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.
Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region.
Currently, Russia trades 63 per cent of its diamond production in Antwerp, Belgium.
The election aims to unify the fiercely divided country or at least discourage further polarisation.
Putin is to attend a massive navy parade in the port of Sevastopol.
A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia insurgents.
Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister are perhaps beginning to appreciate their geopolitical blunder in Crimea.
Yatsenyuk said Russian troops remain stationed within 30 kilometres of the frontier.
Viktor Yanukovych calls Russia’s annexation of Crimea “a tragedy”.
They did not make clear whether other Russian troops near the border would pull back.
Telephone talks between Putin and Barack Obama were the latest signs of lessening tensions between Moscow and West.
Tatars, an indigenous population of Turkic origin, were deported from Crimea to Central Asia in 1944 under Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
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’s Finance Ministry has said it needs $35 billion over the next two years.
Through the new Cold War, and in crises like Crimea, developing countries are rediscovering their relevance.