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13 Disquieting Photos Of Armed Russians Surrounding Ukrainian Soldiers In Crimea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claims that the troops controlling Ukraine's Crimea peninsula are "self-defense forces created by the inhabitants of Crimea, we have no authority over them."<p>That is probably false.<p>The Interpreter has listed several examples of these …

Why Putin's Use Of Unmarked Troops Did Not Violate The Geneva Convention

They were the mysterious figures who last Friday surrounded the main airport in Crimea, the Ukrainian autonomous region at the center of a standoff between Russian and Ukrainian forces that could escalate into war sometime soon.<p>But journalists on the scene didn't take long to identify them as …

Russia Slams West On Crimea Ahead Of Talks To Ease The Crisis

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov REUTERS/Andrea Comas PARIS/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday it could not order "self-defense" forces in Ukraine's Crimea region back to their bases ahead of crucial ministerial talks in Paris aimed at easing tensions of over Ukraine and averting the …

ANALYSTS: Russia Unlikely To Pull Back In Crimea

It's an unsettling scenario for President Barack Obama, who is under pressure to show he has leverage over Putin in a deepening conflict between East and West. The threat of economic sanctions, along with a series of modest measures that include canceling trade talks with Moscow and suspending …

Russian Foreign Minister: Troops In Crimea 'Do Not Receive Our Orders'

A day after US President Barack Obama said Russia was "not fooling anybody" over its role in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted the armed troops were not taking orders from the Kremlin.<p>"If they are the self-defence forces created by the inhabitants of Crimea, we have no …

EXPERT: Putin Has Overreached If He Expects To Keep Crimea

He has been able to use that to parlay a much greater geopolitical role than Russia's actual political, economic, military, even moral resources 'should' command.<p>Of course, in foreign policy chutzpah is a crucial, if intangible asset, especially when dealing with a European Union that is often …

Ukraine Asks UN Security Council To Protect It From Russia

"We can stop the expansion of this aggression," Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev told reporters after addressing a closed-door U.N. Security Council meeting on the crisis in his country.<p>He said that Russia's military aggression had violated a 1994 agreement on safeguarding Ukraine's …

Here's How Crimea Is Different From the Rest of Ukraine

___<p><b>ON THE BLACK SEA</b><p>The Crimean Peninsula juts into the Black Sea, all but an island except for a narrow strip of land in the north connecting it to the mainland. On its eastern shore, a finger of land reaches out almost to Russia. It's best known in the West as the site of the 1945 Yalta …

This Map Explains Why Ukraine Is So Divided Over Russia

After an emergency Parliamentary session Saturday, Russia approved President Vladimir Putin's request to send troops into the turbulent nation of Ukraine.<p>The move came after Russia had already started taking hold of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, an autonomous parliamentary republic within Ukraine. …

Putin's Crimea Aim Is To Make The West Look Weak

Earlier today, the Russian parliament unanimously approved the use of the country's military against Ukraine.<p>Ukraine has since put its troops on combat alert. Acting President Oleksander Turchinov told reporters that military intervention by Russia would result in war.<p>Troops in unmarked uniforms …

Why Crimeans Prefer A Crook As A President

He seemed to inhabit an alternate universe, awkwardly batting away questions about the massive wealth he accumulated during his tenure. The fugitive Ukrainian leader also insisted on the legitimacy of his presidency, despite the formation of an opposition government in Kiev.<p>"If the current …

Defying US, Putin Asks Lawmakers To Approve Sending Troops To Ukraine

"In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine and the threat to the lives of Russian citizens... I submit to the Federation Council a request to use the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory until the normalization of the political situation in that country," …

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Sending 6,000 Troops Into Crimea

Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh told the Ukrainian government's first cabinet session that Russia's armed forces had sent 30 armored personnel carriers and 6,000 additional troops into Crimea in a bid to help local pro-Kremlin militia gain broader independence from the new pro-EU leaders in …

The Threat Of A Full-Blown Russian Military Intervention In Ukraine Is Mounting

The pro-Russian prime minister of the region asked for Moscow's assistance in keeping the peace and claimed he had control of all military, police and other security services.<p>The call by Sergei Aksenov came after armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports and a …

A Little History Lesson On Ukraine And Crimea May Help Put Things Into Perspective

<i>(from my colleague Dr. Win Thin)</i><p>A little history lesson about Ukraine and Crimea may help put recent developments into better perspective. What emerges is a very clear understanding of why both Russia and Ukraine feel that they each have historical precedent to support their positions: Russia …

Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Attempting To Destabilize Crimea

"In Russia, we are extremely concerned about the recent developments in Crimea," the foreign ministry said in a statement.<p>The ministry said that there was an overnight attempt by "unidentified gunmen sent from Kiev" to seize the offices of the Crimea region's interior ministry.<p>"As a result of the …

11 Alleged Russian Gunship Helicopters Fly Into Ukrainian Airspace Over Crimea

Russian Mi-24 Hind helicopters were allegedly filmed entering Ukrainian airspace over Crimea.<p>An amateur video uploaded on Youtube shows 11 Mil Mi-24 helicopters flying towards the military airport at Sevastopol early in the morning of February 28.<p>"Ukraine doesn't have this quantity of helicopters. …

The Most Pressing Issue For Crimeans Is Where To Get Weapons

It's difficult not to note that the force involved here, about 150,000 troops, is almost exactly the size of the U.S. force that invaded Iraq in March 2003.<p>The revelation that a senior "former" GRU officer assisted with Yanukovych's plans for mass repression in Ukraine has not calmed moods …

1 Dead And Several Injured As Russian Flags And Fists Fly In Ukrainian Peninsula Of Crimea

Just as Kiev is calming down, protests are hitting the Ukrainian peninsula Crimea in the southern part of the country.<p>Thousands of pro-Russia protesters and ethnic Tatars, who support Ukraine's new leadership, clashed near the regional parliament building before a debate on the political upheaval …