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Mar 23, 2014

NATO commander warns of Russian threat to separatist Moldova region

BRUSSELS/FEODOSIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a “very sizeable” force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.

Russia was acting more like an adversary than a partner, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said, and the 28-nation alliance should rethink the positioning and readiness of its forces in eastern Europe.

Mar 23, 2014

Ukrainian marines in Crimea seek honorable retreat

FEODOSIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Their base has been overrun and their region annexed by Russia but the Ukrainian soldiers at Feodosia in Crimea are not giving up yet.

The Ukrainian flag and its marine standard fly alongside the Russian tricolor put up by the forces which seized the base of the 1st Separate Marine Battalion, Ukraine’s top military unit, earlier this month, as Russia took over the Black Sea peninsula.

Mar 22, 2014

Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control

BELBEK AIRBASE, Crimea (Reuters) – Russian troops used armored vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian forces also abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had to surrender two flagship vessels to Russian forces.

Mar 22, 2014

Some Ukrainians flee Crimea after Russia’s annexation

SIMFEROPOL, UKRAINE (Reuters) – As jubilant ethnic Russians celebrate Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian residents are mostly staying behind closed doors and some are packing their bags to leave the Black Sea peninsula.

In a small cafe in the old quarter of the regional capital Simferopol on Saturday, a group of Ukrainians gathered to watch Ukrainian news over the internet and to discuss their future.

Mar 21, 2014

Ukrainian troops leave Crimean bases as truce with Russia expires

SEVASTOPOL/PEREVALNOYE, Crimea (Reuters) – Unlike the unmarked masked soldiers who first seized Crimea three weeks ago, Russian paratroopers strolling across a field near the peninsula’s Perevalnoye military base, which they took over on Friday, wore their trademark blue berets and red star cockades.

In other parts of Crimea, Russian troops continued the takeover of Ukrainian positions.

Mar 20, 2014

Some Crimean servicemen, residents line up for Russian passports

SIMFEROPOL/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Military personnel and residents in Crimea rushed to apply for Russian passports and drop their Ukrainian citizenship on Thursday, as Moscow tightened its grip on the Black Sea peninsula it wrested away from Kiev.

Crimea voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining Russia in a weekend referendum, and while a narrow majority of the region’s 2 million population is Russian, many Ukrainians also supported the switch. Some did not, however, and intend to remain Ukrainian.

Mar 20, 2014

Russian forces seize two Ukrainian bases in Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States warned Moscow it was on a “dark path” to isolation on Wednesday as Russian troops seized two Ukrainian naval bases, including a headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol where they raised their flag.

The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, with the United States and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mar 19, 2014

Kiev threatens Crimea after Russian forces take over naval HQ

SEVASTOPOL/KIEV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Central powers in Kiev threatened Crimean authorities with reprisals on Wednesday if “provocations” against Ukrainian troops on the peninsula continued, after Russian troops seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean naval base and raised the Russian flag.

The tense but peaceful takeover of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol signaled Moscow’s intent to neutralize any armed opposition.

Mar 19, 2014

Russian forces storm Ukraine naval headquarters in Crimea

SEVASTOPOL/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian troops backed by unarmed volunteers stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Wednesday and raised the Russian flag, as Moscow tightened its control of the Black Sea peninsula.

The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, with the United States and Europe groping for ways to increase pressure on a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mar 19, 2014

Russian forces storm Ukraine naval HQ in Crimea

SEVASTOPOL/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian troops and unarmed men stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol on Wednesday and raised the Russian flag in a tense but peaceful takeover that signals Moscow’s intent to neutralize any armed opposition.

Russian soldiers, and so-called “self-defense” units of mainly unarmed volunteers who are supporting them across the Black Sea peninsula, moved in early in the morning and quickly took control.