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March 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The European Union has frozen the assets of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, two of his sons and more than a dozen advisors who it says are responsible for stealing state funds. Announcement of the blacklist Thursday came as leaders of the EU's 28 member countries gathered for an emergency summit in Brussels to try to forge a tough common response to Russia's incursion into Crimea. Most of the 18 individuals affected by the asset freeze are members of Yanukovich's inner circle who were involved in the bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Kiev.
March 6, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
YEVPATORIA, Ukraine -- Russian troops have at least temporarily lifted their blockade of several Ukrainian military installations in Crimea, commanders said Thursday. “Wednesday late at night the Russian paratroopers which deployed all over our base suddenly packed and went away,” said Lt. Col. Olexandr Lomako, deputy commander of Ukraine's anti-aircraft regiment stationed in Yevpatoria, a resort city about 60 miles northeast of Sevastopol. “But when leaving, their commander said that they will be back.” The Yevpatoria unit was one of many surrounded or invaded by unidentified gunmen last weekend as heavily armed troops in Russian military fatigues and Russian-registered vehicles moved onto the peninsula to take control of the airport, bases and other key installations.
March 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As Congress weighs imposing sanctions on Russia in response to military action in Crimea, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday the House would vote "soon" on an aid package for Ukraine. Money for Ukraine's embattled government would come in the form of a loan, Republican officials said, tapping into already funded accounts so approval would be easier in the fiscally conservative House. The Senate is working on its own measures to respond to the crisis in the former Soviet republic.
March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
It was supposed to be a final U.S. tune-up for this summer's World Cup. But what Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Ukraine in Cyprus proved is the American national soccer team likely needs a complete overhaul if it expects to be competitive in Brazil. A first-half goal by Andriy Yarmolenko and a second-half score by Marko Devic capped an emotional week for the Ukraine, which nearly canceled the match after Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula last weekend. Instead they turned the game into a display of patriotism.
March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
March 4, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Congratulations, Ukraine, you just won the lottery! Though, on this side of the world, it looks like we just gave $1 billion in aid to a country most Americans couldn't find on a map. Secretary of State John F. Kerry stopped off in Kiev on Tuesday, praising “these brave Ukrainians” who stood up to President Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed leader. Apparently, though, the “brave Ukrainians” are also the “broke Ukrainians.” PHOTOS: A peek inside 5 doomed dictators' opulent lifestyles As my colleague Carol J. Williams reported : “Kerry announced a $1-billion U.S. aid package to Ukraine and said the International Monetary Fund was working out details of a longer-term plan for rescuing the deeply indebted economy.
March 3, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Kremlin power play in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region escalated Sunday with Russian-backed authorities ordering Ukrainian army and navy units to surrender their weapons as an outraged international community warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risks censure for violating Ukraine's sovereignty. The United States accused Moscow of reinforcing an estimated 6,000 naval and ground troops in Crimea with additional personnel and announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry would fly to Kiev, Ukraine's capital, on Tuesday in a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.
March 3, 2014 | By Paul Thornton
According to much of Western punditry, Russia's military action in Ukraine's Crimea region is an unprovoked act of aggression by the increasingly autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin, who should stop meddling in the transition underway in Kiev after months of protests and even violence. Many of our readers see things differently. Though Putin is taking a fair amount of criticism from readers (some of whose letters will likely be published in Tuesday's paper), some said Moscow has legitimate concerns about the future of predominantly ethnic Russian Crimea and whether Ukraine orients itself more toward Europe.
March 1, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - The international conflict over Russia's military moves in Crimea escalated precariously Saturday as lawmakers in Moscow authorized the use of armed forces to protect their nation's interests and ethnic Russians in Ukraine and President Obama pressed President Vladimir Putin during a 90-minute phone call to back down. The unanimous vote in the upper house of the parliament came after Russian troops had already taken up positions in Crimea, the Ukrainian region that is home to Russia's Black Sea fleet, and in spite of Obama's warning Friday that "there will be costs" if Moscow intervenes in its neighbor's political upheaval.
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.
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