Polish PM: EU should sign deal with Ukraine urgently
The European Union should urgently sign an association agreement with Ukraine, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Thursday. "I propose the urgent signing of the association agreement. There is a chance. But the opposition will be strong," Tusk said in a post on Twitter.
Crimea votes to join Russia
Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.
Putin says Russia reserves right to use all options in Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow reserves the right to use all options in Ukraine but says any use of force would be the last resort if lawlessness starts in eastern Ukraine.
Russian Black Sea Fleet says no assault ultimatum in Crimea
Russia's Black Sea Fleet has not issued an ultimatum to Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender by 5 a.m. on Tuesday or face an assault, Interfax news agency quoted an official at the fleet's headquarters as saying.
Yanukovych Encourages Russia To Act In Crisis
Viktor Yanukovych said Friday in his first public address since being ousted as president of Ukraine that he will continue to fight for the future of his country and condemned the interim government in Kiev as violent usurpers.