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Russia deploys warships near Crimea for Ukrainian missile tests: Reports

Kiev began two days of missile tests on Thursday, angering Russia, which has put its air defence forces on high alert saying it hopes the war games won’t disrupt international flights.

Crimean leader in Delhi during Putin visit; may be a thorn in Obama’s side in Jan

Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region.

EU sanctions on Russia presents opportunity for diamond industry

Currently, Russia trades 63 per cent of its diamond production in Antwerp, Belgium.

Ukraine’s presidential vote: a step out of crisis

The election aims to unify the fiercely divided country or at least discourage further polarisation.

On first Crimea visit, Putin trumpets Russian revival

Putin is to attend a massive navy parade in the port of Sevastopol.

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia insurgents.

In the shadow of Nicholas I

Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister are perhaps beginning to appreciate their geopolitical blunder in Crimea.

Ukraine says Russia fomenting eastern unrest

Yatsenyuk said Russian troops remain stationed within 30 kilometres of the frontier.

Crimea a part of Ukraine: Yanukovych

Viktor Yanukovych calls Russia’s annexation of Crimea “a tragedy”.

Russia says battalion withdrawing from near Ukrainian border

They did not make clear whether other Russian troops near the border would pull back.

Russia vows no Ukraine invasion as leaders seek solution

Telephone talks between Putin and Barack Obama were the latest signs of lessening tensions between Moscow and West.

Crimea Tatar leader wants autonomy after Russia’s seizure of peninsula

Tatars, an indigenous population of Turkic origin, were deported from Crimea to Central Asia in 1944 under Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Back in the USSR

Russia’s annexation of Crimea reminds me of a cartoon published in a Mumbai daily when the erstwhile USSR had moved into Afghanistan in the early Eighties.

Ukraine expects first tranche of $3 billion from IMF

Ukraine’s Finance Ministry has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years.

Both sides now

Through the new Cold War, and in crises like Crimea, developing countries are rediscovering their relevance.