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.

Ukraine Separatists Reject Diplomatic Deal to Disarm

SLOVYANSK/DONETSK — Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

150 Russians Denied Entry Into Ukraine

Ukrainian border guards have denied entry to about 150 Russian citizens, after Kiev announced it was imposing stricter border controls on men holding Russian citizenship.

U.S. Says Diplomacy Could Still Solve Ukraine Crisis But New Sanctions Are Ready

U.S. President Barack Obama said talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that his country and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation does not improve.

Putin Shows Victor's Benevolence at Annual Call-In

Breaking his tradition of publicly tongue-lashing opponents at home and abroad, President Vladimir Putin assumed a non-predatory stance Thursday to diffuse fears of escalation of the ongoing rift with the West over the Ukraine crisis during his annual live call-in show broadcast on national television and online.

Siberian Pensioner Offers to Marry Putin's Ex-Wife

A pensioner from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk who gained notoriety as the "kopek millionaire" has expressed his desire to wed President Vladimir Putin's ex-wife.

'Reset' With U.S. Ended With Libya, Not Crimea, Putin Says

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his country's much-vaunted "reset" in relations with the U.S. had ended with the civil war in Libya in 2011, long before the current crisis over Crimea.

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.