Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine’s fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow’s purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.
Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react to the action by Russian troops based in the strategic region and more flown in, aided by pro-Russian Ukrainian groups.
Russia’s parliament approved a motion to use the country’s military in Ukraine after a request from President Vladimir Putin as protests in Russian-speaking cities turned violent Saturday, sparking fears of a wide-scale invasion.
Moscow police say an armed teenager burst into his school and killed a security guard and a teacher before being taken into custody.
Hundreds of angry Ukrainians have clashed with riot police outside the government building as protests continue in Kiev over the government’s abrupt decision to pause integration with the West and tilt toward Moscow.
The U.S. deal with Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons has pulled the Obama administration into deep waters: the Kremlin’s long-standing drive to put the brakes on American power and to restore Moscow to its place as a pivotal Mideast player.
By Philip C. Tubeza
Ten suspected human-trafficking victims bound for Russia were barred from leaving the country earlier this week, Immigration officer-in-charge Siegfred Mison said Saturday.
Competitors at the world athletics championships are keeping their eyes focused on the finish line and relegating the controversy over Russia’s new ban on gay “propaganda” to their peripheral vision.
Russia’s migration service has provided fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden with a document that allows him to leave the Moscow airport transit zone where he has been holed up for the last month, the RIA Novosti news agency said Wednesday.
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has requested a meeting with leading rights activists and lawyers at the airport in Moscow where he has been stuck in transit for the last three weeks, the Interfax news agency reported Friday.
Authorities say that parts of Moscow’s metro are shut down after a fire at a station close to the Kremlin injured dozens of people.
Russia warned on Friday that a flare-up in tensions between North Korea and the United States could get out of control, urging all sides involved in the standoff to refrain from muscle-flexing.
With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.