Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port

Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port

Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – Lawmakers in Crimea voted today for this mostly Russian enclave to become part of Russia and moved up a referendum to decide the matter to March 16. Ukraine’s interim government and Supreme Court have rejected talk of a Crimean referendum to determine its status, calling it unconstitutional. Russia says it will decide how to go forward after the referendum happens. The referendum will asks Crimeans two questions: whether they want to be part of Russia or…

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Putin to visit Crimea for military parade

Putin to visit Crimea for military parade Russian media says Vladimir Putin could attend a May 9 military parade marking victory in WWII in Sevastopol in Crimea, which hosts the Black Sea fleet. President Vladimir Putin will make his first visit to the Crimean peninsula since Russia annexed the territory in March, in a move to bolster public support amid simmering tensions in Ukraine. Russian dailies Kommersant and Gazeta.ru reported Putin could attend a May 9 military parade marking victory in World War II in Sevastopol, which hosts the Black…

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Ukrainian servicemen leave Navy base in Sevastopol as Crimea protesters storm HQ

Ukrainian servicemen leave Navy base in Sevastopol as Crimea protesters storm HQ

Ukrainian servicemen leave Navy base in Sevastopol as Crimea protesters storm HQ At least 30 Ukrainian naval personnel have left the Ukrainian Navy headquarters in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula after demonstrators stormed the premises early in the morning. Crimean self-defense troops have made a passage to let Ukrainian servicemen leave the territory of the HQ. Reports on the number of people to have left vary with ITAR-TASS saying around 50 personnel are gone, Rear Admiral Sergey Gaiduk of the Ukrainian Navy among them. However, Kryminform says…

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Euphoria fades in Crimea after a year of Russian rule

Euphoria fades in Crimea after a year of Russian rule

Euphoria fades in Crimea after a year of Russian rule SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – A year after Russia’s takeover of Crimea sparked a wave of euphoria across the Black Sea peninsula, residents are suffering growing hardship as prices rise and many fear for the future. Russia’s flag is flying across Crimea on the anniversary of what President Vladimir Putin calls the region’s historic “return home” after Russian troops seized control of it from Ukraine and the people backed annexation in a referendum. Since then Putin’s popularity has soared – his…

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Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terrorism

Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terroris

Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terrorism Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, is cracking down on Ukrainian activists in Crimea. Late last week, it announced the arrest of four people in its newest jurisdiction for allegedly planning to blow up various targets, including a Lenin statue. VICE News interviewed one of the suspects, an activist named Gennady Afanasiev, shortly after the March referendum that Russia used to justify its annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. We had been in touch with Afanasiev in the regional capital of…

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Russians Enter Ukrainian Airbase in Crimea, Seize Commander

Russians Enter Ukrainian Airbase in Crimea, Seize Commander

Russians Enter Ukrainian Airbase in Crimea, Seize Commander Pro-Russian militiamen hide themselves behind cars as they secure the road to the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Andrew Lubimov / AP Russian troops stormed a Ukrainian-controlled airbase in Crimea on Saturday and its commander said he was being whisked away for “talks.” One Ukrainian was injured in the takeover of the Belbek airbase, which was one of the last facilities under Ukrainian control because Ukrainian troops refused to hand it over to the Russians, Ukraine’s Col.…

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Russia Ukraine ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea foiled

Russia: Ukraine 'terrorist attacks' in Crimea foiled

Russia Ukraine ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea foiled Moscow says it has also beaten back an armed assault by Kiev, which called the claims “hysterical and false”. The allegations of Kiev’s attacks in Crimea are likely to fuel further tensions between Russia and Ukraine [Reuters] Russia’s federal security agency says it has thwarted “terrorist attacks” by the Ukrainian military in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Kiev in 2014, and beaten back an armed assault. The FSB said on Wednesday that one of its officers was killed in an armed clash while arresting “terrorists”…

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Ukraine PM rejects Crimea referendum, vows to defend country

Ukraine PM rejects Crimea referendum, vows to defend country

Ukraine PM rejects Crimea referendum, vows to defend country Ukraine : Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum on the decision in 10 days, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk rejected the moves, saying the region was and would remain an integral part the nation. He also said Ukraine was ready to defend itself “in case of further escalation and military intervention into Ukrainian territory by foreign forces.” The sudden acceleration of moves…

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Crimea honors Russian soldiers with statue

Crimea honors Russian soldiers with statue

Crimea honors Russian soldiers with statue Crimean officials have unveiled a statue of an armed soldier in celebration of Russian troops that took control of the peninsula from Ukraine. Governor Sergey Aksyonov pledged to keep developing the troops’ “brand.” The monument marks the “strength, calm, confidence and politeness of our Russian soldiers,” said Moscow envoy Oleg Belaventsev at the Simferopol ceremony. Crimean officials unveiled the sculpture one day ahead of Russia Day on Sunday. It shows a serviceman with a Kalashnikov, a little girl giving him flowers, and a cat…

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Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia Ukraine has put its forces around Crimea on high alert, as tensions soared after Moscow accused Kiev of attempting to mount armed incursions into the disputed peninsula. Russia’s FSB security service said on Wednesday it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea this week by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back armed assaults, but Kiev fiercely denied the claims. The allegations ratcheted up the heat in a feud sparked by Moscow’s 2014 seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine and raised fears of…

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