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Ukraine's Neo-Fascist Right Sector Leader Dmytro Yarosh to Run for President

Ukraine’s Neo-Fascist Right Sector Leader Dmytro Yarosh to Run for President

Ukraine’s leader of the far-right Pravy Sektor (Right Sector) paramilitary movement Dmytro Yarosh has announced his presidential bid in elections planned for 25 May. The ultra-nationalist movement’s chairman Andriy Tarasenko said that Right Sector will also become a political party. “Dmytro Yarosh will run for president,” he said. “We are preparing for a congress, at which the party will be… Read more →

Russian soldiers attack Ukrainian military base in Crimea

Russian soldiers attack Ukrainian military base in Crimea

Ukrainian leaders call for a united Western front against Russian aggression; Russia: It hopes to avoid a new Cold War, but sanctions would ‘boomerang.’ Russian troops on Friday attacked a Ukranian military base 5 kilometers from the Ukranian city Sevastopol, located on the Black Sea coast of the Crimean peninsula. According to early reports, members of a pro-Russia militia used… Read more →

Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

MOSCOW/SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement that Moscow and Washington were still far apart on the situation in the former Soviet republic, where he said the new authorities had taken “absolutely illegitimate decisions on the eastern, southeastern and Crimea regions.

“Russia cannot ignore calls for help and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said.

Ukraine’s border guards said Moscow had poured troops into the southern peninsula where Russian forces have seized control.

Serhiy Astakhov, an aide to the border guards’ commander, said there were now 30,000 Russian soldiers in Crimea, compared to 11,000 permanently based with the Russian Black Sea fleet in the port of Sevastopol before the crisis.

Putin denies that the forces with no national insignia that are surrounding Ukrainian troops in their bases are under Moscow’s command, although their vehicles have Russian military plates. The West has ridiculed this claim.

 

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Russia Today Changes Map to Make Crimea Part of Russia

On Friday, Russia Today, the television network sponsored by the Kremlin and broadcast in the United States, changed the colors on its maps to reflect the notion that Crimea was actually a part of Russia. Note the colors in the background on this map above.

On Thursday, the Crimean parliament voted to join Russia and break away from Ukraine; the referendum on the issue is expected on March 16. The United States and Ukraine have already condemned the referendum as illegitimate.

Crimea was historically a part of Russia until 1954, when then USSR head Nikita Khruschev, a Ukrainian, handed Crimea over to Ukraine.

 

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Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis

(Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum on the decision in 10 days’ time in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally… Read more →

US destroyer en route to Black Sea for 'routine' drills

US destroyer en route to Black Sea for ‘routine’ drills

Washington (AFP) – A US guided-missile destroyer is en route to the Black Sea but naval officials said Thursday it was a “routine” deployment that was planned before the crisis unfolded in Ukraine. The USS Truxtun departed the Greek port of Souda Bay Thursday to carry out joint training with Romanian and Bulgarian forces, the US Navy said in a… Read more →

London's lucrative Russia ties hang over sanctions debate

London’s lucrative Russia ties hang over sanctions debate

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Office for National Statistics says as many of the country’s residents were born in Mauritius and Cyprus as in Russia. The fact British newspapers haven’t coined Mauritian or Cypriot equivalents to “Londongrad” and “Moscow-on-the-Thames” to describe the capital underlines the special social and economic impact Russians have had on Britain in the past decade and a… Read more →

EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova

EU vs. Moscow: Russia Tries to Woo Back Moldova

As Moldova prepares to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union, Russia is stepping up attempts to keep the country in its fold. It has found some willing helpers in the country. If Mihail Formuzal had his way, the revolution in Kiev never would have happened. Then, Moldova would choose Russia instead of Europe, and the planned Association Agreement with the EU would… Read more →

Raw: Shooting Incident at Airbase in Ukraine

 
Russian troops who had taken control of the Belbek air base in the Crimea region fired warning shots into the air on Tuesday as around 300 Ukrainian soldiers, who previously manned the airfield, demanded their jobs back.

Crimean authorities to cut power, water to Ukrainian troops

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian authorities in Crimea will cut off water and electricity to Ukrainian soldiers in bases surrounded by Russian forces on Monday night, a Russian former lawmaker loyal to President Vladimir Putin said.

Sergei Markov, who held meetings with pro-Russian authorities on the Ukrainian peninsula earlier on Monday, told reporters the soldiers would also be told they would not receive their next pay packet if they did not publicly renounce their loyalty to the new provisional government in Kiev, the capital.

“If they stay here and remain loyal to Kiev and the Ukrainian government, it will become more uncomfortable for them,” said Markov, who sits in a Kremlin-backed public policy chamber. “The pressure is going to increase tonight.”

 

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