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President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House to deliver a statement on Ukraine
President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House to deliver a statement on Ukraine (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Obama Orders New Round of Sanctions on Russia

Seeking to intensify pressure on Russia, President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Moscow, targeting 20 individuals inside and outside the government, as well as a Russian bank that provides them support.

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President Barack Obama returns to the White House after a day trip to New York
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Obama: No Military Use in Crimea Dispute

President Barack Obama is ruling out use of the U.S. military in the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine.

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Russian riot police stand in central Simferopol, Ukraine
Russian riot police stand in central Simferopol, Ukraine (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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Russian Troops Take Naval Base in Crimea

Masked Russian-speaking troops on Wednesday seized control of Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea after it was stormed by militiamen. Pro-Moscow Crimean authorities also detained the Ukrainian navy commander and reportedly blocked the defense minister and another government official from traveling to the peninsula to try to defuse tensions.

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President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Obama Announces Sanctions on Russian Officials

In the most comprehensive sanctions against Russia since the end of the Cold War, President Barack Obama on Monday froze the U.S. assets of seven Russian officials, including top advisers to President Vladimir Putin, for their support of Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine.

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People in Lenin Square attend a pro Russian rally after a day of voting in Simferopol, Ukraine.
People in Lenin Square attend a pro Russian rally after a day of voting in Simferopol, Ukraine. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Crimeans Vote to Leave Ukraine,Join Russia

Just two weeks after Russian troops seized their peninsula, Crimeans voted Sunday to leave Ukraine and join Russia, overwhelmingly approving a referendum that sought to unite the strategically important Black Sea region with the country it was part of for some 250 years.

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A Russian warship, part of a blockade of Ukrainian ships, is viewed in Sevastopol harbor in Sevastopol, Ukraine.
A Russian warship, part of a blockade of Ukrainian ships, is viewed in Sevastopol harbor in Sevastopol, Ukraine. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Russian Troops Reported On Move Again in Crimea

Russia on Saturday was reported to be reinforcing its military presence in Crimea as Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as puppets.

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Cossacks stand guard at the entrance to the Crimean Parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine.
Cossacks stand guard at the entrance to the Crimean Parliament building in Simferopol, Ukraine. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Obama’s Warnings Brushed Aside by Russia’s Putin

One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

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President Obama Delivers Statement On Ukraine In Brady Briefing Room
President Obama Delivers Statement On Ukraine In Brady Briefing Room (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Obama Says Crimea Separation Vote Would Break Law

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.

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Pro-Russian sympathizers hold a small rally under a statue of Lenin on March 5, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine
Pro-Russian sympathizers hold a small rally under a statue of Lenin on March 5, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Crimea Lawmakers Schedule Vote on Joining Russia

Lawmakers in Crimea called a March 16th referendum on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia instead, voting unanimously Thursday to declare their preference for doing so.

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Sec. of State John Kerry arriving in Kiev
Sec. of State John Kerry arriving in Kiev - Youtube
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U.S. Pledges $1 Billion in Aid to the Ukraine – Prudent Move? [POLL]

Didn’t it seem like the crisis in the Ukraine just popped up in front of us without any warning?

Truth is, there were probably signs it was happening all along – it’s just that we weren’t paying attention

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