Summary "If there is a referendum and it votes to move Crimea out of Ukraine and to Russia, we won't recognize it and most of the world won't either," deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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Summary Seventeen member states of the 57-nation Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, including the United States, have so far confirmed they will take part in the changed mission. It was the third straight day the OSCE mission had been turned back while trying to cross the narrow isthmus connecting the isolated Black Sea peninsula to the rest of Ukraine.
Summary And the US knew that Russia was laying the ground to make a move on the strategically useful peninsula. Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, March 11, 2014. Dan Murphy is a staff writer for the Monitor's international desk, focused on the Middle East.
Summary As the referendum on Crimea's future draws close, the authorities there adopt a declaration of independence, saying there's already a precedent for the move, set by the UN decision on Kosovo. Ultra-nationalist groups are trying to plunge Ukraine into civil conflict as the West turns a blind eye - the country's ousted President speaks out for the first time in nearly a fortnight.
Summary "The Russian foreign ministry considers the decision of the parliament of Crimea absolutely lawful," the ministry said in a statement on its website ahead of a Sunday referendum on whether the region should become part of Russia.
Summary Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a news conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow March 4, 2014. Former and current officials paint a picture of a leader who counts on the unswerving loyalty of a handful of advisers from his administration and security services to draft policy that has plunged relations with the West to a new post-Cold War low.
Summary Despite protests between pro-Ukraine forces against Russia's hold on Crimea, a pro-Russian force opened fire while seizing a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Monday. Listen to the rest of her interview here...[ LarsLarson ].
Summary The hold of Kiev's new Western-backed leaders on the separatist region loosened still further when pro-Kremlin gunmen seized the air traffic control tower at Crimea's main international airport and cancelled all flights except for those to and from Moscow. Last month's rise to power in Kiev of nationalist leaders with cultural and political links to Europe prompted Putin to seek the right to use force against Ukraine in defence of the country's Russian speakers.
Summary Ukraine is an important transit route for shipping Russian gas by pipeline to the EU, which relies on Moscow for about a third of its supplies. "South Stream is confidently moving ahead. Agreements on the laying of the first leg of the pipeline will be signed before the end of March, as well as agreements on the supplies of pipelines for the second leg," Gazprom said after the South Stream consortium, which it leads, met in Switzerland.
Summary That could offer a way of de-escalating the standoff between Russia and the West. "From the Russian side, the necessity was underlined of taking into complete account the interests of all Ukrainians and all regions in the search for an exit from the crisis and also the respect of the right of the residents of Crimea to determine their fate on their own in accordance with the norms of international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Summary KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Crimea's Parliament said Tuesday that if the public votes to become part of Russia, the peninsula will declare itself independent and propose becoming a Russian state. "From the Russian side, the necessity was underlined of taking into complete account the interests of all Ukrainians and all regions in the search for an exit from the crisis and also the respect of the right of the residents of Crimea to determine their fate on their own in accordance with the norms of international law," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Summary Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel labelled Russia's action in Ukraine?Merkel told the conservative legislators that Russia had effectively "stolen" the peninsula and added that "one can call it an annexation", the party source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Summary KIEV/SEVASTOPOL (Reuters) - Ukraine's interim leaders established a new National Guard on Tuesday and appealed to the United States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty.
Summary Draxler limped off the field in the opening minutes of Friday's 1-0 win. Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said on the club's website that Draxler appears to have "a serious muscle injury" and he doesn't expect Draxler to play again in the season's first half.
Summary I got trampled. "You've got to meet the rest of the guys." Several of the riders weave slalom-style through the road-work cones down the middle of the street. From there, it's a quick trip to the shop.
Summary A 17-year-old boy was charged with attempted murder after police shot him Wednesday night during a shootout in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. . When the officers approached the 17-year-old and announced who they were, the boy turned and fired the gun in their direction, the release said.
Summary Students at Theodore Roosevelt High School explore iPads provided by L.A. Unified, part of the district's $1.3-billion technology program. The communications with the board and representatives from Apple and Pearson far exceeded those with other vendors vying for a share of the $1.3-billion initiative to provide a computer, loaded with curriculum, to every student, teacher and campus administrator.