Summary Vice President Joe Biden urged Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to pull back Russian forces in Crimea in a phone call Monday morning, the latest development in the high-stakes standoff over Ukraine. "The Vice President urged Russia to pull back its forces, support the immediate deployment of international monitors to Ukraine, and begin a meaningful political dialogue with the Ukrainian government," the White House said in a statement.
Summary Crimea's situation is, as with many things in Ukraine's political crisis, compounded by a complicated history. The modern name ''Crimea'' seems to have come from the language of the Crimean Tatars, a Turkic ethnic group that emerged during the Crimean Khanate.
Summary Sergey Lavrov also called on Kiev to abide by an EU-sponsored deal that Moscow did not sign. The use of Russian troops is necessary "until the normalisation of the political situation" in Ukraine, Mr Lavrov said at an opening of a month-long session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Summary Meanwhile, Russia also pressed hard Monday for Ukrainian politicians to return to the Feb. 21 agreement that promised a new unity government -- with fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych back in power -- would rule until an early election no later than December.
Summary A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near armored vehicles on a military base in Lviv, Ukraine. Military vehicles, believed to be property of Russian army, are seen near the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol.
Summary In Crimea: Russia consolidated its hold on the peninsula. "There are no grounds for the use of force against civilians and Ukrainians, and for the entry of the Russian military contingent." In the markets: Stocks fell across the world as investors chewed on the potential impacts of a ramped-up conflict in Ukraine.
Summary Despite all the uproar among global leaders and diplomats, investors thus far remain unconvinced that the conflict in the Crimea will become anything more than a minor regional event. The volatility index would have to jump another 30%-35% just to match where it stood in early February, as investors seemed much more concerned about the cold weather's potential impact in causing a long-awaited correction in the stock market.
Summary The Russian navy issued an ultimatum Monday to Ukraine's military in Crimea to surrender at dawn in what British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Monday is the "biggest crisis in Europe of the 21st century." "We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and the President of the European Council and President of the European Commission, join together today to condemn the Russian Federation's clear violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in contravention of Russia's obligations under the U.N. Charter and its 1997 basing agreement with Ukraine," the leaders said in the statement.
Summary EU's Ashton says EU calls on Russia to withdraw troops to bases and hold consultations with Ukraine (Reuters). Negotiations are ongoing to maintain the cut price deal but if no agreement is reached the price could rise in the second quarter.
Summary For the past week, this 27-year-old aviation mechanic has been stuck at his base in Belbek, Sevastopol's military airport, surrounded by Russian forces and kept away from his wife and six-month-old baby. The Ukrainian soldiers were ordered by their superiors to avoid a confrontation and pulled back to the barracks, leaving their equipment and the runways to the Russian military.
Summary Authorities said Justin Moore was playing outside with his two young siblings when he accidentally set himself on fire with a gas can . Sheriff's deputies at the scene Monday said the fire scared the other two children into running toward the street, triggering a car wreck.
Summary The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the cost has averaged about $7.6 million a day since the bombing began in Iraq on Aug. 8. The U.S. military also is flying large numbers of aerial refueling and surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, and it has about 1,400 U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq.
Summary President Obama endorses net neutrality at a Silicon Valley event, Oct. 9. A few days later, Clinton took to the lectern at a San Francisco conference to declare that "with all the issues around the Internet, and there are many, about access, affordability, the big digital gap that exists, particularly between women and men, in developing and developed countries, it is absolutely clear to me that we have to keep the Internet open."
Summary CCTV footage shows a little girl outside Donetsk's Donbass Arena narrowly avoiding a falling piece of facade and shards of glass after intense shelling. The BBC reported Monday that the shockwave from a nearby explosion shattered part of the glass facade of the stadium.