Ukraine launched an offensive against pro-Russian forces; officials say a fire in the southern port city of Odessa killed 31 people.
Seeking to ratchet up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Barack Obama said the United States would levy new sanctions Monday on Russian individuals and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged provocations in Ukraine.
President Barack Obama says that the United States is not looking to go to war with Russia over the unrest in Ukraine.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine as “nonsense,” but expressed hope for success of four-way talks on settling the crisis.
Russian news reports say Moscow may suspend arms control treaties in retaliation for U.S. withdrawal from military cooperation.
U.S pledges the Crimean Peninsula will remain part of Ukraine.
70 percent tell an Israeli pollster they no longer believe the U.S. can be relied upon to support the Jewish State’s interests.
Iran has begun to curb its atomic work in exchange for easing of international sanctions.
President Barack Obama has personally appealed to senators to hold off on seeking additional sanctions on Iran while the U.S. and world powers negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Iran’s foreign minister says his there is no need for world powers to publicly acknowledge Iran’s “right” to uranium enrichment, offering a potential way to sidestep another sticking point on a possible nuclear deal when talks resume later this week.