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Putin to mark five years of annexation in Crimea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Crimea on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of Moscow's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine, condemned by the West but celebrated by most Russians.

Crimean archbishop accuses Russia of trying to tarnish his name

Simferopol - The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Moscow-annexed Crimea said on Monday he had been released by police, accusing Russian authorities of seeking to tarnish his reputation.

Ukrainian Church in Crimea faces closure

Simferopol - The only major Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Russian-annexed Crimea is set to close, its head told AFP, following a historic religious split between Kiev and Moscow.

Crimea bridge backdrop for Russian 'propaganda' rom-com

Moscow - A new bridge linking annexed Crimea to the Russian mainland is the unlikely backdrop to a lush state-funded rom-com that has been compared to Soviet propaganda and panned by critics.The sexually charged "Crimean Bridge: Made with Love!

In Kerch, locals fear deadly college attack linked to 'terrorism'

Kerch - Residents of the Crimean city of Kerch, where 20 were killed and some 50 injured in an attack on a technical college, on Friday widely expressed doubts over claims by investigators that the teenage gunman acted alone.

Tears, confusion as Crimea mourns college shooting

Kerch - A crowd of mostly young people gathered at a makeshift memorial on Thursday outside the college in Crimea's Kerch where a teenage gunman killed at least 20 people a day earlier.

Nine minors dead in Crimea school shooting, youngest 15

Kerch - A 15-year-old boy was the youngest to die when a teenage gunman attacked his college in the Crimean city of Kerch, while at least nine of the dead were minors, authorities said.

Crimean college shooting: what we know so far

Moscow - A teenage gunman shot dead at least 19 people and injured dozens before killing himself at a technical college where he was a student in Russian-annexed Crimea on Wednesday. Here is what we know so far about the shooting.

'Randomly shooting everyone': Witnesses on Crimea college attack

Simferopol - Students in the Crimean college where at least 17 people died on Wednesday said they heard shooting and chaos as students fled from a gunman or multiple gunmen in the building.

Russia's 'blockade' of Sea of Azov ports angers Ukraine

Mariupol - Seagulls whirl over the docks of Ukraine's port of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov as huge cranes once used to unload ships' cargoes stand idle.

Russia dismisses US Crimea declaration

Moscow - Russia scoffed at a US declaration that said Washington would not accept Moscow's annexation of Crimea, suggesting the country's Ukraine policy could change in the future.

US reaffirms refusal to accept Russia annexing Crimea

Washington - The US government said Wednesday it will not accept Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, as President Donald Trump continues to faced recriminations over his summit with Vladimir Putin.

White House won't recognize Crimea annexation: official

Washington - The White House said Monday it rejects Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and US sanctions will remain in place until the move is reversed."We do not recognize Russia's attempt to annex Crimea.

White House won't recognize Crimea annexation: official

Washington - The White House said Monday it rejects Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and US sanctions will remain in place until the move is reversed."We do not recognize Russia's attempt to annex Crimea.

Trump fails to rule out accepting Russian claim on Crimea

Washington - US President Donald Trump refused on Friday to rule out accepting Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region when he meets his Kremlin counterpart Vladimir Putin next month.

EU extends Crimea sanctions for another year

Apo - The European Union on Monday rolled over for another year tough sanctions imposed over Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Crimea to vote Putin for first time amid crackdown on dissent

Sevastopol - In Crimea, which votes this weekend in Russian presidential elections for the first time since annexation from Ukraine in 2014, loudspeakers blast out the message: "Choose a president! Choose a future!".

Putin keeps Crimean crowds waiting for historically short speech

Sevastopol - Olga Orlova says she never thought she would be able to vote for Vladimir Putin in her native Crimea. "It still seems so surreal, like a fantasy," she said after watching the Russian leader at a rally in the port city of Sevastopol.

Putin hails Crimea annexation in speech ahead of vote

Sevastopol - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday thanked residents of Crimea for voting to annex the peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, calling the move "real democracy" in a speech days ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

Russia tries 86 Crimean Tatars in single day

Simferopol - Russian authorities in annexed Crimea on Monday were holding trials for 86 Crimean Tatars who had staged solo protests against Moscow's rule in October, a local leader and rights groups said.

Crimean Tatars freed by Russia arrive as heroes in Ukraine

Kiev - Two Crimean Tatar leaders sentenced for their political activities by Russian authorities in the annexed peninsula arrived Friday to a rapturous welcome in Ukraine after being released thanks to an apparent deal brokered by Turkey.

Crimean Tatars freed by Russia after Putin-Erdogan talks

Simferopol - Two Crimean Tatar activists sentenced for their political activities by Russian authorities in the annexed peninsula have been freed after an apparent agreement between the presidents of Russia and Turkey.

Leading Crimean Tatar activists freed by Russia

Simferopol - Two leading Tatar activists sentenced for their political activities by Russian authorities in annexed Crimea have been freed and have flown to Turkey, their family and lawyers said on Wednesday.

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.
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Thousands of Ukrainians opposed to the Russian Federation's seizure of Crimea protest in the streets of Kiev in March.
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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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Guards from Ukraine's Berkut security force guard a checkpoint at the entrance to the Crimea Peninsula in March.
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Flag of Slovyansk, Ukraine Photo: Mysid/Wikimedia Commons
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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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NEGOTIATION: Talks between Ukraine and the Russian Federation are scheduled to begin Wednesday in Minsk, Belarus, shown above.
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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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Grape vines in Crimea.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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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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North Crimea Canal flowing at peak flow.
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North Crimea Canal flowing at peak flow. Sept. 23, 2008.
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