(Oren Dorell, USA TODAY)
[Bloomberg Businessweek] Ukraine Starts Army Drills as Russia Warns on Eastern Unrest
Ukraine began military drills as Russian forces tightened their hold on the Crimean peninsula and the Foreign Ministry in Moscow warned of “lawlessness” in the former Soviet republic’s eastern provinces.
[USA Today] Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker
[Voice of America] Crimea Invites Observers to Monitor Vote on Joining Russia
Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo
Crisis in Ukraine: The World Reacts
President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that a referendum in 10 days on the future of a Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula would violate international law. The United States also moved to impose visa restrictions and financial sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians for the moves Moscow already has made into Crimea.
Speaking from the White House, Obama said any decisions on the future of Crimea, a pro-Russian area of Ukraine, must include the country’s new government. (AP)
(Photos by Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS, Cathal McNaughton/REUTERS, Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo)
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Riot policemen detain a protester during a demonstrator against austerity measures in Athens, on Friday March 6, 2014. Riot police have used tear gas and pepper spray during scuffles with union members protesting austerity measures, during a ban on demonstrations in parts of central Athens due to a visit by German President Joachim Gauck. Scuffles broke out when a group of several dozen demonstrators attempted to break through a police cordon on a major avenue in an effort to march to the Finance Ministry.
[Reuters] Greece wants lenders to agree bailout review without bank deal
(Uriel Sinai/The New York Times)
[The New York Times] As E.U. Meets, Crimea Moves to Hold Vote on Joining Russia
Ignoring pressure and objections from the West and from Ukraine’s fledgling national government, the pro-Russian authorities in Crimea pressed ahead on Thursday with plans to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia.
[NRCU – Ukrainian Radio] Crimea parliament sets referendum on joining Russia on March 16
[Yahoo News] Crimea votes to join Russia, accelerating Ukraine crisis