RT anchor tells CNN why she resigned live on air
Liz Wahl is the second Russia Today personality to make waves for speaking out against Russia on the air. She spoke to CNN's Anderson Cooper Wednesday night about her decision.
More on Ukrainian interim PM's demand to Russia:
Here is more from Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. In this clip, he calls on Russia to pull back from the Ukrainian region on Crimea:
The European Union decided Thursday to take a small step against Russia because of the Ukrainian crisis and said that if it's not de-escalated soon, the EU-Russian relationship will suffer "serious consequences."
As a first, immediate step, the EU will suspend bilateral talks on visa matters. But if negotiations on Ukraine don't produce results soon, "the European Union will decide on additional measures,"
Council President Herman Van Rompuy told reporters in Brussels after a meeting of EU heads of state.
Those measures would include travel bans asset freezes, Van Rompuy said. He did not say who would be targeted.
Tthe EU also would cancel a future EU-Russia summit, he said.
If Russia destabilizes Ukraine further, he said, that would "lead to severe and far-reaching consequences for relations between (the) European Union ... and the Russian Federation," including economically.
U.S. President Barack Obama will make a previously unscheduled statement on the Ukraine crisis at 1:05 p.m. ET, the White House said.
President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "confident" that the international community was "moving forward together" in responding to what he called the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said that if Russia continues "this violation of international law" in Ukraine, "the resolve of the United States and our allies and the international community will remain firm."
He also said that a proposed referendum in Ukraine's Crimea region -- one that, as proposed by proposed by pro-Russian Crimean lawmakers, would ask residents whether Crimea should be part of Ukraine or Russia -- would "violate the Ukrainian constitution and violate international law."
Any discussion about a referendum must include Ukraine's legitimate government, Obama said. Washington considers Ukraine's legitimate government to be the one installed by Parliament after last month's ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych following months of protests.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters moments ago that he spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Rome today, and the two have agreed to continue talking "over the course of the next hours, the next days'' to try to find a political solution to end the crisis in Ukraine.
"As you have heard me say all week, the choices that Russia has made escalated this situation, and we believe Russia has the opportunity now ... to de-escalate," he said.
Kerry: Russia can make the right choices
Video from his statement in Rome earlier today:
In comments following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed various aspects of their talks. Here's some of what he said:
"We have not yet reached a final, mutual understanding. We want to get a deeper understanding of what our partners mean by offering to create an international mechanism and what will be its composition. It's important for us, I'll stress once again, to respect the agreement of February 21, primarily about the constitutional reform, the creation of a national unity government, and elections following the constitutional reform."
"I drew attention of U.S. Secretary of State as I did yesterday in Paris to a continuously aggravating atmosphere, to the announced closed lists of the Russian citizens who will be denied entry into the United States."
"Once again, as I told John Kerry, who seems to understand this, such actions do not promote normal cooperation. It is impossible to act honestly under the threat of ultimatums and sanctions."
Protesters fear for future of Ukraine
Here's video of Ukrainian protesters talking about their fears for the future of Ukraine under military aggression and propaganda.
Russia's U.N. envoy on Ukraine's government
After the U.N. Security Council briefing late today, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations spoke to reporters, saying that Russia does not recognize the new government in Ukraine.
Odessa protesters seek alliance with Russia
Pro-Russian gangs in Odessa, Ukraine demand unity with Russia. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
Presidents Obama and Putin talk about Ukraine
The White House released a readout of the hour-long call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here's some of what it said.
"President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners.
"President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which addresses the interests of Russia, the people of Ukraine, and the international community.
"As a part of that resolution, the governments of Ukraine and Russia would hold direct talks, facilitated by the international community; international monitors could ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians; Russian forces would return to their bases; and the international community would work together to support the Ukrainian people as they prepare for elections in May."
Vitali Klitschko talks about Ukraine's potential
As a championship boxer, Vitali Klitschko is used to a tough fight. Now, as a Ukrainian opposition leader he is in the middle of a whole new battle. He is one of the leading voices for his country.
Klitschko tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he wants people in the United States to know he appreciates the support his country is receiving from the West.
"We have huge potential ... And that’s why we have to unite to make changes in our country. It’s possible," he said.
Here's video of the interview.
On 'normal' life in Crimea
CNN's Ben Wedeman spent the last week or so in Crimea. In most places there, life is normal, he says. He watched cars being stopped for speeding.
"Life on the streets … does seem to be normal, but there’s this underlying tension about what comes next. And certainly, the idea that there’s going to be a referendum on the 16th of March to determine the fate of the Crimea really makes people even more nervous," Wedeman
CNN's Senior Photojournalist Christian Streib shares the below image of European observers heading to Crimea today.
The 35-strong team from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a regional security bloc, was turned back by armed men at checkpoints Thursday. But they told CNN's Matthew Chance, who is traveling with them from Kherson in southern Ukraine toward the Crimean peninsula, that they intend to be more assertive Friday as they seek to get in and assess the
Ukrainian official: Base's gates smashes, journalists attacked
The Ukrainian base in Crimea whose gates were reportedly smashed today was not taken over, the base's deputy commander Vitaly Onishenko told CNN's Clare Sebastian.
Here's what Onishenko says happened: Between 35 and 60 men -- who the deputy commander identified as Russian troops, though their uniforms didn't have insignias -- arrived around lunchtime and demanded that Ukrainian forces put down their weapons and cede control of the base.
The Ukrainian troops inside refused.
The two sides talked, and at some point what Onishenko called Russian troops drove vehicles into the base's gates to breach them. The deputy base commander said they failed, damaging the gates and briefly getting through before being blocked by Ukrainian forces forming a human shield.
Talks resumed again and -- while they did -- members of the self-described "self-defense" forces came and began attacking journalists, according to Onishenko. At least one person ended up being taken to a hospital before the self-defense forces withdrew, the deputy base commander said. Contrary to previous reporting, Onishenko said Cossacks weren't involved.
Eventually, the men who Onishenko calls Russian troops likewise pulled back and situation settled down.
Dozens of armed local militia men led by a retired general entered a Ukrainian military recruitment office in Simferopol in Crimea Saturday and put armed men on each floor, said Ukrainian defense spokesman Vladislav Seleznev in a post to Facebook.