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March 10, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry has delayed plans for a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week amid an impasse between the two countries over Ukraine. A Kerry trip to Moscow was under discussion in recent days and might have been held as early as Monday. But it was postponed pending “concrete evidence that Russia is prepared to engage” on U.S. proposals for resolving the crisis, Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters Monday.
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WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The rhetorical contest over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula escalated Friday with Russian lawmakers pledging to welcome the region into Moscow's fold after a planned referendum on secession and the government in Kiev declaring any such vote illegitimate. “No one in the civilized world” will recognize the validity of the referendum initiated by pro-Russian representatives in Crimea's regional assembly and scheduled March 16, warned Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In a generally downbeat assessment of the Ukraine crisis, the just-departed U.S. ambassador to Russia said Friday he believes chances are “slim” for Western diplomatic efforts to convince Russia to end its seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region. Former Ambassador Michael McFaul, who had a major role in shaping U.S. policy until his retirement last month, told a group of journalists that while U.S. sanctions could hurt Russian businesses - especially if they include banking penalties - they aren't likely to dissuade President Vladimir Putin from annexing Crimea.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Russian soldiers outside an army base in this Crimean city had demands Monday for the Ukrainian soldiers inside: Pledge allegiance to the Russian military or put their weapons in storage, abandon their post and go home. The Ukrainians refused. "They must know that should they attempt to storm the base, we will fight back until the last drop of our blood," Col. Sergei Stashenko, the site's Ukrainian commander, told The Times. "Whatever they are up to, we will not allow them to get hold of our weapons.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - As thousands of Russian and Ukrainian troops stare each other down in Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula, the worlds-apart views from Moscow and Washington over the dangerous faceoff suggested Tuesday that a resolution was far from imminent. At the same time, signs emerged from the Kremlin and Kiev that both sides were wary of escalating the crisis, in which one nervous reaction could spark a shooting war. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, during a visit Tuesday to the Ukrainian capital, accused Russia of gun-barrel diplomacy and brutish behavior more befitting the war-racked 19th century.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's plans to impose punitive economic sanctions on Russia - potentially its strongest response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine - already are facing resistance from administration allies in Congress and Europe. Although administration officials say they are prepared to freeze assets of top Russian officials and possibly target state-run financial institutions, European allies - who are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas supplies - signaled they aren't ready to follow suit.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine -- Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted in a televised interview Tuesday that he has the right to use “all means” necessary to protect Russians in Ukraine, but said he had yet to deploy additional forces to the Crimean peninsula where Russia maintains its Black Sea naval fleet and other military installations. The Kremlin leader said he did not recognize the authority of Ukraine's parliament and considered fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovich, now taking refuge in Russia, to be the legitimate leader of Ukraine.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By Edward W. Walker
The causes of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine are many, but most fundamentally its roots can be found in an enormously consequential decision made by the United States and its allies in the early 1990s. Faced with a strategic challenge of constructing a new security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, the decision was made to embark on a program of gradual NATO expansion to the east. A first round of accession took place in 1999, with membership for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
WORLD
February 28, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - Authorities closed airspace over Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and at least five Russian transport planes landed at a military air strip near the regional capital late Friday, as the country's acting president accused Moscow of trying to seize territory. A duty officer at the Simferopol airport said that all commercial takeoffs and landings had been canceled from the Crimean regional capital's airport for at least 24 hours. In Kiev, Oxana Ozhigova , a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian capital's Borispol airport, confirmed that flights to and from Simferopol had been suspended.
WORLD
February 26, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine --Clashes in Ukraine on Wednesday between demonstrators supporting Russian involvement in the Crimea region and those opposed left one person dead of an apparent heart attack and many others injured, officials said. The violence in Simferopol, the capital of Crimea in southern Ukraine, came as thousands of members of the Tatar ethnic minority rallying in support of Ukraine's interim government clashed with demonstrators who favor Russian influence on the area. The opposing sides gathered outside the parliament building in Simferopol.
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