Missing Flight MH370 and the Crimea vote in Ukraine (or is it in Russia now?) are the big stories.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over what many believe is a planned annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, as Moscow has changed from a wary partner to a diplomatic adversary in the space of a few months.
Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - People in Crimea took to the polls on Sunday for a referendum on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia that has precipitated a Cold War-style security crisis on Europe's eastern frontier. Ukraine's new...Show More Summary
Russian-designed 9K338 Igla-S manportable surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems could be constructed in Brazil for export to third countries, the director general of Russian defence organisation KB Mashinostroyenia (KBM) has said.TheShow More Summary
Voters are expected to favor secession. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the voters' decision, but annexation could trigger tough sanctions.
Russia, as expected, vetoed a draft UN resolution on the Crimea but China abstained. And that was one purpose of putting the document to a vote in the first place. The West's objective in the UN Security Council was to show Moscow it was isolated in conducting a referendum in the Crimea asking Russia to annex the region. Show More Summary
From the Financial Times (not Pravda): Nikolai Vasiliev, a Crimean businessman, can hardly wait for his region to be annexed by Russia. It would “give us a new lease of life”, he says. Mr Vasiliev is the general manager of AO Pnevmatika, a former state-owned engineering company that has struggled since the Soviet break-up. Now, […]
Crimeans will hit the polls on Sunday and vote to either receive greater autonomy within Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. The vote is expected to go in Russia’s favor, since over 58% of the population are ethnic Russians. The polls will open at 8:00AM local time (2:00AM ET) and close at 8:00PM. Show More Summary
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com Ukraine mobilizes troops to oppose Russian troops attacking gas facility China abstains on anti-Russia Security Council resolution Russia faces biggest anti-Putin protest inShow More Summary
Tom Hill @te3ej has been tracking the Russian Tug Nikolay Chiker for the last few weeks as it made its way down to Cuba with Russia's premier spy ship the Viktor Leonov CCB-175. Yesterday Tom Hill noted the tug has taken up positionShow More Summary
Protesters in Russia took to the streets in numbers estimated by observers at around 30,000 to declare their anger at President Vladimir Putin’s military moves against Ukraine. On Saturday, Ukraine accused Russia of invading its mainland ahead of a dramatic vote in Crimea Sunday when that territory decides whether to secede from Ukraine and join... Show More Summary
Sebastian Gorka, a Professor of War and Conflict Studies at National Defense University in Washington, told Breitbart News Saturday that Russia has re-emerged as a great power while Obama has been President. Gorka, who holds a PhD and...Show More Summary
As the clock ticks down to tomorrow's Crimea referendum, where residents will vote to align with Russia or to stay in Ukraine, Russia Today looks at what the sunny Black Sea peninsula can offer economically and what ties it has with Moscow and Kiev. Show More Summary
Is Moscow massing troops on the border for leverage or for war?...
... in the sand trap. Spot the pattern. From March 1, 2014, the day Russia announced it would send armed forces in Crimea: President Barack Obama's national security team met on Saturday for an update on the situation in Ukraine and to discuss potential policy options, a senior Obama administration official said. Show More Summary
Some members of Ukraine's Paralympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia have staged a "silent protest" against the turmoil in their country by covering their medals during award ceremonies. Ukraine's cross-country skiing relay team covered their silver medals as Russian rivals collected their gold medals at a ceremony on March 15. Show More Summary
On Sunday, Crimea will hold a referendum on whether or not to split from Ukraine and join Russia. Experts agree that the referendum will pass. "This is independent from the question of whether the international community — or Ukraine...Show More Summary
Tensions are mounting ahead of a planned referendum Sunday to determine whether or not Crimea will break from Ukraine and join Russia. A few updates on the situation… From AFP via Yahoo News: Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of invading