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In this Saturday, Feb, 22, 2014 file photo a large statue of a horse stands in the grounds of the then Ukrainian President Yanukovych's countryside residence in Mezhyhirya, which is about 20 kms (12.5 miles) north of the capital Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Yanukovych admits mistakes on Crimea

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Defensive and at times tearful, Ukraine’s ousted president conceded Wednesday that he made a mistake when he invited Russian troops into Crimea and vowed to try to negotiate with Vladimir Putin […]

04/02/2014

United Nations seal (AP Photo)

UN General Assembly votes ‘yes’ on Ukraine unity

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a sweeping rebuke of Moscow, the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly affirmed Ukraine’s territorial integrity and deemed the referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula illegal. […]

03/27/2014

President Barack Obama meets with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama to commit more forces to NATO efforts

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States plans to join with other NATO nations in increasing ground and naval forces in Eastern Europe as part of the military alliance’s response to Russia’s incursion in Ukraine, the […]

03/26/2014

In this photo taken Monday, March 24, 2014, a Ukrainian border guard, right, and Russian border guards, background, stand at the border crossing between Ukraine and Russia in the village of Vyselki, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Fear grips village divided between Russia, Ukraine

VYSELKI, Ukraine (AP) — The prospect of Russian troops marching into eastern Ukraine is accomplishing what a national border could not: dividing the villagers of Vyselki. Ever since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, […]

03/26/2014

Images of Natalia Poklonskaya, Crimea's attorney general, posted on YouTube.

Crimea’s new AG wins anime fans

Crimea’s newly-appointed attorney general has been turned into an anime star by adoring Japanese fans who are more focused on her looks than politics. 33- year-old Natalia Poklonskaya, has been the unwitting star of fan […]

03/25/2014

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Obama aide: ‘Possible’ Russia could enter Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House aide says it’s possible that Russia could invade eastern Ukraine, and even U.S. military assistance would be unlikely to prevent it. Deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken says […]

03/23/2014

FILE - In this March 17. 2014 photo, President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington.   Obama travels across the Atlantic next week and will seek a cohesive stance from European leaders unnerved by Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.   (AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama’s Europe ties get new test in Russia dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s complex relationship with Europe faces new challenges during a weeklong trip as he tries to persuade allied leaders to hold firm in efforts to punish Russia for its incursion […]

03/22/2014

In this March 21, 2014, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bills making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow. U.S. sanctions against a Russian bank and the Kremlin's inner circle have pinched Moscow, but if the goal is to get Putin to roll his forces out of Crimea or prevent him from doing any more land grabs, their effectiveness remains in doubt.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chirikov, Pool)

Are tougher penalties against Russia to come?

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. penalties against a Russian bank and the Kremlin’s inner circle have pinched Moscow, but their effectiveness is in doubt if the goal is to get President Vladimir Putin to roll back […]

03/22/2014

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, accompanied by White House press secretary Jay Carney, speaks during a briefing on President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, Friday, March 21, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Russia’s aggression will dominate Obama’s European trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing back against demands to supply arms to Ukraine, Obama administration officials said Friday that economic sanctions would remain the primary weapon as the U.S. and its European allies seek a diplomatic […]

03/21/2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, Speaker of Crimean legislature Vladimir Konstantinov, second left, Crimean Premier Sergei Aksyonov, left, and Sevastopol mayor Alexei Chalyi, right, shake hands after signing a treaty for Crimea to join Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow,  Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Ilnitsky, Pool)

Putin signs treaty to add Crimea to map of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western […]

03/18/2014

Pro-Putin demonstrators hold posters reading "Crimea is Russian land!" as they gather towards to Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. ”(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Russian oil exec defiant in face of sanctions

MOSCOW (AP) – The chief executive of Russia’s largest oil company and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin has spoken defiantly of possible sanctions by Western powers against him, threatening to move business elsewhere. […]

03/18/2014

Self defense volunteers line up outside the Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/David Azia)

Japan imposes sanctions on Russia over Crimea

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Tuesday imposed some modest sanctions on Russia for its recognition of Crimea as an independent state — suspending talks on relaxing visa requirements between the two countries and talks on […]

03/17/2014

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