Crimea Government Moves Swiftly to Join Russia

Residents of Crimea remained divided Monday about the outcome of a weekend referendum in which voters chose overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine and join Russia, even as government agencies in the regional capital quickly moved to re-register themselves as organs of an independent state that will soon become subject to the authority of the Kremlin.

EU Energy Sanctions Only Painful on Paper

While the EU's harshest sanctions against Russia to date do target major sectors of the Russian economy, great care has been taken to avoid damaging the energy industry, where Europe is loath to disrupt supplies of vital Russian gas.

More Than 80% of Russians Blame Ukrainian Army for Malaysia Airlines Crash

Eighty-two percent of Russians believe the Ukrainian army is to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, a poll released Wednesday by the independent Levada Center showed, as the investigation into the tragedy suffered yet another setback Wednesday.

Separatists' Faults May Give Putin A Way Out

Russia may finally have a pretext for bailing out on Ukrainian separatists. But the pretext is not sanctions it's ethics. Still, the idea will be highly difficult for President Vladimir Putin to transmit, as there are few people who can take the moral high ground in the Russian establishment.

VTB, Bank of Moscow, Rosselkhozbank Brush Off Sanctions

Russian bank VTB Bank on Wednesday declared U.S. sanctions politicized and "completely inappropriate" but said that they will not prevent the bank from raising capital when needed, while Bank of Moscow and Rosselkhozbank, also struck by Washington, said the measures will have little impact on their business.

Belarus to Host Crisis Talks Between Russia, Ukraine and OSCE

Belarus will host talks between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE security and rights organization on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's office said Wednesday.

Russian Stocks Drop in Volatile Trading Before EU Sanctions Decision

Russian stocks dipped in volatile trade on Tuesday as investors awaited a broad round of economic sanctions that the European Union is preparing to impose on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Putin Congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr Holiday

President Vladimir Putin on Monday congratulated Muslims across Russia on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a feast marking the end of the monthlong fast of Ramadan.

Magadan Flooding Photos Show Damage As Well As Resilience

While most images posted online of the Magadan floods show the extent of the damage, some are also quite bizarre and one video also gives an unfazed resident his moment of fame.

Russian Airlines Cancel All Flights to Israel

Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero canceled all flights to Israel on Wednesday, a day after a rocket fell about a mile away from Tel Aviv's international airport.

Ukraine to Conscript Military Reserves to Fight Separatists in Country's East

Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia.