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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

Berlin Warns of War in Ukraine, Tells Citizens to Leave

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told German citizens to leave south and east Ukraine and discouraged further travel to the country. He claimed the country is on the brink of war, which is the first time a western country described the situation in Ukraine in that context. May 6, 2014 8:03 AM PT

Tiger Woods: 'As for My Return to Golf, I Just Don't Know'

Tiger Woods wrote an update on his recovery on his personal website. He underwent microdisectomy surgery for a pinched nerve in his back, which forced him to miss the Masters for the first time in his career. May 6, 2014 5:57 AM PT

Report: At Least Four Ukrainian Soldiers Dead in Sloviansk

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry is reporting four soldiers were killed after a shootout in Sloviansk. Pro-Russian forces have a stronghold on Sloviansk since mid-April, but the Ukrainian army has pushed back and gained control of at least nine checkpoints. May 5, 2014 10:34 AM PT

Ukrainian Police Detain 130 in Odessa, Fights Erupt During Cleanup

Ukrainian officials detained more than 130 people in Odessa after one of the deadliest days in Ukraine since the Euromaidan protests started in November 2013. On Friday, more than 40 people were killed in clashes between pro-Russians and pro-Ukrainians. May 3, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Remaining OSCE Members Freed by Pro-Russian Forces in Sloviansk

Pro-Russian forces in Sloviansk finally released seven members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) along with five members of the Ukrainian defense ministry. The members were abducted on April 25 on suspicions of being NATO spies. May 3, 2014 10:38 AM PT

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