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.

Protesters Storm Buildings in Ukraine as West Ponders Next Move

A day after European Union leaders met to discuss taking a firmer line on Russia over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings in two Ukrainian cities and demanded autonomy from the new government.

McDonald's Closes Its Doors in Crimea

McDonald's has suspended operations at its restaurants in Crimea indefinitely "due to manufacturing reasons independent of McDonald's," the Ukrainian branch of the U.S. fast-food giant said.

Crimea Annexation Spurs Some Russians to Emigrate

National polls appear to show widespread support among Russians for the government's seizure and annexation of the Crimean peninsula last month. But not everyone in the country views the move as positive — and some see it as the last straw.

Ukraine Condemns Medvedev Visit to Crimea as 'Crude Violation'

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday paid a visit to Crimea in an apparent bid to fortify Russia's control of the region.

Putin Says Crimea Takeover Shows Russian Military Prowess

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia's takeover of Crimea showed off its military prowess, as his defense minister reported that the Russian flag was now flying over all military sites on the Black Sea peninsula.

Slovyansk Residents Fearful Amid Unrest

The eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk appeared calmer than some media reports suggested on Wednesday after Ukrainian authorities launched an anti-terrorism operation to tackle pro-Russian protests, but journalists were routinely harassed and separatists maintained a strong grip on the city.

Ukraine Launches Military Operations in East as World Leaders Spar

Prospects of a diplomatic solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine became grimmer on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces launched an operation to retake facilities seized by pro-Russian militants, while Russian and Western leaders dug in on their divergent interpretations of who is to blame for the escalating confrontation.

West Blames Russia for Violent Unrest in Ukraine

As pro-Russia militants occupied more government buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, Russia and the West exchanged recriminations about their supposed involvement in the ongoing crisis, which threatens to escalate into more serious violence between militants and Ukrainian forces.

U.S. Sees Russia's Hand in East Ukraine Unrest

The West is imploring Russia to help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine after pro-Russia armed men seized government buildings in multiple towns over the weekend, even as Russia continues to deny involvement in the confrontations.

Pro-Russian Protesters Seize City Council in Coastal Ukrainian City

Pro-Russian separatists have taken control of the city council in Mariupol amid rising tensions in eastern Ukraine, news reports said Sunday.