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Putin signs decree on Crimea joining Russian Federation

Putin signs decree on Crimea joining Russian Federation

MOSCOW, March 21 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday that ratifies the treaty to reunify Ukraine's breakaway Crimea with Russia.
Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

BRUSSELS, March 20 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian naval commander detained for a day in Sevastopol was among the seven people released by Crimean authorities Thursday, officials said.
Russia recognizes Crimea after it secedes from Ukraine

Russia recognizes Crimea after it secedes from Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 17 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea's independence from Ukraine as the EU and United States imposed sanctions against Moscow.

Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Kerry: Putin won't decide anything on Ukraine until secession vote

Kerry: Putin won't decide anything on Ukraine until secession vote

LONDON, March 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. top diplomat ended talks with his Russian counterpart Friday saying Moscow isn't ready to decide anything on Ukraine until Crimea's secession vote.
Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

Russian troops mass near Ukraine border for military drills

KIEV, Ukraine, March 13 (UPI) -- Russia's military began new drills near Ukraine Thursday despite a warning from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russia would suffer if it didn't back off.

Kerry: 'Serious' consequences if Crimea votes to secede

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate panel Thursday Russia faces "serious" consequences" if the Crimean referendum is held.
Fabius: Sanctions against Russia could take effect within days

Fabius: Sanctions against Russia could take effect within days

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- Western countries Tuesday pressed plans to impose sanctions on Russia for its role in the unrest in neighboring Ukraine, particularly in Crimea.
West to impose sanctions on Russia unless they agree to U.S. proposal

West to impose sanctions on Russia unless they agree to U.S. proposal

LONDON, March 11 (UPI) -- Western nations called on Russia to accept the U.S. proposal for discussions on Ukraine or else risk facing sanctions, which could be imposed in a few days.
Ananth Baliga
President Obama confers with world leaders on crisis in Ukraine

President Obama confers with world leaders on crisis in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama Saturday called the leaders of Britain, France, Italy, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania to confer on the crisis in the Ukraine.
Kerry: Russia needs to talk directly to Ukraine government

Kerry: Russia needs to talk directly to Ukraine government

PARIS, March 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to talk directly to the new Ukraine government Thursday, an aide said.
Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

Kerry: Ukraine's territorial integrity 'must be restored, respected'

PARIS, March 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday urged de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine as diplomatic talks in Paris failed to resolve the situation.
Crimean prime minister says most Ukrainian troops surrendering

Crimean prime minister says most Ukrainian troops surrendering

KIEV, Ukraine, March 4 (UPI) -- Ukrainian troops in the autonomous Crimea region have surrendered to Russian troops, the region's prime minister said, a statement denied by officials in Kiev.

Obama warns Moscow of 'costs' if Russia intervenes in Ukraine

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Friday cautioned Russia "there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."
Viktor Yanukovych stakes claim as Ukraine's legitimate leader

Viktor Yanukovych stakes claim as Ukraine's legitimate leader

MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych staked his claim as Ukraine's legitimate leader while gunmen seized the pro-Russia Crimea regional Parliament Thursday.

Ukraine protesters give Cabinet candidates mixed reaction

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Nominees for Ukraine's nascent interim Cabinet were presented to tens of thousands of protesters at their main camp in Kiev Wednesday.
'Fence-sitting' best option for Ukraine, Russian media says

'Fence-sitting' best option for Ukraine, Russian media says

MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Russia's state-backed news agency RIA Novosti said Wednesday the best option for Kremlin policymakers would be to sit on the sidelines of the Ukrainian fray.

Russia says it won't interfere in Ukraine's affairs

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Russia won't interfere with events in Ukraine and expects other countries to follow its lead, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Ashton in Kiev to push political momentum forward

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Ukraine's next government needs to be inclusive and free from outside interference.
Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

Russia's Medvedev calls Ukraine's overthrow an armed mutiny

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday Moscow would not deal with what he termed armed mutineers in Kiev, Ukraine.
Russia: Ukrainian opposition flouted peace deal

Russia: Ukrainian opposition flouted peace deal

MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the Ukrainian opposition has flouted the peace deal and had seized power.
Aileen Graef

Ukraine interim President Turchynov calls for closer ties with EU

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday Ukraine must "return to the family of European countries" and will work more closely with the European Union.

Kerry blames Syria regime for deadlocked peace talks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Syrian regime for the peace-talks impasse while Syria's foreign minister said Washington created a negative atmosphere.

Syria negotiations focus on regime change with no compromise

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Russian officials in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday accused backers of the Syrian government's opposition of focusing solely on regime change in negotiations.

Russia, Egypt meet to discuss $4B arms deal

MOSCOW, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, signaling strengthening ties, officials said.
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