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Obama tells Russia to pull troops away from Ukraine

US President Barack Obama told Russia on Friday to pull troops back from Ukraine and stop escalating a crisis that has already redrawn the map of Europe and reopened the Cold War's East-West split. Obama's blunt message added further urgency to a standoff that has forced NATO to reinforce positions along Russia's frontier in a bid to calm anxious ex-Soviet satellite nations about the Kremlin's new expansionist mood.

Obama tells Russia to pull troops away from Ukraine

US President Barack Obama told Russia on Friday to pull its troops back from Ukraine and stop escalating a crisis that has already redrawn the map of Europe amid the worst East-West standoff since the Cold War. Obama's blunt message added further urgency to a standoff that has seen NATO reinforce positions along Russia's frontier in response to anxiety among the ex-Soviet satellite nations about the Kremlin's new expansionist mood.

IMF bails out Ukraine as UN rejects Russia's Crimea annexation

The IMF has announced a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine at the UN General Assembly, refusing to recognise Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula. The vital economic breakthrough on Thursday was reached just as Ukraine's presidential campaign heated up, with the announcement by opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko that she would contest the race to replace the ousted pro-Russian regime that sent her to jail.

History becomes political weapon in Ukraine-Russia crisis

Russia and Ukraine are ruthlessly using history as a weapon in the battle to paint their opponents as dangerous aggressors, ripping open old wounds from World War II that may not easily heal. Since the start of the crisis politicians and media in the two ex-Soviet states have raised the ghosts of over half a century ago, accusing their opponents of "fascist" tendencies and painting them as the 21st century successors of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Tymoshenko ignites Ukraine election campaign

Ukraine's race to succeed ousted Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych heated up Friday after his arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko joined a crowded field of contenders ready to tighten Kiev's embrace of the West. The charismatic but hugely divisive Tymoshenko's decision to contest the May 25 poll encapsulates the spectacular scale of change that has swept over the culturally splintered nation since it was first hit by waves of deadly pro-Europe protests four months ago.

Yanukovych wants referendum on future of every Ukraine region

Deposed Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych on Friday called for referendums to be held across the country to determine the future status of every Ukrainian region, instead of presidential elections planned for May 25. "As president who is with you in thought and soul, I ask every single sensible citizen of Ukraine not to let yourselves be used by the imposters! Demand a referendum on determining the status of every region in Ukraine," Yanukovych said in a statement quoted by Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency.

IMF bails out Ukraine as UN rejects Russia's Crimea annexation

The IMF announced a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine on Thursday as the UN General Assembly refused to recognise Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula. The vital economic breakthrough was reached just as Ukraine's presidential campaign heated up, with the announcement by opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko that she would contest the race to replace the ousted pro-Russian regime that sent her to jail.

IMF offers Ukraine up to $18 billion in loans; UN condemns Crimean vote

KIEV, Ukraine - The world rushed Thursday to help Ukraine, with the International Monetary Fund pledging up to $18 billion in loans, the U.N. condemning the vote that drove Crimea into Russian hands and the U.S. Congress backing even harsher sanctions against Russia. Yet even with such intensive help to prop up the teetering economy, Ukraine's prime minister warned of painful times ahead from economic reforms that were sure to drive up energy prices.

IMF bails out Ukraine as Tymoshenko runs for president

The IMF announced on Thursday a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine that requires the crisis-hit country to pursue painful and unpopular reforms to avert bankruptcy amid its escalating standoff with Russia. The vital economic breakthrough was reached just as Ukraine's presidential campaign heated up with the announcement by opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko that she will contest the race to see who will replace the ousted pro-Russian regime that sent her to jail.

Freed from Ukraine jail, Tymoshenko runs for president

Ukraine's divisive opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko completed an improbable return to politics Thursday by announcing plans to contest snap polls to replace the ousted pro-Russian president whose regime sent her to jail. "I intend to run for president of Ukraine," the 53-year-old told reporters after gingerly walking into a press room with the help of a walking stick she uses due to chronic back pain.
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