Posted by Associated Press on March 17, 2014
UPDATE: 3/18/2014 7:57am
President Vladimir Putin has defended Russia’s move to annex Crimea, saying that the rights of ethnic Russians have been abused by the Ukrainian government.
In a televised address to the nation today, Putin says Crimea’s vote Sunday to join Russia is in line with international law, reflecting its right for self-determination.
He points at the example of Kosovo’s independence bid, …
Posted by FM News 101 KXL on March 1, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine by pulling his forces back to bases in the country’s Crimean region and to refrain from any interference elsewhere in Ukraine.
The White House says Obama delivered that message to Putin during a 90-minute telephone conversation.
But Obama’s request was unlikely to be …
Posted by Associated Press on February 21, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a fast-moving day that aimed to reshape Ukraine’s political destiny, protest leaders and the beleaguered president agreed Friday to form a new government and hold an early election. Parliament slashed the powers of President Viktor Yanukovych and voted to free his rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, from prison.
It was a crucial shift in Ukraine’s …