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Kerry’s on His Way to Kiev, Obama Continues to Accuse Moscow, and More on Ukraine

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Posted on Mar 4, 2014

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are taking firm, albeit simplistic, approaches to the developing crisis in Ukraine. Obama has continually sided with European leaders, this time announcing “a raft of their toughest sanctions against Russia in decades” on Monday while stating that the Kremlin is on the “wrong side of history.” Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists his country’s military presence in Ukraine is absolutely necessary as Crimean soldiers lament the growing conflict at their doorstep.

Kerry is expected at the Kiev airport Tuesday morning to meet and support Ukraine’s new leaders, in line with the rest of the West’s actions.

US toughens stance on Ukraine as Kerry to visit Kiev (via AFP)

The United States on Tuesday toughened its stand on Ukraine as Secretary of State John Kerry was to arrive in Kiev to support its new Western-backed leaders who are caught up in a Cold War-style struggle between Washington and Moscow. Russia meanwhile…

Obama says Russia on ‘wrong side of history’ on Ukraine (via AFP)

Ukraine accused Russia on Monday of giving its forces in Crimea an ultimatum to surrender, as US President Barack Obama said Moscow was on the “wrong side of history” in Europe’s worst standoff since the Cold War. Both Washington and the European Union…

Russia’s actions ‘unacceptable’, say top European leaders (via AFP)

British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francoise Hollande on Monday warned of repercussions for Russia over its “completely unacceptable” actions in Ukraine. Cameron spoke separately to both leaders…

Lavrov slams threats of ‘sanctions and boycotts’ over Ukraine (via AFP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday harshly criticised threats of “sanctions and boycotts” over his country’s role in the spiralling crisis in Ukraine, as Western powers ponder whether to kick Moscow out of the G8. “Those who try to interpret…

Puzzled soldiers struggle to understand Crimea crisis (via AFP)

A Russian soldier could not hide his tears as he leant against a tree, just metres from a Ukrainian military base in Crimea that his unit had surrounded. “You have to understand him, he’s ashamed of what’s happening here,” said Gulya, the mother of…

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