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# russia - Tuesday 4 March, 2014

“Frightening and dangerous”: Taoiseach hopeful Ukraine crisis can be solved through diplomacy

The EU has condemned Russia’s “acts of aggression” in the region and called on Moscow to recall its troops from their deployment across Crimea.

Putin calls end to ‘military exercises’ as Kerry heads to Kiev

The Russian President has called an end to the drill near Ukraine’s border involving army, navy and airforce troops.

# russia - Monday 3 March, 2014

Ousted Ukrainian president asked Russia to deploy troops, security council hears

It comes amid a warning from the US President that Russia is on “the wrong side of history”.

Russian troops deny threatening assault on Ukrainian army within hours

The UK Foreign Secretary has said there will be “consequences and costs” to any military action.

Did Sarah Palin really predict that Russia would invade Ukraine? Unflippinbelievable This post contains videos

Did Sarah Palin really predict that Russia would invade Ukraine?

“I can see Crimea from my house…”

Russian troops and planes flow into Crimea as EU says sanctions are on the table

Over the last 24 hours, 10 Russian combat helicopters and eight military cargo planes have landed on the Black Sea peninsula.

‘A clear violation of sovereignty’: G7 leaders condemn Russian troop build-up

Russia’s partners in the G8 have condemned Moscow’s military escalation and cancelled their participation in preparations for the group’s summit in Sochi this June.

# russia - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday

Everyone’s talking about Ukraine mobilising for war, John Gilligan being in a stable condition and Oscar Night.

Ukraine’s navy chief switches allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities

Denis Berezovsky said in a televised statement that he “swears allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.

Tánaiste to meet EU foreign ministers for emergency talks on Ukraine crisis

Gilmore said Russia is obliged to respect Ukraine’s independence.

‘If Russia wants to be a G8 country it needs to act like one’ says US Secretary of State

John Kerry today raised the possibility of boycotting the G-8 summit in Russia.

“Russia must stop” – NATO chief

The NATO council is meeting today to discuss tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

Obama and Putin stare down over Ukraine

Ukraine has put troops on alert after Russia authorised the use of force in Crimea.

# russia - Saturday 1 March, 2014

Tánaiste says Russian forces in Ukraine is a ‘dangerous situation’

Eamon Gilmore on the Russian Federation to abide by international law and to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and independence.

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s talking about John Gilligan shooting, the Fine Gael Ard Fheis and Russian forces in the Ukraine.

Russia approves use of military in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the decision stating that it is potentially grave threat to the sovereignty.

Russia has sent 6,000 troops to Crimea says Ukraine

The peninsula has become a flashpoint in tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

# russia - Friday 28 February, 2014

US issues warning as Russian military ‘now controls Crimea’

President Barack Obama warned of the ‘costs’ of military intervention.

11 things Ukraine’s ousted president said during his first public appearance

Viktor Yanukovych spoke to reporters at a news conference in the Russian city of Rostov-On-Don.

Armed men are patrolling one of Ukraine’s main airports

However the airport is operating normally, despite their presence.

# russia - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Armed men seize Ukraine regional government buildings, hoist Russian flags

Up to 50 men with weapons marched into the buildings in the Crimea region overnight. Regional leaders have said they will “take measures”.

# russia - Wednesday 26 February, 2014

Column: The fight for the future of Ukraine is not over – not by a long shot

The deal struck between the government and opposition in Ukraine is a win for the EU … but Russia is not out of the fight, David Moloney.

Ukraine’s feared ‘Berkut’ riot police to be disbanded

The elite force were blamed for most of the deaths in the country’s capital last week. Nearly 100 people died in the violence.

# russia - Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Unity government to be formed in Kiev, as US stops just short of endorsing interim leader

The White House has called for a technocratic government to be installed to promote early elections.

# russia - Monday 24 February, 2014

Pussy Riot members among 200 detained after courthouse protest

Protesters had gathered outside a court today to condemn the prison sentences handed down to seven people who took part in a 2012 protest against Vladimir Putin.

‘Wanted for mass murder’ — Arrest warrant issued for toppled Ukraine leader Yanukovych

The interim interior minister posted on Facebook that the ousted president was wanted in connection with the “mass murder of peaceful citizens”.

Russia withdraws ambassador from Kiev as stand-off with Western powers deepens

The US has warned Russia against sending troops into Kiev, with National Security Adviser Susan Rice saying such a move would be a “grave mistake”.

# russia - Sunday 23 February, 2014

Ousted Ukrainian President tried to flee but was stopped by border guards

Viktor Yanukovych’s plane was from leaving the country as Yulia Tymoshenko announces a bid for the presidency.

# russia - Saturday 22 February, 2014

Orange Revolution leader freed from prison as president leaves Kiev

Yulia Tymoshenko spearheaded Ukraine’s pro-democracy 2004 Orange Revolution.

# russia - Friday 21 February, 2014

From The Score Winter Olympic Village: Day 13 Sochi 2014

Winter Olympic Village: Day 13

Pull up a stool and join us for some Schnapps.

From The Score South Korean fury at Yuna Kim figure-skating defeat Controversy

South Korean fury at Yuna Kim figure-skating defeat

Websites were flooded with angry comments by ordinary South Koreans who felt that “Queen Yuna” had been robbed of the title.

From The Score Here’s why the Olympic figure skating final wasn’t fixed Explanation

Here’s why the Olympic figure skating final wasn’t fixed

The website of the popular online campaigning forum,, last night crashed as hundreds of thousands logged on to sign a petition calling for a review of the judges’ scores.

# russia - Wednesday 19 February, 2014

Shocking video shows Pussy Riot members being whipped and beaten in Sochi Russia This post contains videos

Shocking video shows Pussy Riot members being whipped and beaten in Sochi

The scuffles came a day after the protest punk band’s members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained by police in the Russian Black Sea resort

From The Score Defeated Russian hockey coach gives amazing interview: ‘Eat me alive right now’ Sochi 2014

Defeated Russian hockey coach gives amazing interview: ‘Eat me alive right now’

“Dear friends, life has not come to an end. But this is a severe and annoying defeat,” the Russian commentator said, meanwhile.

As Kiev barricades burn, the EU mulls sanctions against Ukraine

At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, shocked Ukrainian athletes were stopped from wearing black armbands to mourn the dead.

# russia - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Pussy Riot members say they have been arrested in Sochi

The two band members were released from prison last year.

# russia - Monday 17 February, 2014

Activist says she was detained at Olympics over ‘Gay is OK’ flag

Police have denied that Vladimir Luxuria was detained, but she says she was held but not charged.

From The Daily Edge Heroic cat falls through ceiling of Sochi skating arena, walks away Sochi Fail

# russia - Friday 14 February, 2014

Donal Óg Cusack is campaigning for gay rights in Russia

The hurling legend is handing out lovehearts to promote the plight of LGBT people.

# russia - Thursday 13 February, 2014

Column: The struggle for human rights in Russia won’t end with the Winter Olympics

The abuse of minorities and their defenders in Russia affects gay people but also Roma, immigrant workers and other ethnic communities. Let’s not forget about them, writes Stefania Kulaeva.