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Putin Flies to Crimea After Moscow Celebrates Victory Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sevastopol after Moscow’s Victory Day Parade. It is his first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine on March 22. He will watch a military parade in the port city as the peninsula celebrates victory over the Nazis. May 9, 2014 8:14 AM PT

Washington Warns of More Sanctions Against Moscow as Russia's Economy Dips

Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine and sanctions from the West are hurting the economy and the US announced there will be more sanctions if Russia recognizes the May 11 referendum in Donetsk. On Wednesday, Putin told Donetsk to delay the May 11 referendum “to create necessary conditions for dialogue” between the government in Kyiv and pro-Russian forces in the east. May 7, 2014 8:38 AM PT

Russia Will Not Participate in New Geneva Talks With Ukraine

Germany suggested new Geneva talks between Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the US, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov immediately dismissed any chance of another meeting after Ukraine refused to allow the pro-Russian forces to participate. May 6, 2014 8:51 PM PT

Russian 'Foul Language' Ban Echoes Soviet Spirit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is continuing his war on freedom in Russia. First he shut down independent media outlets, passed a law banning “gay propaganda,” and now there is a ban on profanity in the arts. May 6, 2014 2:44 PM PT

Germany and US Criticize Donetsk Referendum, Russia Expects Invitation

The “People’s Donetsk Republic” and Luhansk plan on a referendum on Sunday, May 11, even though the Associated Press reported there are “no visible preparations for the vote.” Germany and the United States lashed out at the referendum, while Russia claimed it is expecting an invitation to observe the election. May 6, 2014 12:49 PM PT

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