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.

Separatists Hand Over Black Boxes, Bodies From Ukrainian Crash Site

Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic relinquished the black boxes from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that crashed in eastern Ukraine last week to Malaysian authorities early Tuesday morning as hundreds of bodies from the crash site were taken away by train.

Russia to Let Visa, MasterCard Sidestep Security Deposit

The Russian government has officially declared the conditions that will allow international payment systems Visa and MasterCard to continue business in Russia without paying the massive security deposit that had threatened to shove them out of the country.

Ukrainian Rebel Leader's Father Linked Evolution to Masturbation

The fathers of rebel leaders say the darndest things. Case in point: Philosopher Yury Borodai the father of eastern Ukraine rebel leader Alexander Borodai who posited in a monograph that ape evolved into man not through labor, but through masturbation and sexual repression.

Under Fire, France Stands by Mistral Warship Sale to Russia

French President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical.

Putin Sends Mixed Message at Security Council Meeting

President Vladimir Putin appeared to take one step forward and two steps back Tuesday, appeasing the international community with promises of cooperation in the investigation of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 but blaming the West for interference in Ukraine and warning "outside forces" against orchestrating color revolutions.

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.

Western Leaders Give Putin 'Last Chance' to Control Ukraine Separatists

Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that killed almost 300 people last week.

Over 120 Victims of Moscow Metro Crash Still in Hospital

More than 120 people injured in a train derailment and subsequent crash on the Moscow metro remain in the hospital, three in critical condition.

Putin Proposes BRICS Energy Union to Increase Security

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday proposed setting up a BRICS energy association, which would include a fuel reserve, to increase the energy security of emerging nations.

Gerard Depardieu Takes Shot at Producing Eco-Friendly Vodka

Famed French actor Gerard Depardieu announced on Monday that he was planning to produce "bio-vodka" in Russia, an environmentally friendly version of the spirit made from spring water.