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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

President Traian Basescu speaks during interview with The Associated Press on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Cotroceni Palace which houses the president’s offices. (AP Photo/Eugen Oprina)

Romania: Putin is creating a Black Sea barrier

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president said Monday that Russia has created a chain of conflicts around the Black Sea to further President Vladimir Putin’s goal of rebuilding the former Soviet Union along its former […]

03/17/2014

President Barack Obama speaks about Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama announces sanctions on Russian officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President […]

03/17/2014

Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, late Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

Crimea declares independence; West hits back

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crimea’s declaration of independence Monday from Ukraine triggered the toughest Western sanctions against Russia since the Cold War — with Washington and the European Union retaliating with asset freezes and travel […]

03/17/2014

A woman holds a poster against war at Kiev's Independence Square, in Ukraine, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

In Crimea, uncertainty grips Ukraine’s military

PEREVALNYE, Ukraine (AP) — In the eastern reaches of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, witnesses report advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles being offloaded and readied for movement. At a base near the naval port of Sevastopol, an air […]

03/15/2014

A Crimean Tatar girl walks on stilts at the end of a protest against the country's breakup outside Simferopol, Ukraine, Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

US, West brace for Crimea vote to leave Ukraine

LONDON (AP) — The West braced Friday for a vote by the Crimean Peninsula to secede from Ukraine — and likely be annexed by Russia — as the last attempt for diplomacy broke down despite […]

03/14/2014

US President Barack Obama (l) in a 2012 meeting with Xi Jinping, when he was Vice President of China, at the White House Oval Office. (AP Photo)

US: Obama, China agree on Ukraine sovereignty

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed on the need to reduce tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula, the White House said, as the U.S. seeks Beijing’s backing for efforts […]

03/10/2014

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk across the tarmac following their arrival on Marine One helicopter at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., to begin their weekend vacation. White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended Obama's trip to Key Largo, despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, arguing Obama would be able to monitor events from Florida. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to […]

03/08/2014

A Ukrainian officer stands outside the gate of a military base at the Black Sea port of Sevastopol in Crimea, Ukraine, Saturday, March 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

4 nations urge US gas exports amid Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine. […]

03/08/2014

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)

Russia in patriotic fervor over Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia was swept up in patriotic fervor Friday for bringing Crimea back into its territory, with tens of thousands of people thronging Red Square waving flags and chanting “Crimea is Russia!” as […]

03/07/2014

A woman holds a poster against war at Kiev's Independence Square, in Ukraine, Thursday, March 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Crimea sets vote to break away from Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the […]

03/06/2014

President Barack Obama pauses as he talks about the situation in Ukraine, Thursday, March 6, 2104, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said a referendum for Ukraine's Crimea region to separate and become part of Russia would violate international law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Obama: West won’t let Kremlin carve up Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered the West’s first sanctions in response to Russia’s military takeover of Crimea on Thursday, declaring his determination not to let the Kremlin carve up Ukraine. He asserted that […]

03/06/2014

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