Ukraine …

Crimea referendum 'has no legitimacy', says William Hague - video

The foreign secretary says he hopes a meeting in London on Friday between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will de-escalate tensions between Russia and Ukraine. He claims a referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia has no legal standing in the eyes …