Obama to Putin: ‘Burden is on Russia’ to let world probe crash

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Saying that pro-Russian separatists’ behavior “has no place in the community of nations,” President Barack Obama said on Monday that “the burden is on Russia” to push the separatists to allow unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

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Obama and Putin chat on sidelines of D-Day anniversary lunch

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President Barack Obama and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met Friday on the sidelines of D-Day anniversary events in France, the first face-to-face contact between the two leaders following months of tension.

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Ukraine clashes turn deadly as dozens killed in fire

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At least 31 people were killed in a fire that broke out amid clashes between pro-Russia demonstrators and government supporters in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa.

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Ukrainian women to Russian men: “No sex for you”

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With the White House, European Union and NATO failing to stop the annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian campaigners are now trying a different approach to ending Moscow’s aggression - urging women to abstain from sex with Russian men.

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Vladimir Putin signs Russia’s annexation of Crimea into law

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Friday completing the annexation of Crimea.

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Obama: U.S. could target ‘key sectors of the Russian economy’

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President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has signed an executive order giving the United States authority to impose sanctions on “key sectors of the Russian economy” if necessary in light of Russia’s “dangerous risks of escalation” in Ukraine.

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Ukraine to withdraw troops from Crimea, officials announce

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Ukraine is preparing to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, officials in Kiev announced Wednesday.

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Crimea referendum followed all democratic norms, Putin says

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The referendum in Crimea followed “all democratic norms” and the region’s vote to secede from Ukraine was “convincing,” President Vladimir Putin told a special joint session of Russia’s parliament on Tuesday.

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BREAKING: Putin signs declaration recognizing Crimea as a ‘sovereign and independent state’

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Obama warns Russia: More ‘provocations’ mean more sanctions

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President Barack Obama said Monday that new sanctions on Russian officials will “continue to increase the costs” on its government and that the United States is prepared to impose further sanctions if needed.

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Obama to Putin: U.S. will punish Russia for Ukraine vote

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President Obama warned Vladimir Putin of “additional costs” for Russia after a weekend referendum to separate Crimea from the Ukraine went forward.

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Russia or Ukraine? Polls close in Crimea's referendum
The polls have closed in Ukraine’s autonomous Crimean region following a contentious day of voters casting ballots Sunday in a referendum on whether the peninsula should become part of Russia instead.

Russia or Ukraine? Crimea’s referendum vote begins

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Voters in Ukraine’s autonomous Crimean region began casting ballots Sunday in a referendum on whether the peninsula should become part of Russia instead.

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Kerry: We won’t recognize Crimea vote

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Secretary of State John Kerry said neither the United States nor the international community would recognize the outcome of Sunday’s Crimea referendum.

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Crimea says it wants to secede from Ukraine. What’s next?

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Crimea’s parliament voted to split from Ukraine and join Russia Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a national referendum on the issue within 10 days.

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