Their home the focus of a standoff between world powers and their votes pitting global leaders against each other, most Crimeans are celebrating their peninsula’s return to Russia after 60 years of Ukrainian rule.
The U.S. and the European Union warned Russia not to annex Crimea after a referendum in the southern Ukrainian region, setting the stage for sanctions on Russia in the worst diplomatic standoff since the Cold War.
Western leaders are counting on the threat of wide-ranging sanctions to make Vladimir Putin pause for breath after swallowing Crimea. If they can’t, the Russian president may opt to move deeper into Ukraine.
Western leaders from President Barack Obama to Chancellor Angela Merkel are telling Russia not to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty. Vladimir Putin’s response as he prepares for military conflict: What about ours?
As Europe takes the lead in trying to end the bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital, Vladimir Putin is running out of options to shape events in a country that he sees as firmly within Russia’s sphere of influence.
A rearguard against the swell of uprising, dozens of pro-Russia Ukrainians defend a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv, the first stop for fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych as he fled the capital.
A rearguard against the swell of uprising, dozens of pro-Russia Ukrainians guard a statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin in Kharkiv, the first stop for fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych as he fled the capital.