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Crimeans vote over 90 percent to quit Ukraine for Russia

SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) - Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia on Sunday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders “the ground will burn under their feet”.<p>With over half the votes counted, …

Obama warns Putin that U.S. ready to impose sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday the United States rejected the results of a secession referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region and warned that Washington was ready to impose sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.<p>With Washington and its …

Tense Crimea votes overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine for Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum on Sunday that has alarmed the former Soviet republic and triggered the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.<p>According to results of an exit poll announced …

U.S. rejects Crimea referendum, warns Russia of imminent sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned Russia on Sunday that Western sanctions were imminent and Moscow would pay an increasing price for its military intervention in Ukraine as the White House rejected a referendum in the Crimea region that it was powerless to stop.<p>With Washington and its …

John Kerry And Sergey Lavrov's Crimea Meeting Ends With Cold Stares, Icy Words And No Deal

Intense talks aimed at defusing the Ukraine crisis have ended with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov insisting the result of a controversial …

Paranoia leads Vladimir Putin to the point of no return

The Russian leader’s personal insecurity will ensure that Crimea falls under his control<p>As Sunday’s referendum, in which the people of Crimea will decide whether to join Russia, approaches, the images on Russian television are astonishing. They are more propagandistic and venomous than anything I …

U.S. says Russian decision not to ease Ukraine crisis 'regrettable'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia’s failure to take steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine is “regrettable” and the United States is ready to respond quickly following a referendum planned for Sunday on whether Ukraine’s Crimea region should join Russia, the White House said on Friday.<p>“We have obviously …

NATO says Crimea referendum would break international law

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday a planned referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region would violate international law and lack legitimacy.<p>Moscow shipped more troops and armour into Crimea on Friday and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine …