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.
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.
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.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/KIEV, March 18 (Reuters) – A Ukrainian
serviceman was killed on Tuesday at a Ukrainian base that came
under attack in Crimea’s main town Simferopol, the first death
on the peninsula from a military clash since the region came
under Russian control three weeks ago.
As news spread of the death of the serviceman, in an assault
on the base by unknown attackers, Ukraine’s pro-Western prime
minister denounced it as a “war crime” and called for
international talks to prevent an escalation of the conflict.
SIMFEROPOL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.
The moves heightened the most serious East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War, following a disputed referendum in the Black Sea peninsula on Sunday in which Crimea’s leaders declared a Soviet-style, 97-percent vote to secede from Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.