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.
THE OLD IMPERIALIST Taking up the issue of the Crimean referendum that favoured Crimea’s joining of the Russian Federation, the CPM’s People’s Democracy says the referendum has been “endorsed as free and fair” by many international observers, but the US has shown its “double standards on democracy” on the issue. “Displaying the height of hypocrisy […]
The measure also includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund that are opposed by many congressional Republicans.
Ban said security assurances were an essential condition for Ukraine’s accession two decades ago to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).