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Residents in Ukraine's Luhansk Want to Join Russia

Crimea voted to join Russia on Sunday and cities in east Ukraine wish to follow in their footsteps. Pro-Russians in Donetsk and Kharkiv have staged many protests since parliament ousted Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovych on February 22. Ethnic Russians in Luhansk are the latest to voice their wish to be a part of Russia. Mar 17, 2014 10:06 AM PT

Obama, EU Impose Sanctions on Russian Officials

President Obama and the European Union passed sanctions against Russia and Crimeans who are responsible for Crimea’s referendum to join Russia and leave Ukraine. Mar 17, 2014 8:13 AM PT

Exit Polls Claim 93% Support Crimea Secession to Russia, U.S. Rejects Referendum

The United States rejected the legitimacy of Crimea's referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in multiple statements Sunday. According to exit polls, 93% of those who voted did so in favor of secession. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russia the US will not recognize Crimea’s referendum, and the White House again warned harsh sanctions will be passed. Mar 16, 2014 11:54 AM PT

Russia Defends Crimea's Referendum, Merkel Demands More Observers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone as Crimea votes in a referendum to remain with Ukraine or join Russia. Merkel is one of many Western leaders who have said the referendum is illegal and will not recognize the outcome. Mar 16, 2014 10:45 AM PT

Ukraine Soldiers Will Not Leave Crimea, Ready to Defend Borders Against Russia

Ukraine Defense Minister Ihor Tenyukh said Ukraine will not leave Crimea and troops are ready to defend Ukraine against Russia. Crimea is voting in a referendum on Sunday to remain a part of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. Ukraine and the West said the referendum is illegal and will not recognize the outcome. Mar 16, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Ukraine Restricts Entry to Russians on East Border

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers held an emergency meeting on March 16 to discuss security issues about their border with Russia. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the border is almost completely closed. Mar 16, 2014 8:22 AM PT

Crimea Prepares for Referendum on Sunday

Crimeans will hit the polls on Sunday and vote to either receive greater autonomy within Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. The vote is expected to go in Russia’s favor, since over 58% of the population are ethnic Russians. Mar 15, 2014 8:44 PM PT


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