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The draft bill is one of several steps before Russia formally annexes Crimea from Ukraine.
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Putin Approves Draft Bill For Annexation Of Crimea

Russia is preparing to formally annex the Black Sea peninsula after Sunday’s referendum.


Russian-led troops load into a military vehicle in Crimea. (Getty Images)

Ukraine: 11,000 Pro-Russian Troops Control Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces numbering more than 11,000 controlled all access to Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and have blockaded all military bases that have not yet surrendered, Crimea’s new leader said. The West has […]


Heavily armed soldiers wearing no identifying military insignia stand guard outside the Crimean parliament building in Simeropol. (Getty Images)

Crimean Leader Claims Control, Asks Putin For Help

The pro-Russian leader of Ukraine’s Crimea appealed to Russia’s president for help in keeping the peace.


Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Says Russian Forces Control Crimean Airports

Russian troops take control of Ukraine’s two main Crimean airports, say Ukrainian officials.


The USS Taylor was deployed to the Black Sea ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. (Photo credit:

U.S. Warship Deployed Near Sochi Runs Aground

The USS Taylor is being inspected for damage.


Though beautiful, scientists warn conditions around the mountains near Sochi are just right for deadly avalanches. (Getty Images)

Sochi Mountain Range Has Caused Some Of The Deadliest Avalanches In Recent History

It’s unique combination of jagged peaks, rocky slopes and proximity to the Black Sea have caused some of the deadliest avalanches in the past 10 years.


Russian firefighters and security personnel inspect the damage at a train station following the suicide attack. (AFP/Getty Images)

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 15 in Russia Train Station Attack

At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded Sunday by a female suicide bomber at a railway station in southern Russia, officials said, heightening concern about terrorism ahead of February’s Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.