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Mar 26, 2014

Russia frees Ukrainian officers ‘illegally’ held in Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – An airbase commander who has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance in Crimea was released by Russian forces after being “illegally” detained, Ukraine’s acting president said on Wednesday.

The freeing of Colonel Yuliy Mamchur, along with three fellow officers, follows Russia’s takeover of the last military ship controlled by Ukraine in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula whose largely bloodless annexation Ukraine refuses to recognize.

Mar 25, 2014

G7 warns Russia of more sanctions if Ukraine crisis escalates

THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Crimea (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and major industrialized allies warned Russia on Monday it faced damaging economic sanctions if President Vladimir Putin takes further action to destabilize Ukraine following the seizure of Crimea.

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, meeting without Russia, agreed to hold their own summit this year instead of attending a planned G8 meeting in the Russian Olympic venue of Sochi, along the Black Sea coast from Crimea, and to suspend their participation in the G8 until Russia changes course.

Mar 24, 2014

Obama seeks allied, China support as Ukraine exits Crimea

THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Crimea (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought support from European allies and China on Monday to isolate Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and Ukraine told its remaining troops to leave the region after Russian forces overran one of Kiev’s last bases there.

Obama, who has imposed tougher sanctions on Moscow than European leaders over its takeover of the Black Sea peninsula, will seek backing for his firm line at a meeting with other leaders of the G7 – a group of industrialized nations that excludes Russia, which joined in 1998 to form the G8.

Mar 24, 2014

Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea

FEODOSIA/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine
announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from
Crimea on Monday, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face
of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining
Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.

Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been besieged on bases in
Crimea, offering no armed resistance but refusing to surrender,
since President Vladimir Putin declared Moscow’s right to
intervene at the start of the month.

Mar 24, 2014

Obama opens crisis talks in Europe as Ukraine pulls forces from Crimea

THE HAGUE/FEODOSIA, Ukraine, March 24 (Reuters) – - U.S.
President Barack Obama began crisis talks with his European
allies on Monday after Ukraine announced the evacuation of its
troops from Crimea, effectively yielding the region to Russian
forces which stormed one of Kiev’s last bases there.

Obama, who has imposed tougher sanctions on Moscow than
European leaders over its seizure of the Black Sea peninsula,
will seek support for his firm line at a meeting with other
leaders of the G7 – a group of industrialised nations that
excludes Russia, which joined in 1998 to form the G8.

Mar 24, 2014

Russian troops seize Ukraine marine base in Crimea: soldiers

FEODOSIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Russian troops forced their way into a Ukrainian marine base in the Crimean port city of Feodosia early on Monday, overrunning one of the few symbols of resistance left after Moscow wrestled the peninsula away from Kiev, defending soldiers inside said.

The Russians used stun grenades and fired automatic weapons as they charged in, a Ukrainian military official said. Ukrainian flags had been taken down from flagpoles inside the base.

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.