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Ukraine Votes as Prez Warns of 'Step Into Abyss'

Referendum on self-rule goes forward

(Newser) - The question on the referendum is simple: "Do you support the act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic/Luhansk People's Republic?" The act of answering, in today's poll in Ukraine's aforementioned two eastern provinces, is contentious, chaotic, and already being denounced as rigged and...

Kiev: We've Lost Control of East

Security forces 'helpless,' president says

(Newser) - Is the battle for eastern Ukraine over? The country's acting president has admitted that Kiev has lost control of eastern regions and security forces are "helpless" against pro-Russia gunmen who have seized control of government buildings, the Guardian reports." It is hard to accept but it’s...

Tortured Bodies Put Ukraine Back on Warpath

President orders new round of 'anti-terror' ops

(Newser) - Tensions in Ukraine are rising dangerously again despite last week's diplomatic agreement : The country's acting president has ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations against pro-Russia militants in the country's east after the tortured bodies of two people allegedly abducted by insurgents were found in the...

Separatists Declare Part of Ukraine Independent

Buildings in 3 cities in eastern Ukraine seized

(Newser) - Crimea first, eastern Ukraine next? Pro-Russia protesters last night seized government buildings in the cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk in Ukraine's largely Russian-speaking east, waving Russian flags and demanding a referendum on joining Russia, reports Reuters. In Donetsk, separatists have dubbed the region an independent republic, and have...

Ukraine Dumps Defense Minister

With military in shambles, it seeks public's help

(Newser) - Ukraine's parliament has ousted acting defense minister Ihor Tenyukh without offering an immediate explanation, CNN reports. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov prompted the move, which saw the country's parliament replace Tenyukh with Col. Gen. Myhaylo Koval. The switch comes as Ukraine's weakened military turns to the country's...

Ukraine's Military At the Ready: Acting PM

But Arseniy Yatsenyuk 'convinced' Russia won't intervene

(Newser) - Ukraine's acting prime minister is "convinced" that Russia's military won't intervene in his country—but Ukraine's military is prepared for action. If Moscow were to make such a move, "this would be the beginning of war and the end of all relations," says...

Obama Warns Russia Over Ukraine Intervention

President says 'there will be costs' if Moscow uses force

(Newser) - After another day of fast-moving and confusing developments in Ukraine, President Obama warned Russia to butt out of that nation's affairs. Obama said "there will be costs" for any military intervention, though he declined to specify what they may be. He said the US is "deeply concerned"...

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