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  • After Russian invasion of Crimea, Goa losing its business 23-04-2014 12:04 PM

    Goa: The impact of the Russian invasion of Crimea is being felt in the distant shores of Goa. Many Russian businessmen who are running various benami businesses in Goa are now planning to shift their base to Crimea, a peninsula surrounded by the Black Sea. The Russian President Vladimir Putin...
  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine 17-04-2014 03:54 PM

    Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian Special Forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. He expressed hope for a...
  • Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 16-04-2014 04:18 PM

    Kramatorsk/Slaviansk: Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future. Government troops drove seven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town...
  • Russia creates ministry for Crimean affairs 31-03-2014 06:24 PM

    Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said Russia would launch a new ministry for the newly-absorbed regions of Crimea and Sevastopol. "I believe it is feasible to form a separate federal body with the executive branch of the government in dealing with the issues of Crimea and Sevastopol,"...
  • Russia has no intention of sending troops to Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov 29-03-2014 04:40 PM

    Russian said on Saturday it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signalling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reinforced a message from President Vladimir Putin that Russia will settle - at least for now...
  • Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control 23-03-2014 07:01 AM

    Crimea: Russian troops used armored vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian forces also abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had...
  • Crimea goes East, Ukraine goes West in two new deals 22-03-2014 07:02 AM

    Brussels: Two almost simultaneous signatures on Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as Russia formally annexed Crimea and the European Union pulled Ukraine closer into its orbit. In this "new post-Cold War order," as the Ukrainian prime minister called it, besieged Ukrainian troops...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal 21-03-2014 07:42 PM

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to...
  • Russian Upper House approves annexation of Crimea 21-03-2014 03:00 PM

    Moscow: The upper house of the Russian parliament has approved Moscow's annexation of Crimea. The Federation Council voted unanimously to incorporate Crimea after Sunday's hastily called Crimean referendum, in which residents of the Black Sea peninsula overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia. Ukraine and the West have...
  • Obama targets Putin allies as Russia races to complete Crimea annexation 21-03-2014 12:28 AM

    US President Barack Obama announced sanctions on Thursday against prominent Russians including close allies of President Vladimir Putin, as Moscow raced to complete its annexation of Crimea and built up its forces in the region. Moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior US politicians in retaliation against visa...
  • India won't back western sanctions against Russia over Crimea: sources 19-03-2014 02:41 PM

    New Delhi: India has decided not to go with western block on sanctions against Russia over the Crimea issue, say sources. India has stated its position to not support unilateral sanctions by any country unless authorised by the UN. Sources say India is taking a balanced view of the situation...
  • Vladimir Putin calls up PM Manmohan Singh, explains situation in Crimea 18-03-2014 10:37 PM

    New Delhi: Hours after taking the step of merging Crimea with Russia, President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday explained the situation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who underlined India's position on "unity and territorial integrity" of countries and hoped a diplomatic solution would be found to the issue. Singh expressed the...
  • Defiant Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia 18-03-2014 07:05 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. In a fiercely patriotic address to a joint session of the Russian parliament in the Kremlin, punctuated by...
  • Putin declares Crimea 'sovereign and independent' 18-03-2014 12:22 AM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country." The Kremlin said Putin signed the decree on Monday, the day after the Black Sea peninsula voted to declare independence from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. Crimea's declaration of independence Monday from Ukraine...
  • Russia calls on Ukraine to be a federal state 17-03-2014 04:36 PM

    Moscow: Russia's foreign ministry is calling on Ukraine to become a federal state and call fresh elections. In a statement posted on Monday the ministry urged Ukraine's parliament to call a constitutional assembly which could draft a new constitution to make the country federal, handing more power to its regions....
  • Putin chairs Russian security session on Ukraine 13-03-2014 09:56 PM

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has chaired a meeting of his Security Council focusing on the crisis in Ukraine. Putin said at the start of Thurday's meeting that he wants to discuss ties with Russia's "friends and partners in Ukraine," as well as Russia's relations with the United States and the...
  • Obama to meet Ukrainian PM on Wednesday 10-03-2014 12:18 PM

    President Barack Obama will meet this week with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the White House said Sunday, in a prominent show of US support for Ukraine's fledgling new government. Vice President Joe Biden cut short his trip to Latin America, nixing a planned stop in the Dominican Republic so...
  • Crimea votes to leave Ukraine, join Russia, Obama orders sanctions 07-03-2014 07:19 AM

    Ukraine lurched toward breakup on Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama condemned the move and the West answered with the first real sanctions against Russia. Speaking from the White House, Obama...
  • Putin talks tough but cools tensions over Ukraine 05-03-2014 08:07 AM

    Moscow: Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, US Secretary...
  • US prepares $1 billion aid package for troubled Ukraine 04-03-2014 09:02 PM

    Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev on Tuesday to show US support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. The fast-moving developments came as the United States readied economic sanctions amid worries that Moscow was ready...
  • Putin: military force would be 'last resort' in Ukraine 04-03-2014 08:06 PM

    President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia would only use military force in Ukraine as a last resort, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. Russia however reserved the right to use all options in Ukraine to protect its...
  • Russia's Putin orders troops in military exercise back to base 04-03-2014 12:45 PM

    President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training, Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying on Tuesday. Moscow had denied that the exercises, which began last week, had anything to do...
  • Russia tightens grip on Ukraine; world capitals, stock markets rattled 04-03-2014 09:16 AM

    Kiev: Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets. The West struggled to find a way to get Russia to back down, but with little beyond already threatened...
  • Putin builds up armor near Crimea, Russian assets plummet 03-03-2014 05:17 PM

    Ukraine said Russia was building up armored vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbor, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington...
  • Ukraine: World scrambles as Russia tightens grip on Crimea 03-03-2014 07:08 AM

    Kiev: Warning that it was "on the brink of disaster," Ukraine put its military on high alert on Sunday and appealed for international help to avoid what it feared was the possibility of a wider invasion by Russia. Outrage over Russia's military moves mounted in world capitals, with U.S. Secretary...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' 02-03-2014 09:44 PM

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister...
  • Hundreds of gunmen surround Ukraine military base 02-03-2014 07:13 PM

    Perevalne: Hundreds of armed men in trucks and armoured vehicles surrounded a Ukrainian military base on Sunday in Crimea, blocking its soldiers from leaving. The outnumbered Ukrainians placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff. In Kiev, Ukraine's new prime minister urged Russian...
  • Russia's Parliament permits military use in Ukraine 01-03-2014 09:18 PM

    Russia's Parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama. The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops...
  • Ukraine cites Russian troop movements as Crimea sliding from its grasp 01-03-2014 07:37 PM

    Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. Russia's RIA news agency said pro-Russian authorities in the region, which has an ethnic Russian majority,...
  • Putin asks Parliament to use military in Ukraine 01-03-2014 07:36 PM

    Kiev: The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Parliament for permission to use the country's military in Ukraine. Putin says the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea. The pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine's...