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NATO Warns Russia Over Troop Build-Up on Ukraine's East Border

NATO sent a warning to Russia after Moscow moved more troops to the Ukraine border, but Russia insists they are within international troop limits. NATO fears more troops along the border could be a threat to Moldova and attempt to seize Transdniester. Mar 23, 2014 10:33 AM PT

Millions in Cash, Jewelry Found in ex-Ukrainian Ministers' Offices

The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s office found millions in cash and jewelry in offices and apartments connected to ex-Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky and ex-Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk. The new government in Kyiv is cracking down on officials in ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration. After he was ousted, the full corruption of his administration was exposed. Mar 23, 2014 8:51 AM PT

Five Thousand Pro-Russians Protest in Donetsk, Ukraine

Pro-Russians in Donetsk, Ukraine, held another rally at Lenin Square to voice their desire to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation. They want a referendum similar to Crimea’s, which was officially annexed on Friday. Mar 22, 2014 9:48 AM PT

Ukraine's Kherson Province Might Be Next to Hold Referendum

Crimea is now a part of the Russian Federation, and other parts of Ukraine with ethnic Russian populations are buzzing. Pro-Russians in the Kherson Oblast province might be pushing to secede from Ukraine as well. But the mayor of the city of Kherson angrily voiced opposition to any thought of leaving Ukraine. Mar 22, 2014 6:33 AM PT

Alex Rodriguez Will Not Pay His Legal Bills

A source told The New York Daily News that New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez still owes millions in legal bills with his battle with Major League Baseball. He fought against the league and commissioner Bud Selig over his season long steroid suspension. Mar 21, 2014 8:20 AM PT

Putin Signs Bills to Complete Annexation of Crimea

Crimea is officially a member of the Russia Federation. On Friday, President Vladimir Putin signed all the bills to complete the annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. According to the Associated Press, he said it was a “remarkable event.” Mar 21, 2014 7:12 AM PT

Obama Imposes Sanctions Against Putin's Inner Circle, Russia Sanctions Nine US Politicians

During Russia's occupation of Crimea, experts told the West the only way to really make Russian President Vladimir Putin second guess any moves was to hit those close to him. After passing sanctions that were laughed at by Russian officials, President Obama promised Putin harsher sanctions if he continued aggression towards Ukraine.  Mar 20, 2014 9:49 AM PT

Pro-Russian Forces Capture Two Ukrainian Ships

On Thursday, pro-Russian forces continued their assault on Ukrainians in Crimea as they captured the Khmelnitsky and Lutsk warships. Pro-Russian forces also took over military bases earlier in the week, and one assault led to the death of a Ukrainian soldier. Mar 20, 2014 9:08 AM PT

Russia's State Duma Approves Treaty to Annex Crimea

The treaty to fully absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation was introduced to the lower house of parliament. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has met with Secretary of State John Kerry many times, said the treaty must be approved. Mar 20, 2014 9:01 AM PT

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