Russia http://wnpr.org en Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20302 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-military-says-it-moving-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20169 at http://wnpr.org Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea http://wnpr.org/post/russian-attack-aircraft-buzzes-us-warship-black-sea The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.<p>According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.<p>The Russian aircraft did not appear to be carrying bombs or missiles. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20124 at http://wnpr.org Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-says-officer-died-battle-pro-russian-forces A Ukrainian Security Service officer has been killed and five others wounded in the eastern city of Slovyansk, officials from Ukraine's interim government said Sunday. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 20076 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Says An Officer Died In Battle With Pro-Russian Forces Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back http://wnpr.org/post/not-april-fools-joke-russians-petition-get-alaska-back President Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea is reigniting talk in Russia of taking back Alaska from the United States, which purchased the territory from a czar for $7.2 million nearly a century and a half ago.<p>Most of the talk is tongue-in-cheek, but it comes at a time of heightened sensitivity in the West over whether Russia is planning further incursions or land grabs.<p>A recent petition written in clunky English on the official <a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/alaska-back-russia/SFG1ppfN" target="_blank">White House website </a>seeks Alaska's secession and return t Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 19412 at http://wnpr.org Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea http://wnpr.org/post/obama-meets-kazakh-leader-amid-us-moves-isolate-moscow <strong>(This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18988 at http://wnpr.org Obama: Russia Making 'Series Of Calculations' After Crimea How Do You Pronounce the Capital of Ukraine? http://wnpr.org/post/how-do-you-pronounce-capital-ukraine <p>With the situation in Ukraine as bad as it is, semantics are not high on the list of priorities. But it's something that inevitably comes up for journalists when we discuss names and locations in other parts of the world.</p><p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-and-russian-relations-chris-murphy-discusses-recent-trip-kiev" target="_blank">U.S. Senator Chris Murphy was on WNPR's <em>Where We Live</em></a> to talk about his recent trip to Ukraine's capital of Kiev, or Kyiv (more on that later).</p><p>Murphy pronounces the name of this city as "Keev."</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:24:32 +0000 Tucker Ives 18749 at http://wnpr.org How Do You Pronounce the Capital of Ukraine? Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-orders-its-troops-out-crimea-g7-meets-crisis Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18917 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis Murphy: Sanctions Could Have "Catastrophic Effects for the Russian Economy" http://wnpr.org/post/murphy-sanctions-could-have-catastrophic-effects-russian-economy <p>President Barack Obama expanded economic sanctions against Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine, with further sanctions on top officials of the Russian government.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals," said Obama in a statement on the south lawn of the White House.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:28:40 +0000 Diane Orson & Tucker Ives 18779 at http://wnpr.org Murphy: Sanctions Could Have "Catastrophic Effects for the Russian Economy" U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials http://wnpr.org/post/us-adds-sanctions-russian-officials More senior Russian officials are being added to the list of those who the U.S. will seek to penalize for their nation's interference in Ukraine's affairs, President Obama announced Thursday morning.<p>Without giving specifics, Obama said that additional officials who played a role in Russia's "illegal move" to annex Crimea will be subject to U.S. financial sanctions and travel bans. According to the Treasury Department, 20 individuals are covered by the new sanctions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:58:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18746 at http://wnpr.org U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials Ukraine Crisis and Russian Relations: Chris Murphy Discusses Recent Trip to Kiev http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-and-russian-relations-chris-murphy-discusses-recent-trip-kiev <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in recent months, Senator Chris Murphy traveled with other U.S. senators to Kiev to meet with the new political leaders in the embattled country of Ukraine. But the conversation for many has turned from Ukraine, to the U.S. relationship with Russia. What's next for the region and has Ukraine completely lost the Crimea peninsula?</span></p><p>Murphy joins us in-studio to debrief on his trip and discuss the possibility&nbsp;of further U.S. actions against Russia.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18703 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Crisis and Russian Relations: Chris Murphy Discusses Recent Trip to Kiev Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-troops-departure-crimea-isnt-simple-matter Ukraine's plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/19/291386796/tensions-build-as-pro-russian-forces-enter-ukrainian-navy-base" target="_blank">which as we reported were announced Wednesday</a>, have apparently been complicated by the issue of whether they will be allowed to take their weapons and other equipment with them.<p>NPR's Gregory Warner reports from the Crimean capital of Simferopol that the 25,000 or so Ukrainian troops in the region had not been given orders to leave by their commanders as of midafternoon local time on Thursday. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18738 at http://wnpr.org Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power? http://wnpr.org/post/debate-it-may-be-flexing-its-muscles-russia-marginal-power In the past year, Russia has been a decisive player in several events on the international stage — often to the chagrin of the Obama administration. It gave asylum to former NSA contractor<strong> </strong>Edward Snowden, blocked United Nations efforts to impose sanctions against the Syrian government and sent troops into Ukraine.<p>Two teams of journalists and analysts faced off this month to debate the motion "Russia is a marginal power." One side argued that the country is squandering its full potential and its relationship with other world powers under Putin. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 18693 at http://wnpr.org Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power? Ukraine Says It's Preparing A Plan To Withdraw From Crimea http://wnpr.org/post/tensions-build-pro-russia-forces-enter-ukrainian-navy-base <strong>This post was last updated at 4:50 p.m.</strong><p>A day after Russia claimed Crimea as its own, Ukraine's security chief said they were drawing up plans to withdraw troops and their families from the area.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26656617#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter">The BBC reports</a> Andriy Parubiy said during a press conference that Ukraine wanted to move the troops "quickly and efficiently" to mainland Ukraine and that they would also ask the United Nations to declare Crimea a demilitarized zone.<p>That would mean that Russia would also have Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18675 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine Says It's Preparing A Plan To Withdraw From Crimea West Is Ruled 'By The Gun,' Putin Says As He Annexes Crimea http://wnpr.org/post/west-ruled-gun-putin-says-he-annexes-crimea <h6>We updated this post as Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke and other leaders reacted.</h6><p>Wasting no time and showing no sign that he's concerned about Western objections or economic sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea on Tuesday.<p>Making the case that Russia is responding to the will of the Crimean people, Putin argued that it is the U.S. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:16:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18612 at http://wnpr.org West Is Ruled 'By The Gun,' Putin Says As He Annexes Crimea Russia Recognizes Independent Crimea; U.S. And EU 'Stand Firm' With Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/us-and-eu-ready-sanctions-crimea-asks-join-russia <strong>Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET.<br /></strong> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18545 at http://wnpr.org Russia Recognizes Independent Crimea; U.S. And EU 'Stand Firm' With Ukraine New York Ukrainians Worry About 'Evil' Happenings at Home http://wnpr.org/post/new-york-ukrainians-worry-about-evil-happenings-home Yonkers, N.Y., is home to many Ukrainian immigrants and home to the Ukrainian Youth Center, which, despite its name, also has a full bar. It's where Rostyslaw Slabicky is glued to the news.<p>"The mood right now is extremely apprehensive," Slabicky says. "There's part that's <em>fait accomplis</em>, that Putin is basically doing what he wants and the entire world is basically standing by, not doing anything."<p>Around the corner at a Ukrainian credit union, branch manager Maria Zakotiria says the U.S. must help Ukraine. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:10:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 18517 at http://wnpr.org New York Ukrainians Worry About 'Evil' Happenings at Home Crimea Overwhelmingly Supports Split From Ukraine To Join Russia http://wnpr.org/post/crimeans-vote-splitting-ukraine-join-russia <h6>This post will be updated throughout the day Sunday.</h6><p>Russian news services are claiming overwhelming support in Crimea for the region's plan to secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia, citing exit polls from Sunday's referendum. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:02:00 +0000 editor 18501 at http://wnpr.org Crimea Overwhelmingly Supports Split From Ukraine To Join Russia Daring Cameraman In Ukraine Captures Secret 'Moscow' Summit http://wnpr.org/post/daring-cameraman-ukraine-captures-secret-moscow-summit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjAMdbEXSdo</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:20:15 +0000 Robert Krulwich 18431 at http://wnpr.org Daring Cameraman In Ukraine Captures Secret 'Moscow' Summit No Breakthrough In Talks About Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/us-russia-talk-crisis-ukraine-nears-new-flash-point <h6>This post has been updated.</h6><p><strong>Update at 12:45 ET:</strong> Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came away from talks Friday in London saying they had not come any closer to an agreement about how to end the crisis in Ukraine.<p>Lavrov told reporters after the two men met that Russia intends to "respect the choice of the Crimean people" — who will vote Sunday on whether to join the Russian Federation. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18426 at http://wnpr.org No Breakthrough In Talks About Ukraine Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence' http://wnpr.org/post/crimean-parliament-passes-declaration-independence "Crimea's regional legislature on Tuesday adopted a 'declaration of independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,' " <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ukraine-seeks-national-guard-call-reserves" target="_blank">The Associated Press reports</a>. "The document specified that Crimea will become an independent state if its residents vote on Sunday in favor of joining Russia."<p>That's just one of several developments Tuesday as the crisis in Ukraine continues. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18216 at http://wnpr.org Crimean Parliament Passes 'Declaration Of Independence' Edward Snowden Tells SXSW He'd Leak Those Secrets Again http://wnpr.org/post/live-edward-snowden-speaks-sxsw <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=Two-Way+%22Edward+Snowden%22" target="_blank">Edward Snowden</a>, the former National Security Agency contractor who has leaked large amounts of classified information about the agency's electronic surveillance programs, spoke via video to a sympathetic audience at South By Southwest Interactive on Monday.<p>Snowden, who is wanted for prosecution in the U.S., was in Russia, where he's been given temporary asylum. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:39:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 18155 at http://wnpr.org Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea http://wnpr.org/post/russian-lawmakers-welcome-separatist-steps-crimea One day after President Obama <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/06/286847526/obama-condemns-russian-intervention-in-ukraine" target="_blank">condemned steps taken by Crimea's parliament</a> to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, Russian lawmakers are welcoming such a move by Crimean separatists.<p>"Russia's parliament gave its defiant support Friday to Crimean lawmakers who want to see their region split from Ukraine and join Russia," <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/07/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/" target="_blank">CNN reports from Moscow</a>.<p>A delegation fr Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18034 at http://wnpr.org Russian Lawmakers Welcome Separatist Steps By Crimea U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says http://wnpr.org/post/us-knew-imminent-move-crimea-top-official-says Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the <a href="http://www.dia.mil/About.aspx">Defense Intelligence Agency</a> tells NPR.<p>"I think for easily seven to 10 days leading up to the Russian troops as we see them now in the Crimea, we were providing very solid reporting ... where we move from one level of a condition of warning, which I would just describe ... as sort of moderate to one where we believe things are imminent," Lt. Gen. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 18032 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate http://wnpr.org/post/seeking-energy-independence-europe-faces-heated-fracking-debate While watching the turmoil in Ukraine unfold, you may feel as though it has little to do with the United States, but the conflict is stirring a contentious debate in Europe over a topic familiar to many Americans: fracking.<p>Much of the continent depends on Russian natural gas that flows through pipelines in Ukraine. European countries are asking themselves whether to follow the U.S. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:17:00 +0000 editor 18026 at http://wnpr.org Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate White House Updates Position on Ukraine, Condemns Violation of International Law http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-updates-position-ukraine-condemns-violation-international-law <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama delivered a statement about Ukraine from the White House on Thursday, condemning the possibility that international law would be violated in Crimea.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier in the day, it was announced the European Union suspended talks on some of the agreements with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, and threatened further sanctions.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 17:59:31 +0000 Heather Brandon & Tucker Ives 17994 at http://wnpr.org White House Updates Position on Ukraine, Condemns Violation of International Law Ukraine: From Breadbasket To Basket Case http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-breadbasket-basket-case Ukraine was known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union for its fertile fields of wheat. Now it's just a basket case. The outgoing finance minister said the country needed $35 billion to stave off bankruptcy over the next couple years.<p>Some analysts say that figure may be on the high side. Still, such admissions usually send potential donors dashing for the exits. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Greg Myre 17878 at http://wnpr.org Ukraine: From Breadbasket To Basket Case Ukrainian Americans Living in Connecticut Worried for Ukraine's Future http://wnpr.org/post/ukrainian-americans-living-connecticut-worried-ukraines-future <p>As Russian troops tighten their control on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, Ukrainians living in Connecticut are anxious about the future of their home country.</p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:18:03 +0000 Ray Hardman 17833 at http://wnpr.org Ukrainian Americans Living in Connecticut Worried for Ukraine's Future U.S., EU Threaten Russia With Sanctions Over Ukraine http://wnpr.org/post/us-eu-threaten-russia-sanctions-over-ukraine <strong><em>(We updated this post at 8:28 p.m. ET.)</em></strong><p>The United States and the European Union are threatening Moscow with sanctions over <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/03/285271322/reports-russia-issues-ultimatum-warns-ukraine-of-storm">Russia's move to dispatch troops into Ukrainian territory</a>.<p>During short remarks at the Oval Office, President Obama said the U.S. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 20:05:05 +0000 Eyder Peralta 17817 at http://wnpr.org U.S., EU Threaten Russia With Sanctions Over Ukraine Russia Denies Issuing Ultimatum Or Warning Ukraine Of 'Storm' http://wnpr.org/post/russia-denies-issuing-ultimatum-or-warning-ukraine-storm <strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:35:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 17810 at http://wnpr.org Russia Denies Issuing Ultimatum Or Warning Ukraine Of 'Storm'