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Crimea holds referendum on whether to join Russia amidst turmoil

Crimea braced for a referendum on Sunday on whether to leave Ukraine and join Russia, escalating a Cold War-style security crisis on Europe’s eastern edge that has left diplomacy in disarray. Around 1.5 million people are being called to vote on the rugged diamond-shaped peninsula, which is inhabited mostly by…

Germany’s Merkel rebukes Vladimir Putin over proposed Crimea referendum

By Andrew Osborn SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine’s constitution. Putin defended breakaway moves by pro-Russian leaders in Crimea, where Russian forces…

House passes bill allowing for guaranteed loans to Ukraine

The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved U.S. financial aid to crisis-plagued Ukraine, but the Senate is unlikely to take up the measure until at least next week. The lower chamber of Congress voted 385 to 23 in favor of the loan guarantees, the first tangible congressional response to…

Black Monday: Panicked Russian markets crash 10 percent over Ukraine

Moscow (AFP) – Russian stock markets Monday crashed almost 10 percent and the ruble plunged to historic lows in value against the dollar and euro, as alarm grew over the potentially disastrous economic consequences of military intervention in Ukraine. Russia’s central bank hiked its main interest rate in an emergency…

Palin says ‘I-Told-Ya-So’ on Ukraine prediction: ‘I could see this one from Alaska’

Sarah Palin is claiming that she has been vindicated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” Palin said Friday in a Facebook post. “I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by…

Russian state TV cancels live Oscars show due to increasingly volitale situation in Ukraine

Russian state television announced Sunday it was cancelling live coverage of the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood because of the crisis over Ukraine. Channel One, the most watched station in Russia, was scheduled to show the glitzy movie awards event between……

Russian state television cancels Oscars coverage over Ukraine unrest

Russian state TV cancels live Oscars show over Ukraine (via AFP) Russian state television announced Sunday it was cancelling live coverage of the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood because of the crisis over Ukraine. Channel One, the most watched station in Russia, was scheduled to show the glitzy movie awards event…

Taking on Russia would be ‘David vs. Goliath’ fight for Ukraine

Ukraine would face David-and-Goliath battle against Russia (via AFP) Ukraine has placed its army on full combat alert, but with ageing equipment and limited personnel, it has remained cautiously defensive in the face of an incursion by Russian forces. Since the Russian parliament gave the green light on Saturday for……

Russian television’s ‘propaganda war’ in Ukraine blames U.S. mercenaries for uprising

Russia launches ‘propaganda’ war over Ukraine (via AFP) Russia launched an all-out propaganda campaign Sunday to whip up support for possible military action in Ukraine, as state media and ruling party officials claimed armed marauders were terrorising the ex-Soviet nation. Kremlin-controlled media aired…   [Image via AFP]…

Ukraine mobilizes army as West warns Russia

Ukraine warned Sunday it was on the brink of disaster and called up all military reservists after Russia's threat to invade its neighbour drew a sharp rebuke from the United States and NATO. The dramatic escalation in what threatens to blow up into……

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