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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

Ukraine Moves Troops Out of Crimea

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said Ukraine will hold joint military exercises with the United Kingdom and America. Mar 19, 2014 2:39 PM PT

UK Wants Russia Out of the G8

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Russia should be expelled from the G8 for its actions against Ukraine. His statement comes a day after France claimed the G8 already kicked out Russia, a claim which was quickly denied by the UK, Germany, and Japan. Mar 19, 2014 2:26 PM PT

Russia Wants to Protect Language Rights of Russians in Estonia

The three Baltic states that border Russia are concerned they may be Moscow’s next target and with good reason. Russia said they do not appreciate the language policy towards ethnic Russians in Estonia and they should be protected. It is the same excuse Moscow gave to justify their occupation of Crimea. Estonia might be next. Mar 19, 2014 11:19 AM PT

France Tells UK: Target Russian Oligarchs in London

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the United Kingdom they must impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs in London. The West passed more sanctions against Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Mar 19, 2014 10:27 AM PT

Biden Tells NATO Allies the US Will Defend Them Against Russia

Vice President Joe Biden reassured America’s NATO allies the US will defend them if Russia decides to attack. Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine and three NATO countries, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, who border Russia, believe they might be Russia’s next target. Mar 19, 2014 9:15 AM PT

Crimean Government Tells Tatars to Leave Their Lands

Russian news agency RIA Novosti is reporting the Crimea government is asking Crimean Tatars, who only make up 15% of the population, to vacate their land and move to assigned lands. Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said the government wants to regulate the lands. Mar 19, 2014 8:27 AM PT

Pro-Russian Forces Capture Ukraine Navy Headquarters in Sevastopol

After Crimea declared independence from Ukraine on March 17, the government said they would seize all Ukrainian property and disband the Ukrainian military in the peninsula. They are keeping their word, as Crimean forces took control of Ukraine’s Navy headquarters in Sevastopol on Wednesday. Mar 19, 2014 6:47 AM PT

East Ukraine Governor: 'We Will Defend Ourselves' against Russia

Now that Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, the east part of the country is worried they will be Russia’s next target. But Russian President Vladimir Putin is not the only one who threatens Ukraine in the east. Pro-Russians have been protesting and rallying in eastern cities to join Russia. Mar 18, 2014 12:44 PM PT

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