- Obama says Crimea separation vote would break law Updated: Mar-06-14 1:45 pm
- US, Europeans try to rally Western front vs Russia Updated: Mar-03-14 11:16 pm
- White House: Yanukovych not actively Ukraine head Updated: Feb-24-14 8:40 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that a referendum in 10 days on the future of a Ukraine's Crimea peninsula would violate international law. The United States also moved to impose visa restrictions and financial sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians for the moves Moscow already has made into Crimea.
WASHINGTON - The U.S and major allies strained on Monday to rally a strong Western front to persuade Russia to step back from a military takeover of Ukraine's strategic Crimea region. But several acknowledged there are few options beyond already-threatened economic and diplomatic penalties, and critics said administration efforts were too little, too late after years of pressing for friendlier relations with Moscow.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration signaled Monday it no longer recognizes Viktor Yanukovych as Ukraine's president. The shift of support for opposition leaders in Kiev came even as U.S. officials sought to assure Russia that it does not have to be shut out of a future relationship with a new Ukrainian government.