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Mar 17, 2014

U.S., EU impose sanctions after Crimea applies to join Russia

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS, March 17 (Reuters) – The United States
and the European Union imposed sanctions including asset freezes
and travel bans on a small group of officials from Russia and
Ukraine after Crimea applied to join Russia on Monday following
a weekend referendum.

Crimea’s leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent result
in favour of seceding from Ukraine in a vote condemned as
illegal by Kiev and the West.

Mar 17, 2014

Crimea asks to join Russia after Soviet-style vote

SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Crimea formally applied to join Russia on Monday after its leaders declared a Soviet-style 97-percent vote in favor of quitting Ukraine in a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West that will trigger immediate sanctions.

European Union foreign ministers met in Brussels to decide on visa bans and asset freezes against Russian and Crimean officials held responsible for Moscow’s military seizure of the southern Ukrainian region that is home to its Black Sea fleet.

Mar 16, 2014

Tense Crimea votes overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine for Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum on Sunday that has alarmed the former Soviet republic and triggered the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

According to results of an exit poll announced first on Russian media, 93 percent of voters backed a union with Moscow, 60 years after Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, an ethnic Ukrainian, gifted Crimea to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic on an apparent whim.

Mar 16, 2014

Tense Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Crimeans decided on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum that has alarmed the ex-Soviet republic and triggered the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

Thousands of Russian troops have taken control of the Black Sea peninsula, and Crimea’s pro-Russian leaders have sought to ensure the vote is tilted in Moscow’s favor.

Mar 15, 2014

Crimeans set to vote in referendum to leave Ukraine for Russia

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Crimeans decide on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum that has infuriated Kiev and triggered the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

Thousands of Russian troops have taken control of the Black Sea peninsula, and Crimea’s pro-Russian leaders have worked hard to ensure that the vote is tilted in Moscow’s favour.

Mar 15, 2014

Crimeans get ready to vote under heavy military presence

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine to Moscow, despite the threat of sanctions and condemnation from Western governments.

Sunday’s vote, dismissed by Kiev as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, and ratcheted up tensions not only in Crimea but also eastern Ukraine, where two people were killed in clashes late on Friday.

Mar 15, 2014

Crimea prepares for referendum under heavy military presence

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine to Moscow, despite the threat of sanctions and condemnation from Western governments.

Sunday’s vote, dismissed by Kiev as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, and ratcheted up tensions not only in Crimea but also eastern Ukraine, where two people were killed in clashes late on Friday.

Mar 14, 2014

Serbian paramilitaries join pro-Russian forces in Crimea

BAKCHISARAY, Ukraine (Reuters) – Bearded men in camouflage uniforms and black fur hats and armed with knives, were checking traffic on Thursday along the busy road linking Crimea’s regional capital of Simferopol and the naval port of Sevastopol.

A black flag with a skull, the standard of Serbian nationalists, and a Serbian national flag fluttered in the wind alongside the Russian tricolor, bringing back images from the turbulent events of the 1990s in the Balkans.

Mar 13, 2014

Crimea leader sees over 80 percent backing Russia union

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – The leader of Crimea’s separatist authorities said more than 80 percent of the region’s people supported the break with Ukraine and union with Russia that they will vote on in a referendum on Sunday.

Sergei Aksyonov, who came to power as Russian-backed forces seized the Black Sea peninsula last week, dismissed opponents’ accusations that he will fix the outcome on Moscow’s orders.

Mar 13, 2014

EU moves toward sanctions on Russians; Obama meets Ukraine PM

BRUSSELS/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on a framework on Wednesday for its first sanctions on Russia since the Cold War, a stronger response to the Ukraine crisis than many expected and a mark of solidarity with Washington in the drive to make Moscow pay for seizing Crimea.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia it faced costs from the West unless it changed course in Ukraine, and pledged to “stand with Ukraine” as he met with the country’s new prime minister in Washington.