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Crimea Breaks Promise to Tatars to Give 20% Representation in Parliament

Crimean Tatars feared for their safety when Crimea voiced allegiance to Russia after Ukraine ousted Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovych on February 22. Their fears grew when Russia increased its presence and they realized Crimea would be annexed. To ease these concerns, Moscow and the new Crimean government promised the Tatars equal treatment, including 20% representation in Parliament. The promise was broken Sunday. Mar 30, 2014 4:04 PM PT

Kerry, Lavrov to Meet in Paris for Another Round of Talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are scheduled to meet in Paris to once again try to end the Ukraine-Russia situation diplomatically. The meeting will take place at 6:30PM Paris time. Mar 30, 2014 1:00 PM PT

Crimean Tatars Vote for Autonomy

Crimean Tatars met and demanded autonomy in Crimea since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine. They openly supported the new government in Kyiv and boycotted the March 16 referendum to join Russia. Mar 30, 2014 8:39 AM PT

WhiteHouse.gov Petition Asks for Alaska to Secede, Rejoin Russia

Now that Crimea is a member of the Russian Federation, others are expressing their desire to be annexed by Russia. But it is not only people in Europe. A person just known as S.V. started a petition for Alaska to secede from America and rejoin Russia. Mar 30, 2014 4:16 AM PT

Ten Dogs From Sochi, Russia Arrive in Washington, DC

Officials in Sochi, Russia were heavily criticized when international media exposed their plan to round up and kill the stray dogs around the town before the Olympics. Russian billionaires, citizens of Sochi, and Olympic athletes came to the dogs’ rescue. Now a shelter in Washington, DC is lending a hand. Mar 28, 2014 10:27 AM PT

Hungary Opposes More Sanctions Against Russia

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he opposed the European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea from Ukraine. He also thinks more sanctions would be a big mistake. Mar 28, 2014 9:33 AM PT

IMF, US Approve Loans Worth Billions for Ukraine

Ukraine will receive a $14-18 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and credits that will reach $27 billion over two years. The money will help Ukraine pay off loans and debts resulting from ousted Russia-backed president Viktor Yanukovych’s administration. From Reuters: Mar 27, 2014 1:03 PM PT

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