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A man guards a road intersection as pro-Russian activists strengthen the barricades in front of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A man guards a road intersection as pro-Russian activists strengthen the barricades in front of the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Poll: Most Ukrainians Want Unified Nation

A strong majority of Ukrainians want their country to remain a single, unified state and this is true even in the largely Russian-speaking east where a pro-Russia insurgency has been fighting for autonomy, a poll released Thursday shows.

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Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Men carry the coffin of a person killed during last week's unrest, during a commemorative service in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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UN Officials Meet with Ukraine Government

A senior U.N. diplomat has arrived in Kiev while Switzerland's president is in Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin, in a flurry of diplomatic activity seeking to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine.

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Mourners and family members cry next the coffin of regional parliament member Vyacheslav Markin, in Odessa, Ukraine, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Mourners and family members cry next the coffin of regional parliament member Vyacheslav Markin, in Odessa, Ukraine, Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Ukraine Sends Elite Force to Odessa

Ukraine sent an elite national guard unit to its southern port of Odessa, desperate to halt a spread of the fighting between government troops and a pro-Russia militia in the east that killed combatants on both sides Monday.

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Protesters, many of the expatriate Ukrainians, demonstrate near Downing Street against the Russian annexation of Crimea
Protesters, many of the expatriate Ukrainians, demonstrate near Downing Street against the Russian annexation of Crimea (Sean Gallup, Getty Images)
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US: Evidence of Russia Driving Ukraine Unrest

The White House on Monday said there was "overwhelming evidence" that Russia is fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but suggested that President Barack Obama has not yet concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions warrant broader sanctions on key Russian economic sectors.

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Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
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Senate, House Back Bills to Aid Ukraine

Congress spoke with one voice on Thursday against Russia's annexation of Crimea, passing legislation in the House and Senate giving help to cash-strapped Ukraine and imposing sanctions against Russia.

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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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