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  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference after the meeting of foreign ministers from Caspian countries, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Foreign minister vows response if Russians are attacked in Ukraine

    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine - a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

  • **FILE** President Obama plays basketball with former NBA player Bruce Bowen on April 9, 2012, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. (Associated Press)

    Traveling! Obama moves his 'pivot' foot back to Asia amid China's rise

    With the crisis in Ukraine stealing some of his thunder, President Obama opened a four-country tour of the Pacific RimWednesday aimed at reassuring allies that he's still committed to his administration's "pivot" toward Asia to counter China's growing influence.

  • Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky is reportedly being held in the Slaviansk city of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. (Twitter)

    Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky being held by east Ukraine militants: report

    Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky is reportedly being held in the Slaviansk city of Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

  • Vice President Joe Biden reacts to a comment by President Obama about his sunglasses, during a Democratic rally in Philadelphia, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Ukraine claims torture by pro-Russian forces on the heels of Biden's stern warning to Moscow

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden delivered a stern warning to Russia during a Tuesday visit to Kiev in which he promised Ukraine millions of dollars in additional aid. But within hours of his departure, Ukrainian accusations of torture by pro-Russia forces further dimmed prospects for peace.

  • Ukraine orders 'anti-terror' operation to resume

    Ukraine's acting president is ordering security forces to resume operations in the country's east, and the Defense Ministry says a military aircraft was struck by gunfire over one of the tensest cities in the region.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry announces the launch of second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review during a speech at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Kerry accuses Moscow of fomenting Ukraine unrest

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday complained to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about an increase in Moscow-backed separatists' activities in Ukraine as that country's top state security official accused Russian military intelligence officers of fomenting the unrest.

  • Paratroopers are from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. (Twitter, U.S. Army)

    Army paratroopers heading to Poland after Russian annexation of Crimea

    U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula last month.

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses members of the Ukrainian parliament during a meeting Tuesday, April 22, 21014 in Kiev. Biden's visit to Ukraine comes at a crucial time, days after an international agreement was reached aimed at quelling violence in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Supinsky, Pool)

    Joe Biden to Ukrainian lawmakers: Tackle 'cancer of corruption'

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden mostly has had friendly words for the Ukrainians since arriving in Kiev on Monday, but the outspoken former senator also has a blunt message for the country's leaders — clean up corruption in your ranks.

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014.  Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. In the most high-level visit of a U.S. official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden told leaders from various political parties that he brings a message of support from President Barack Obama as they face a historic opportunity to usher in reforms. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, Pool)

    Ukraine orders new military operation in the east

    Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country's east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire.

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. In the most high-level visit of a U.S. official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden told leaders from various political parties that he brings a message of support from President Barack Obama as they face a historic opportunity to usher in reforms. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Joe Biden vows to Ukraine: 'We want to be your partner and friend'

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden said to Ukrainian political officials on Tuesday that the United States has their back when it comes to defending themselves against "humiliating threats" from Russian aggressors.

  • People wave a Russian national flag as they gather at barricades at the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, Ukraine, Monday, April 21, 2014. US Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden's visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    US: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of flagrantly violating the pact and declared their actions would not stand.

  • Illustration on the future of NATO by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    WEINROD: Back to the future for NATO

    The Russian military incursion into Ukraine has focused renewed attention upon the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Sixty-five years after NATO's founding to counter Soviet expansionism and 26 years after the collapse of the Soviet empire, it is back to the future for NATO.

  • ** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Legislative Summit in Washington, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Joe Biden heads to Ukraine as tensions rise

    Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country.

  • A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near an armored personnel carrier at Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Monday April 21, 2014.   U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to Ukraine to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise

    Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. The United States will decide within "days, not weeks" whether Russia is abiding by the accord, a U.S. diplomat said.

  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) arrives at Borispol airport outside Kiev. Mr. Biden launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues. (Associated Press)

    Biden arrives to aid Ukraine; pro-Russians refuse to leave

    A Washington-brokered deal to ease tensions in Ukraine faltered Monday as pro-Russia gunmen refused to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and Russia's foreign minister accused Kiev of allowing anti-Moscow extremists to run rampant.

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