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Former NATO Commander Explains Ukraine Crisis

Russia has invaded the Crimean region of the sovereign nation of Ukraine with a military force, many of whom are not wearing appropriate military …

The Hidden Costs of a Russian Statelet in Ukraine

Propping up another breakaway territory could drain Russia's sluggish economy even further.<p>In dismissing the Ukrainian revolution as a “fascist” coup, officials in Moscow have conjured up memories of the turbulent period following the breakup of the Soviet Union, when Russian leaders used similar …

Invisible Standoff Continues as Russia Bloodlessly Extends Control in Crimea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While many of us in the U.S. spent last night watching a star-studded selfie break Twitter, Russia …

Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin has lost the plot, says German chancellor

Vladimir Putin has lost the plot over Ukraine, according to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.<p>US reports said Merkel phoned Barack Obama on Sunday evening after speaking to the Russian president to press him to back down from his invasion of Ukraine and occupation of the Crimean peninsula.<p>"She …

Ukraine tells Putin: this could be war

Thousands of Ukrainian troops put on combat alert as UK calls urgent meeting of UN Security Council<p>Ukraine defied Russian aggression on Saturday night warning that any military intervention would lead to war.<p>Ukraine’s acting leaders appeared on television in a sombre address to the nation after …

Ukraine crisis: 'Polite people' leading the silent invasion of the Crimea

Patrolling the streets with the leisurely but deliberate pace of British police constables on the beat, the men with machine guns in Ukraine appear to be there to show their presence − not to fight.<p>Outside a Ukrainian Navy installation in the suburbs of Simferopol, a man in his 20s sat on a low …

Any U.S. steps to punish Russia unlikely to alter course in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — President Obama has a variety of ways he can make good on his threat to make Russia pay "costs" for its military intervention in Ukraine.<p>But it's not clear any of them will make a difference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, or whether they might simply underscore the United States' …

West's puny response to Ukraine crisis will not deter Vladimir Putin

Barack Obama has sternly warned Vladimir Putin there will be "costs" for Russia if it continues or expands its military intervention in Ukraine. But the American president did not specify what these costs might be, and this toothlessness, in a nutshell, is the dilemma now facing the US and its …

Ukraine Ambassador: We Will Ask For Help If Russian Action Expands

"We are to demonstrate that we have our own capacity to protect ourselves as decided today in parliament and we are preparing to defend ourselves," Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said on CNN's "State of the Union."<p>"If aggravation is going in that way, when the Russian troops are enlarging their quantity …

Exclusive: McCain Tells Obama How to Punish Putin

In an exclusive interview, Senator John McCain identifies several ways the U.S. could respond to Vladimir Putin’s decision to move Russian troops …

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What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?

Russia's stealth takeover of the Crimea has reopened centuries-old divisions. What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?<p>Crimea, a rugged strategic peninsula jutting into the Black Sea that was gifted to <b>Ukraine</b> by a Soviet leader 60 years ago is now the epicentre of a dangerous crisis pitting …

Ukraine in pictures: Threat of war between Ukraine and Russia - Telegraph

Russia's Seizure of Crimea Is Making Former Soviet States Nervous

The crisis in Ukraine has countries formerly in Russia's orbit fearing Putin's next moves.<p>For the first time since the Soviet Union's collapse more than two decades ago, Russian military forces have moved into an Eastern European country and occupied its territory. Over 15,000 Russian soldiers are …

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Is It Too Late For Ukraine To Take Back Crimea?

<b>This post was updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</b><p>Russian forces appear to be digging in after seizing key assets in the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, and despite tough talk from Kiev's new leaders, the former Soviet satellite's under-manned and under-equipped military is no match for Moscow's battle-tested …

William Hague: UK will suspend G8 involvement over Ukraine crisis

Foreign Secretary William Hague says Britain will suspend its participation in preparations for a G8 meeting in Sochi after Russia violated Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity<p>The UK will suspend its participation in preparations for a G8 meeting in Sochi after <b>Russia</b> violated <b>Ukraine's</b> …

Here’s what’s really happening in Ukraine, according to Russian bloggers

Events in Ukraine are changing quickly. After a bloody Thursday that featured some of the worst internecine fighting in recent memory, the past week brought one challenge after another for the fledgling interim government in Kiev. Yanukovych, now a wanted criminal, fled the capital for Russia, …

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A 35-Step Guide To Understanding Why Russia Decided To Follow The Olympics With A War

After the Sochi Olympics, Putin invaded Ukraine. How months of anti-government protests led to the current standoff.

Russian Takeover Of Crimea Leaves Ethnic Tatars Population In Panic

The Tatars, an ethnic Turkic people who are largely secular Muslims, have launched protests against the presence of Russian forces in Crimea.

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The red flags the West ignored about Putin’s Russia

BOSTON (MarketWatch)—Why is anyone surprised by Vladimir Putin’s actions?<p>Experts can jaw all they like on the TV talk shows: Anyone who has followed …

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FORMER AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA: 'Moscow Understands Only Force And Willingness To Sacrifice Human Lives'

It is time to face some unpleasant facts. History - and force - is back with a vengeance, thanks to Kremlin belligerence, as I predicted last fall. Unless Europe wants to confront endless intimidation and worse at the hands of a resurgent Russia, it must dispense with pleasing nonsense and address …

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Kerry to Ukraine as World Calls for Calm in Crimea

World<p>Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine on Tuesday to meet with both legislators and civilians, the Obama administration announced Sunday afternoon as European leaders called for calm in the midst of international outrage over Russia’s hostile takeover of Crimea.<p>A senior …

Nato warns that Russia is risking Europe's peace and security

Tensions rise as Vladimir Putin mobilises all reservists and US Secretary of State John Kerry flies into Kiev<p>Ukraine has mobilised for war amid warnings from Nato that Russia's annexation of Crimea "threatens peace and security in Europe".<p>With tension nearing boiling point, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, …