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. From the mid-1400s it existed as the Crimean Khanate, a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire, during which time it became the centre of a roaring slave trade. 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 Russia's foreign minister has justified the use of Russian troops streaming into neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea region as a necessary protection for his country's citizens living there. 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 Russia's military moved from base to base in Crimea Monday, demanding Ukrainian forces surrender, but Ukrainian forces said there is no official Russian ultimatum that they're aware of, only psychological pressure and threats. Faced with the Russian threat, Ukraine's new government has moved to consolidate its authority, naming new regional governors in the pro-Russia east, enlisting the support of the country's wealthy businessmen and dismissing the head of the country's navy after he declared allegiance to the pro-Russian government in Crimea. NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels and the U.S., France and Britain debated the possibility of boycotting the next Group of Eight economic summit, to be held in June in Sochi, the host of Russia's successful Winter Olympics.
Summary Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea have demanded that the crew of two Ukrainian warships must surrender, according to Ukrainian sources. Ukrainian defence ministry spokesman Maksim Prauta said four Russian navy ships were blocking Ukraine's anti-submarine warship Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych in Sevastopol's harbour.
Summary A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near armored vehicles on a military base in Lviv, Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/IVAN BOBERSKYY. 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 Kiev, Ukraine: Ukraine says Russian forces controlling the strategic region of Crimea are demanding that the crew of two Ukrainian warships must surrender. Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Maksim Prauta said four Russian navy ships were blocking Ukraine's anti-submarine warship Ternopil and the command ship Slavutych in Sevastopol's harbour.
Summary Russia issued fresh ultimatums to Ukrainian forces in Crimea Monday, adding to an already tense atmosphere following the occupation of the strategic peninsula by the Russian military. CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer, reporting from a Ukrainian air base, said that Russian soldiers had been at the base's gate for some time and had demanded that the soldiers leave the base by Monday.
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. Even though the Fear Index is up sharply today, its overall level remain far below past spikes in volatility. 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 A Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman, Vladislav Seleznyov, told CNN that members of the Russian military are going to Ukrainian military bases in Crimea and demanding surrender. The Russian troops are threatening "harsh reaction" if the Ukrainians don't comply, Seleznyov said.
Summary Russian forces controlling Crimea are demanding the surrender of two Ukrainian warships, threatening an escalation of the situation in Ukraine, the Associated Press reported . Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesman Maksim Prauta said four Russian ships were blocking a Ukrainian anti-submarine warship and command ship in the Sevastopol harbor in Crimea. Alexander Vitko, the head of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, set the deadline and threatened an attack "across Crimea," according to the BBC.