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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.

Mar 18, 2014

Ukrainian serviceman killed, PM decries “war crime”

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.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea “sovereignty”

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.

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.