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Ukrainian soldier killed in Crimea after military base stormed by gunman

Ukraine said one of its soldiers had been killed in Crimea Tuesday in the first case of bloodshed since Russian troops and pro-Kremlin militia seized the rebel peninsula almost three weeks ago. Regional defence ministry spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov told AFP the soldier had died after being shot in the neck…

Obama imposes sanctions on Putin’s aides and others over Crimean separation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on 11 Russians and Ukrainians on Monday blamed for Russia’s military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obama’s order freezes any assets in the United States and bans travel into the country of 11 people…

Strongman Putin’s bid for Crimea could destroy Russian economy

Putin takes economic gamble with Crimea swoop (via AFP) Russia is facing a prolonged period of low growth due to a failure to implement reform, is suffering from disturbing capital flight and the ruble is coming under sustained market pressure. So is it really the best time for President Vladimir…

Crimea asks to join Russia, plans referendum

Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea on Thursday asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation, which will be put to a referendum on March 16. "The parliament of Crimea has adopted a motion for……

Chief of the Ukrainian Navy defects, joins pro-Russian Crimean forces

Ukraine navy chief switches allegiance to Crimea pro-Russia authorities (via AFP) Ukraine’s navy chief announced Sunday he had switched allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities of the flashpoint peninsula of Crimea, a day after he was appointed to the post by interim leader Oleksandr Turchynov. “I swear to execute the orders…

Russia risks losing G8 membership over Crimea: U.S.

US Secretary of State John Kerry bluntly warned Russia on Sunday that it risked losing its place among the prestigious Group of 8 developed nations over its deployment of troops in Crimea. Kerry warned President Vladimir Putin that "he is not going……

Armed men with Russian flags take control of Crimean airport

Some 50 armed men on Friday seized the airport of Crimea’s capital Simferopol, a day after pro-Russian gunmen took over government buildings in the city, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported, citing witnesses. The armed men carrying Russian navy flags took control of the airport overnight after arriving in trucks, the report…

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