Crimea’s Leader Cements Power, Asks Moscow’s Help – ABC News

ABC NewsThe pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of the military and police there Saturday and appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for help in keeping peace,…

Crimean leader claims control, asks Russia for help in restoring peace – Fox News

Fox NewsThe new prime minister of Ukraine’s Crimea region claimed control of all military, police and other security services in the region Saturday and urged Russia to intervene to keep…

Ukraine crisis: Crimea leader appeals to Putin for help – BBC News

BBC NewsThe new pro-Moscow leader of Ukraine’s autonomous Crimea region has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help to ensure peace. A Kremlin source said it would “not leave unnoticed”…

President Obama blunt in warning Russia not to intervene in Ukraine – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesWASHINGTON — President Obama issued a blunt warning to Moscow on Friday that “there will be costs” if Russia sends its troops into Ukraine, saying he is deeply…

Russia must stop Crimea provocations, says Ukraine’s Turchynov – BBC News

BBC NewsUkraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has accused Russia of deploying troops to Crimea and trying to provoke Kiev into “armed conflict”. In a televised address, he claimed Moscow wanted…

Canada’s foreign minister stakes out support for Kiev as Moscow flexes muscles – The Globe and Mail

Canada’s foreign minister stakes out support for Kiev as Moscow flexes musclesThe Globe and MailIn journeying to Kiev, and in determining who will and will not be on his agenda,…

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Under House Arrest – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalMOSCOW—A Moscow court has put Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest, forbidding him from using the Internet or communicating with anyone outside his family. The house…

Russia says US proposing cooperation with Moscow over Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersMOSCOW Feb 27 (Reuters) – Russia said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry proposed cooperation with Moscow to resolve the Ukraine crisis during a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister…

Russia Grants Protection for Ukrainian President – ABC News

ABC NewsMoscow on Wednesday granted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych protection “on the territory of Russia,” shortly after the fugitive leader sought help from the Kremlin, according to an official quoted…

Report: Armed men seize regional gov’t in Crimea – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOSCOW (AP) — A local leader of the Tatar community in Ukraine’s Crimea region says armed men have seized two government buildings in the regional capital, Simferopol. Refat Chubarov…

Local leader: Armed men have seized government buildings in Crimea – Vancouver Sun

Local leader: Armed men have seized government buildings in CrimeaVancouver SunMOSCOW – A local leader of the Tatar community in Ukraine’s Crimea region says armed men have seized two government…

Moscow’s (religious) reply to Kiev – The Economist (blog)

Moscow’s (religious) reply to KievThe Economist (blog)On Monday, the ruling synod of the UOC met and named a “locum tenens” to run the institution’s headquarters in Kiev because of the…

Militias Hunt Kiev Looters From Central Bank to Bling Palace – Bloomberg

Militias Hunt Kiev Looters From Central Bank to Bling PalaceBloomberg“The fact that the situation in Kiev is relatively calm is due to the fact the city is in a state…

Ukraine crisis: Russia’s options – BBC News

BBC NewsRussia has voiced alarm and anger at the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych by protesters in Kiev. Prof Andrei Zagorski, a political analyst at Moscow’s Institute of World…

US and Britain say Ukraine is not a battleground between East and West – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukThe United States and Britain have said Ukraine should not be a battleground between East and West and voiced support for the country after protests that ousted pro-Moscow president Viktor…

Sevastopol: A Russian city inside Ukraine’s borders? – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science MonitorUkraine’s population of 46 million is roughly split in half between those who want stronger ties with Moscow and those who are pushing for the country to follow…

Militias Hunt Kiev for Looters From Central Bank to Bling Palace – Bloomberg

Bloomberg“The fact that the situation in Kiev is relatively calm is due to the fact the city is in a state of shock,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, head of the Council…

Russia evokes World War Two in media blitz on Ukraine – Reuters

ReutersMOSCOW Feb 25 (Reuters) – “Which side were you on in World War Two?” is not a question that often arises on radio talk shows but a Russian caller named…

Coup in Kiev – Antiwar.com

Antiwar.comFirst, a primer for those who have missed the rapidly escalating events of the past few days: mobs of protesters have taken over Kiev and the government of Viktor Yanukovich…

Ukraine media: mixed views on Tymoshenko – BBC News

BBC NewsA day after the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, media commentators are focusing on another momentous event: the release of his jailed arch-rival Yulia…

Violence in Ukraine Creates Deepening Clash Between East and West – New York Times

New York TimesProtesters on Wednesday burned documents after trying to take over a government office in Ternopil, Ukraine. The violence in the country has killed at least 25 people this…

EU calls meeting of bloc’s 28 foreign ministers on Ukraine violence, weighing … – Fox News

Fox NewsBRUSSELS – The European Union is calling an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers to decide the 28-nation bloc’s reaction including possible sanctions to the recent escalation of violence in…

Former Pussy Riot Members Held in Sochi – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalMOSCOW—Two former members of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot, who became international human rights symbols after being jailed for two years for an anti-Kremlin protest, said…

Iran’s Mixed Messages Ahead Of P5+1 Talks – Daily Beast

Iran’s Mixed Messages Ahead Of P5+1 TalksDaily BeastWhen it comes to Russia, is Iran also conveying another message: deal with us on our terms, or we can Cold War-like turn…

Ukraine political crisis defused as protesters accept amnesty – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesMOSCOW — Anti-government protesters who have disrupted traffic and official functions in major Ukrainian cities for nearly three months vacated Kiev City Hall and other key state buildings…

Chechen leader offers to take Danish giraffe – UPI.com

UPI.comAn 11-day-old giraffe calf stands with his herd at the Brookfield Zoo on July 2, 2013 in Brookfield, Illinois. Jasiri, a 7-year-old giraffe gave birth to the 173-pound, 5-foot-9-inch tall…

Nuland phone leak: When Ukraine divides old allies – BBC News

BBC NewsThe stand-off in Ukraine is creating new tensions. The country of 46 million people finds itself in the middle, with Russia pulling from one side and the EU from…

Russian FSB has poor record against terrorists – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMOSCOW — The Russian agency taking a lead role in security for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi has a poor track record in Russia’s anti-terrorism efforts, analysts familiar…

Peace doves released by Vatican attacked mid-flight – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionIt was supposed to be a symbol of peace from the Vatican Sunday. But watch what happened after two doves were released following a prayer by Pope Francis.…

Ukraine president says he’ll name rival as prime minister, but opposition … – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych offered Saturday night to make two of his adversaries prime minister and deputy prime minister, pledged to support amending harsh new laws against…

The Apple Mac at 30: See the Evolution of an Icon – Wired

WiredThe Mac’s roots trace back to the Lisa, which debuted in 1983 with a graphical user interface and mouse. The Mac owes a lot of its heritage (and success) to…

Russian Olympic terrorist search sets nerves jangling despite Putin assurances … – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin has made a daring gamble with the Winter Games in Sochi, guaranteeing they will be safe despite their setting on territory awash in grievance…

Syria peace talks: Russia criticizes rescinding of Iran’s invitation – CNN

CNN(CNN) — It was a mistake for the United Nations to rescind an invitation to Iran to participate in peace talks on Syria this week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov…

US envoy in Moscow uses Twitter to break down barriers – Boston Globe

US envoy in Moscow uses Twitter to break down barriersBoston GlobeFor Ambassador Michael McFaul, the unfiltered communication offered by social media means he can tweet US policy, blog it, and…

Ukraine enacts harsh laws against protests – Washington Post

Washington PostMOSCOW — Russians love to think of their neighbors the Ukrainians as their “little brothers,” and not a few Ukrainians feel the same way. That gives Russia considerable sway…