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Tymoshenko urges hard Western line against Russia

Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, urged Western powers Sunday to unite on a hard line against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea crisis. "This aggressive striving for power with regard to Ukraine represents not only a danger for the Ukrainian state -- other parts of eastern Europe are also in danger," she told German daily Der Tagesspiegel. "Should Putin continue his attack on our country after the annexation of Crimea, I would call on the leaders of the democratic world to use the strongest measures to stop this aggressor."

Crimea means more to Russia than Falklands do to Britain: Lavrov

LONDON (Reuters) - Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry. The two men were meeting in London ahead of a referendum in Crimea to decide whether the Ukrainian region will become part of Russia, a vote that has sparked tension between Moscow and the West.

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open results - 4th update

Results on Wednesday from the ATP Masters and WTA BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (x denotes seeding): Men 4th rd Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x28) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x13) 6-2, 6-4 Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Andy Murray (GBR x5) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Kevin Anderson (RSA x17) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-1 Roger Federer (SUI x7) bt Tommy Haas (GER x11) 6-4, 6-4 John Isner (USA x12) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x30) 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 Ernests Gulbis (LAT x20) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP) 7-6 (7/0), 4-6, 6-2

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open results - 5th update

Results on Wednesday from the ATP Masters and WTA BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells (x denotes seeding): Men 4th rd Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR x28) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x13) 6-2, 6-4 Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Andy Murray (GBR x5) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Kevin Anderson (RSA x17) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-1 Roger Federer (SUI x7) bt Tommy Haas (GER x11) 6-4, 6-4 John Isner (USA x12) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP x30) 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-3 Ernests Gulbis (LAT x20) bt Roberto Bautista (ESP) 7-6 (7/0), 4-6, 6-2

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open results - 2nd update

Results on Monday from the ATP Masters and WTA BNP Paribas Open (x denotes seeding): Men 3rd rd Fabio Fognini (ITA x13) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x23) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-3 Andy Murray (GBR x5) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x29) 6-0, 6-2 Roger Federer (SUI x7) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x27) 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) Women 3rd rd Li Na (CHN x1) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4

Tennis: BNP Paribas Open results - 2nd update

Results on Monday from the ATP Masters and WTA BNP Paribas Open (x denotes seeding): Men 3rd rd Fabio Fognini (ITA x13) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x23) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-4, 6-3 Andy Murray (GBR x5) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-4 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x29) 6-0, 6-2 Roger Federer (SUI x7) bt Dmitry Tursunov (RUS x27) 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) Women 3rd rd Li Na (CHN x1) bt Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-3, 6-4

Lavrov tells Putin Russia still at odds with West over Ukraine

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told President Vladimir Putin on Monday that Russia's position on Ukraine was at odds with the West, and that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had declined an invitation to visit Russia for further talks. At a meeting with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Lavrov described being handed proposals by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry which "did not completely satisfy us".

Khodorkovsky slams Russia's 'historic mistake' in Ukraine

Former Russian oil tycoon and top Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky criticised Moscow's interference in Ukraine on Monday, as tensions in the former Soviet state continued to rise. "Russia's gross interference into Ukraine's revolutionary process was a historic mistake," Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade behind Russian bars, said in front of a packed crowd at Kiev's Polytechnic Institute. Khodorkovsky spoke a day after he held an emotional speech on Independence Square, site of deadly protests that brought down the pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych.

In Kiev, Khodorkovsky blames Russia for Ukraine deaths

A top foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who spent a decade behind bars told thousands on Kiev's main protest square Sunday that the Kremlin colluded with Ukraine's ousted regime in violence claiming 100 lives. "I was told what the authorities did here. They did this with the agreement of the Russian leadership," former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodrkovsky said in an emotional address from a stage set up on Kiev's iconic Independence Square. "I wanted to cry. It is terrifying. This is not my leadership."

In Kiev, Khodorkovsky blames Russia for Ukraine deaths

A top foe of Russian President Vladimir Putin who spent a decade behind bars told thousands on Kiev's main protest square Sunday that the Kremlin colluded with Ukraine's ousted regime in violence claiming 100 lives. Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky received a rousing reception on Independence Square -- the crucible of three months of protests that ousted a pro-Russian regime from power last month -- as he walked out on stage dressed in a black parka and his hair still styled in a prison crew cut.
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