Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crisis in Ukraine -- News Updates March 6, 2014

Crimean Leadership Says Region Will Hold Referendum On Joining Russia In Under Two Weeks As EU Leaders Hold Emergency Summit To Discuss Sanctions -- Daily Mail

* Vice premier Temirgaliev said issue will be put to vote on March 16
* 'We will decide our future ourselves' said one official
* Strong response to Russia is unlikely as EU nations argue over sanctions
* EU has frozen assets of members of Yanukovych's ousted government
* U.S. is imposing visa bans on Russian nationals and planning sanctions

Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow's rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.

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Crisis In Ukraine: Live Updates

Ukraine turmoil LIVE UPDATES -- RT
Ukraine In Crisis: Live -- BBC
Ukraine crisis: Crimean MPs vote to join Russia – live coverage -- The Guardian
Ukraine - Russia Crisis Live -- The Telegraph
Ukraine Live -- Al Jazeera
Ukraine crisis -- CNN
[Live updates] EU announces three step sanctions against Russia -- Euronews
Crisis in Ukraine -- Reuters
UkrainianConflict Live Thread -- Reddit

More News On The Crisis In Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Crimea parliament asks to join Russia -- BBC
Ukraine crisis: Crimea now part of Russia, local parliament declares -- The Guardian
Crimea MPs Set Referendum to Join Russia -- Voice of America
Crimean lawmakers to vote March 16 on joining Russia -- AP
Crimea parliament votes to join Russia -- Al Jazeera
Crimea ready to adopt Russian ruble: regional official -- Reuters
Crimea says is part of Russia, Ukrainian troops 'occupiers' -- Reuters
Some Crimeans elated, others wary on secession vote -- USA Today
Proud to be Ukrainians, many in Crimea face future in fear -- Reuters

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk rejects referendum on Crimea split -- CNN
Ukraine's PM says Crimea is and will remain part of Ukraine -- Reuters
Ukraine's PM Urges Russia to Start Talks, Reject Crimea's Referendum -- Wall Street Journal
Ukraine ready to use military to defend itself against Russia -- Reuters
Ukraine PM Says Crimea Breakaway Referendum is 'Illegitimate' -- RIA Novosti

Pro-Moscow protest leader arrested in Ukraine's Donetsk -- Reuters
Crowds of volunteers sign up to defend Ukraine at Kiev recruitment offices -- The Guardian
OSCE observers barred from entering Crimea: Polish minister -- Reuters
Russia's Lavrov says no agreement with Kerry on Ukraine: report -- Reuters
With Crimean appeal, Putin goes head-to-head with West over Ukraine -- Reuters
Russia says hopes EU won't freeze talks on visa-free movement -- Reuters
Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions – senator -- RT

US Authorizes Sanctions Against Officials ‘Destabilizing’ Ukraine -- RIA Novosti
US imposes visa restrictions on Russians, Crimeans who ‘threaten Ukraine security’ -- RT
U.S. targets Russians, Ukrainians with new visa restrictions -- CBS/AP
US unveils visa bans over Crimea -- AVP
U.S. paves way for sanctions on Russians, Ukrainians over Crimea -- CNN
US imposes visa restrictions on Russian officials as Obama signs sanctions order -- The Guardian
U.S. official says 'actively considering' adding Russians to sanctions list -- Reuters
U.S. Restricts Visas of Those Threatening Ukraine Security -- Bloomberg Businesweek

Europe threatens Russia with visa bans, asset freezes -- RT
EU leaders slap initial sanctions on Russia -- AP
Europe's leaders call for dialogue at Ukraine summit -- AFP
EU should sign deal with Ukraine urgently: Polish PM -- Reuters
EU: Crimea Referendum Illegal -- Voice of America

EU names 18 Ukrainians whose assets will be frozen including ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, his son and country's former Prime Minister -- Daily Mail
EU freezes assets of ousted Ukrainian leader and 17 others -- Reuters
EU agrees sanctions against Yanukovych as leaders hold summit -- The Telegraph

EIB says support for Ukraine could total 3 billion euros -- Reuters
Ukraine bailout: 3 things we know, and 2 things we don't -- Anna Kordunsky, Christian Science Monitor
Ukraine Says It Paid for January Gas Supplies From Russia -- RIA Novsoti
Europe Fears Gas Shortages if Russia Cuts Off Ukraine -- Voice of America
EU May Delay Ukraine Trade Deal -- Voice of America
Ukraine crisis: CIA, not Pentagon, forecast Russian move - sources -- Reuters
U.S., China officials agree Ukraine's territorial integrity important -- Reuters

Why Crimea is so dangerous -- BBC
What's Going On in Ukraine? An Up-to-Date Guide -- Colleen Curry, ABC News
Ukraine crisis: any EU sanctions are unlikely to make impression on Putin -- Ian Traynor, The Guardian
Conflict or compromise: 5 possible directions in Ukraine -- Tom Foreman, CNN
Divided over Ukraine's future -- Al Jazeera
'Putin is cunning': exile Ukrainians watch nervously -- Alexander Winning and Victoria Cavaliere, Reuters
If Russia swallows Ukraine, the European system is finished -- Timothy Snyder, historian, Special to CNN
Does Putin really want Crimea within Russia? Maybe not. -- Fred weir, Christian Science Monitor
A destitute country: Can Ukraine survive its economic crisis? -- Olesia Oleshko. Al Jazeera
Steeped in Bloody History, and Seeing a Chance to Rewrite It -- Andrew Higgins, New York Times
White House Blames Russia For Ukraine Crisis -- Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes
Explainer: How Do Russia's And Ukraine's Armies Compare? -- Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe

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