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The Russian majority peninsula, now under Russian occupation, seeks to become first region to 'switch' countries
Moscow considers end to arms inspections and says sanctions could 'boomerang' on West
The province's eastern-most city pins its hopes on a future with Russia
Analysis: Hard-nosed bargaining based on balance of leverage on the ground usually shapes outcome of geopolitical parley
Russian parliament defies US by welcoming peninsula’s secession as Gazprom threatens to cut off gas supply to Ukraine
Analysis: The deal reveals more about China’s tense relations in the Pacific than any allegiance to Ukraine or Russia
President Obama says the move is illegal under Ukrainian and international law; a referendum is to be held March 16
Experts say there's motivation beyond altruism for the US and EU trying to forge closer ties with the country in crisis
Robert Serry, trapped for nearly an hour inside a cafe, was escorted away to the airport by pro-Russian demonstrators
The New Republic's Julia Ioffe says comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler is a 'hair-raising analogy'
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that the Crimea region of Ukraine might already be lost to Russian control