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Russia hands Crimean Tatar leader 2-year sentence

Simferopol - A court in Moscow-annexed Crimea on Wednesday sentenced leading Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov to two years in a penal colony on charges of "separatism".

Russia jails Crimean Tatar leader

Simferopol - A Crimean Tatar leader was jailed for eight years by Russia on Monday over a rally against Moscow's seizure of the region, in a trial branded a "sham" by rights activists.

Crimea brought to standstill after Russian power shutdown

Sevastopol - The annexed Crimea peninsula was brought to a standstill for two hours Friday after a shutdown in Russia hit supplies there, officials said, the latest in a series of cuts.

Putin visits annexed Crimea, triggering Kiev protest

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014, a trip quickly denounced by Kiev as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.

EU rolls over Crimea sanctions for another year

Luxembourg - The European Union on Monday rolled over for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.

Russia marks three years since Crimea takeover

Moscow - Russia on Saturday marked a low-key third anniversary of the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, as Kiev blasted the annexation of the strategic Black Sea peninsula as a "crime".

Crimean Tatar lawyer held over 'extremist propaganda'

Simferopol - Russian authorities in annexed Crimea on Thursday detained a Tatar lawyer for allegedly spreading "extremist propaganda", activists said, the latest step in an official crackdown on the pro-Ukraine Muslim community.

Crimea treasures must be returned to Ukraine: Dutch court

Den Haag - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before Russia annexed the peninsula in 2014 should go back to Ukraine.

NATO urges continued sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Brussels - Damaging EU economic sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis must be kept in place to force Moscow to meet its Minsk ceasefire commitments, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

Ukraine launches missile drills near Russia-annexed Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine on Thursday unleashed a barrage of missile tests near Russian-annexed Crimea in a show of strength and defiance bound to irritate Moscow.

Ukraine warns Russia of missile tests near Crimea

Kiev - Ukraine ratcheted up tensions with Moscow on Wednesday by warning the Kremlin its army intended to hold two days of missile-launching exercises near the border with Russian-annexed Crimea.

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Moscow - Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimea peninsula, but Kiev said it had merely detained two Ukrainian army deserters.

Ukraine pushes UN to step up scrutiny of Crimea

New York - Ukraine on Tuesday launched a bid at the United Nations to condemn rights abuses in Crimea and press Russia to allow UN monitors to visit the territory.

EU adds to Crimea sanctions blacklist

Brussels - The European Union has added several people, including some recently elected to Russia's parliament, to its sanctions blacklist for their role in supporting Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine's leader speaks to 'fake' Kyrgyz president

Kiev - Ukrainian president spoke to what he thought was his Kyrgyz counterpart by phone this week -- only to discover that the person on the other end was someone else entirely.

Russia demands loyalty or silence, say Crimea's hounded Tatars

Bakhchysaray - Crimean Tartar activist Ilmi Umerov walks slowly and has difficulty controlling his left arm but his voice is strong and his eyes are piercing as he reiterates his rejection of Moscow's rule in the peninsula, an opinion for which he faces trial.

Pride and pressure as Crimea holds first Russia parliament vote

Simferopol - Crimea went to the polls Sunday to elect deputies to Russia's parliament for the first time since the region was annexed by Moscow -- stirring pride in some, but pushing others to protest.

Russia flaunts military might in Crimea drills

Yalta - Under a blazing sun, Sukhoi jets zoomed across the sky and dropped explosives, as Russian warships sailed right up to the shore.And beyond on a dusty steppe, paratroopers made a mass landing while ground forces ignited a wall of fire with napalm.

Russia frees Crimea Tatar activist Umerov from psychiatric hospital

Simferopol - Authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday released prominent Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov from a psychiatric hospital, where he was forcibly detained for three weeks as he faces extremism charges.

Protests as Russia holds Crimea Tatar activist in psych ward

Simferopol - International rights groups and Ukrainian officials protested Friday against the incarceration in a psychiatric hospital of a prominent Crimean Tatar activist charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.

Putin visits Crimea after Ukraine incursion claim

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin was on Friday visiting annexed Crimea to boost security measures there, just days after accusing Kiev of attempting an armed incursion into the peninsula.

Violence flares in Ukraine flashpoint after Crimea claims

- Ukrainian paratrooper Boroda says pro-Russian rebels have recently ramped up their shelling of one key village -- a move he links to Moscow's claim of a Kiev plot against annexed Crimea.

Ukraine accuses Russia of plotting as tensions rise

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of plotting further unrest as the international community sought to ease tensions after the two sides ramped up security around the disputed Crimean peninsula.

Ukraine accuses Russia of plotting unrest amid Crimea tensions

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of planning to stoke further unrest as the international community sought to ease tensions after the two sides ramped up security around the disputed Crimean peninsula.

US calls for Ukraine-Russia restraint over Crimea

Washington - The United States on Thursday called on Ukraine and Russia to show restraint after Moscow accused Kiev of plotting attacks in disputed Crimea, and urged a resumption of talks.

Ukraine at UN asks Russia to show proof of Crimea plot

New York - Ukraine on Thursday asked Russia to provide the UN Security Council with evidence to back up its accusations of a terror plot by Kiev in Crimea.

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Kiev - Ukraine put its forces around Crimea on high alert Thursday, as tensions soared after Moscow accused Kiev of attempting to mount armed incursions into the disputed peninsula.

Ukraine ready to turn to UN over Russian accusations of Crimea plot

New York - Ukraine will ask the UN Security Council to hold an urgent meeting if tensions continue to rise over Russia's accusations that Kiev orchestrated a plot to attack infrastructure in Crimea, the ambassador said Wednesday.

Putin accuses Ukraine of incursions into Crimea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of waging "terror" over alleged attempted incursions into annexed Crimea that Kiev has fiercely denied.

Russia claims foiled Crimea 'terrorist attacks' by Kiev

Moscow - Russia's security service on Wednesday said it had thwarted "terrorist attacks" in Crimea by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back an armed assault, but Kiev denied the claims.
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Thousands of Ukrainians opposed to the Russian Federation s seizure of Crimea protest in the streets...
Thousands of Ukrainians opposed to the Russian Federation's seizure of Crimea protest in the streets of Kiev in March.
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NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Mi...
NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus, shown above.
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US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen before the ...
US Secretary of State John Kerry talks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen before the start of a ministerial meeting in Brussels last year.
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A woman kisses a Ukrainian serviceman through the gate as he stands on the territory of a military u...
A woman kisses a Ukrainian serviceman through the gate as he stands on the territory of a military unit located in the village of Lyubimovka near a local airfield, southwest of Simferopol, Crimea's capital, March 3, 2014
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OSCE military observers take photos during negotiations with pro-Russian soldier forces at the Chong...
OSCE military observers take photos during negotiations with pro-Russian soldier forces at the Chongar check point blocking the entrance to Crimea on March 7, 2014
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Ukrainians gather Friday outside a closed McDonald s restaurant in the Crimean city of Simferopol.
Ukrainians gather Friday outside a closed McDonald's restaurant in the Crimean city of Simferopol.
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Grape vines in Crimea.
June 16  2003
Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the US Depart...
Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. in March.
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Map showing Crimea and the North Crimea Canal  running from southern Ukraine and down into Crimea. I...
Map showing Crimea and the North Crimea Canal, running from southern Ukraine and down into Crimea. It is the red line running across the northeastern part of the country.
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Natalia Poklonskaya  Crimea s attorney-general
Natalia Poklonskaya, Crimea's attorney-general
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Guards from Ukraine s Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsu...
Guards from Ukraine's Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsula in March.
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North Crimea Canal flowing at peak flow.
Sept. 23  2008.
North Crimea Canal flowing at peak flow. Sept. 23, 2008.
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Flag of Slovyansk, Ukraine Photo: Mysid/Wikimedia Commons
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