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 […]


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 […]


From left, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speak with each other during a meeting at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 6, 2014. EU heads of state meet Thursday in emergency session to discuss the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

EU slaps initial sanctions on Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union suspended talks with Russia on a wide-ranging economic pact and a visa agreement Thursday in response to its military incursion into Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, threatening tougher sanctions unless Moscow […]


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Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine

Voters in Russia-friendly Crimea will have a chance on March 16 to secede from Ukraine and join Moscow. An emergency summit in Europe seeks to deal with a response to Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine. […]


French President Francois Hollande, left, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and  French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, right, talk together while German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, background left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov background right, talk together behind them during a break of a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Alain Jocard, Pool)

Russia, West try to hammer out Ukraine diplomacy

PARIS (AP) — Facing off in Europe’s capitals Wednesday, Russia and the West began building the elements of a diplomatic solution to Europe’s gravest crisis since the Cold War — even as the West appeared […]


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departs after speaking to reporters about the Ukraine crisis following his meetings with other foreign ministers  in Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo / Kevin Lamarque, pool)

Efforts fail for Russia-Ukraine diplomatic talks

PARIS (AP) — Western diplomats couldn’t bring together the Russian and Ukraine foreign ministers for a meeting Wednesday in Paris. The hope was that such a meeting could have helped start resolving the crisis in […]


Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet at the Russian Ambassador's Residence in Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

Pledged, planned and recalled aid for Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and the European Union have offered financial aid to Ukraine and Russia has halted its rescue program for the country. The moves are part of the international tussle over […]


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TV anchorwoman criticizes Kremlin on Ukraine (watch video here)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An anchorwoman on a Kremlin-funded TV network is standing by her criticism of Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine, saying she would rather risk her job and “go down on the right side […]


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Diplomatic exit for Ukraine?

Top diplomats from the West and Russia are trying to find an end to the crisis in Ukraine. Envoys from the Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Britain and France are meeting in Paris today, and there […]


Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The Shrine of the Fallen, located on Institutska Street, honors the fallen Heroes of the "Heavenly Sotnya" (Hundred). Over the course of the EuroMaidan protests, almost 100 protesters were killed by police. AP Photo/Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

US prepares $1B aid package for troubled Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a somber show of U.S. support for Ukraine’s new leadership, Secretary of State John Kerry walked the streets Tuesday where nearly 100 anti-government protesters were gunned down by police last […]


Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Vice President Joe Biden listen as President Barack Obama answers a question regarding the ongoing situation in the Ukraine, during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Monday, March 3, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Kerry will travel to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev tomorrow to meet with government officials and comes as the U.S. and other Western nations weigh a response to Russia's military advance into Ukraine. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

US, Europeans try to rally Western front vs Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S and major allies strained on Monday to rally a strong Western front to persuade Russia to step back from a military takeover of Ukraine’s strategic Crimea region. But several acknowledged […]


A Ukrainian soldier closes the naval base headquarter gate in the town of Novo-Ozerne, some 90 km west of the Crimean capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Monday March 3, 2014. For years, the little Crimean town was closed off from the rest of the world, a secretive community, at the edge of a key Soviet naval base, sealed by roadblocks and armed guards. There’s not much in town anymore. But the Russians want it. And the little forgotten town is now sharply divided, torn between those who welcomed the arrival here over the weekend of dozens of Russian soldiers wearing unmarked uniforms, and those who back the Ukrainians who are refusing to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Crisis in Crimea sharply divides small town

NOVO-OZERNE, Ukraine (AP) — For years, the little Crimean town was closed off from the rest of the world, a secretive community, at the edge of a key Soviet naval base, sealed by roadblocks and […]