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 Turmoil Heats Up to Military Action

As tanks and troops sent by the central government in Kiev zeroed in to Ukraine's wayward town of Slovyansk on Thursday, Moscow responded by ordering snap military drills on the border with the troubled region.

Ukraine Troops Take Checkpoint North of Slovyansk

Ukrainian troops with five light armored vehicles took control of a checkpoint north of Slovyansk on Thursday after pro-Russian separatists appeared to abandon the position, Reuters journalists said from the scene.

U.S. Will Wait 'Days' For Geneva Deal to be Implemented

Russia has not fulfilled its part of an international agreement to defuse tension in Ukraine and Washington will only wait "days" more for the accord to be implemented, a senior U.S. official said.

Lavrov Lashes Out at Kiev and U.S. as Violence Persists

Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov on Wednesday ordered that a military operation against armed pro-Russian protesters in the country's east resume, as Russia's foreign minister warned of "retaliation" if Russians' rights were violated.

'Murdered' Ukraine Politician Faced Hostile Mob, Video Shows

The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows.

U.S. Urges Russia to De-Escalate Tensions in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone call that Washington will impose more sanctions on Russia if it does not help de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, a senior U.S. official said.

Armed Bank Robber Releases Hostages in Belgorod

Police have detained an armed robber who took hostages at a bank in the southwestern Russian city of Belgorod.

'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.