British Foreign Secretary William Hague has called the growing crisis in Ukraine the "biggest in Europe in the 21st Century" as 6,000 Russian troops took control of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine on Monday.
"Clearly we are very concerned about any possibility of a further move by Russia in other parts of Ukraine but that does not mean the position in the Crimea is stable," Hague told BBC.
"This is a very tense situation and dangerous situation that Russia's intervention has now produced." more >>
Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has called for the full mobilization of the country's troops early Sunday, and had sought help from NATO amid fears of war. The nation's Foreign Minister has also looked to seek help from U.S. and U.K. leaders as the newly installed leadership in the troubled country quickly moves to guarantee its security.
The developments in Ukraine have been sparked after Russian President Vladimir Putin received his parliament's unanimous approval to deploy troops in Ukraine - defying warnings from the United States and Western countries not to intervene. Russian troops have already moved in an united with local allies to largely take control in Crimea, a Black Sea province of Ukraine that once belonged to Russia until 1954, and remains largely pro-Russian.
Ethnic Russian forces, who seized Crimea without any violence over the weekend, made attempts to disarm the small Ukrainian contingents there Sunday, according to Reuters. more >>
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President Barack Obama on Friday issued a stern warning to Russia, saying any military intervention in Ukraine will be "deeply destabilizing" and involve "costs," after reports of Moscow's military movement inside the troubled former Soviet nation.
"We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine," Obama said at the White House Friday. "It would be a clear violation of Russia's commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine and of international laws."
Obama's warning came hours after Ukraine accused Russia of a "military invasion and occupation," according to The Associated Press. more >>
After watching their country erupt into months of angry anti-government protests, Christians in Ukraine praised a peace deal that ended the protests as well as the appointment of Baptist pastor Dr. Oleksandr Turchynov as their interim president.
The Ukrainian parliament voted to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych after he fled the country during deadly protests. Oleksandr Turchynov, a pastor and right hand man to politician Yulia Tymoshenko, who was recently released from a two-year stint in prison, was elected interim president until May 25 when the country is expected to hold a presidential election.
"Joy and sadness overfills our hearts as we celebrate the news of birth of a New Ukraine and grieve for the young men, students and husbands who died for this to happen," said the European Baptist Federation in a statement Sunday. more >>
The parliament in Ukraine has named its speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, as interim president following the dismissal of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday.
After three months of anti-government protests that killed at least 82 people, the parliament of Ukraine Saturday voted to remove Yanukovich in a move that is a major setback to Russia and a big development for Europe and the United States.
The vote in the parliament to remove pro-Russian Yanukovich was followed by the release of former prime minister and his main opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, from jail. more >>