Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a reception marking Victory Day in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin to face Western leaders at D-Day anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complicating the West’s efforts to isolate Russia, the Kremlin announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin will join President Barack Obama and European leaders in France next month for a ceremony marking the 70th […]

05/08/2014

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US: ‘No evidence’ of Russia pulling troops back

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there is “no evidence” that Russia has withdrawn troops from its border with Ukraine. The comments from White House spokesman Josh Earnest came shortly after Russian President Vladimir […]

05/07/2014

Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Putin says troops have pulled back from Ukraine border

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has pulled back its troops from the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin told diplomats Wednesday as he urged insurgents in southeastern Ukraine to postpone their planned referendum Sunday on autonomy. But the […]

05/07/2014

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Obama to Russia: More sanctions are teed up

President Obama is warning that if Russia doesn’t abide by an agreement to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, there will be further sanctions. Speaking during his visit to Asia, the president said militias and armed […]

04/24/2014

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

Analysis of new agreement in Ukraine

Diplomats reach an agreement to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, but pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in the region seem to say, “who cares?” So what happens now? Phil and Penny discussed this and more with […]

04/18/2014

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No tacos for you: NY restaurant chain ‘bans’ Putin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hey Putin, don’t even think about ordering a Super Mighty in Buffalo. Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the […]

04/04/2014

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

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

Ukrainian troops with white bands on their sleeves march past an unmarked Russian military vehicle outside a Ukrainian military base in Perevalne, Crimea, Ukraine, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrei Udovichenko)

Putin recognizes Crimean independence

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ignoring the toughest sanctions against Moscow since the end of the Cold War, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula as an “independent and sovereign country” on Monday, a bold […]

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

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