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Main News of March 19
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
Ukraine to Deploy More Troops on Border With Russia
The head of Ukraine’s security advisory body said on Wednesday the country will deploy more troops along the border with Russia and introduce visas for Russians in a bid to “enhance border security.”
Nearly Half of Chemical Stockpile Taken Out of Syria – OPCW
More than 45 percent of Syrian chemical weapons stockpile has been removed from the country, the global chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday.
Russia to Build Bridge to Crimea
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russian government on Wednesday to start preparations for the construction of a bridge linking the southern Russian Krasnodar Territory directly with Crimea.
Russian Navy to Deploy Conventional Deterrence Force
The naval component of Russia’s future strategic non-nuclear deterrence force will consist of warships and submarines armed with high-precision weapons, navy commander Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Wednesday.
Putin Submits Crimea Reunification Treaty to Parliament
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday submitted the Crimea reunification treaty to the parliament for ratification, the legislature’s press service said.
UN Chief to Visit Moscow and Kiev to Discuss Ukraine Crisis
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Moscow and Kiev later this week in an effort to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine through peaceful dialogue, the UN press service said Wednesday.
Ukrainian Forces Leave Navy Headquarters in Orderly Droves
Representatives of the self-defense forces of Crimea have occupied Ukraine’s navy headquarters in the Crimean city Sevastopol, organizing the orderly departure of the Ukrainian military forces inside.
More than 80% of Russians Feel Patriotic
Over 80 percent of Russians identify themselves as patriots, according to survey results published Monday by a state-backed pollster.
Russian Constitutional Court Backs Crimea Reunification
Russia’s Constitutional Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that a treaty reunifying the Ukrainian breakaway region of Crimea with Russia is lawful.
Russian, US Officials Silent on Chechen Warlord's Death
Russian and US officials on Wednesday declined to confirm the death of a prominent Chechen warlord who had threatened to attack last month's Sochi Olympics.
National Geographic to Update World Map With Russian Crimea
Experts at the Washington-based National Geographic Society have announced plans to redraw the world map to show Crimea as part of Russia after the Ukrainian breakaway region’s reunification with Moscow is finalized.
Ukraine Sends Protest Note to Russia Over Crimea Crisis
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian envoy Andrei Vorobyov to hand him a letter of protest against Crimea’s reunification treaty with Moscow.
Crimean Tatars Will Have to Vacate Land – Official
Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea will ask Tatars to vacate part of the land where they now live in exchange for new territory elsewhere in the region, a top Crimean government official said Tuesday.
UK Suspends Military Cooperation With Russia
The United Kingdom has put on hold its military cooperation with Russia, Foreign Secretary Willaim Hague said on Tuesday, calling the reunification of Crimea “a land grab.”
Gazprom Seeks Access to Crimean Oil and Gas Deposits
Russian energy giant Gazprom is seeking access to oil and gas deposits in the territorial waters of Crimea, which became Russian territory on Tuesday.
Main News of March 18
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
Russia Supports Idea of OSCE Observer Mission in Ukraine
Russia supports the idea of sending a European observer mission to Ukraine, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on Tuesday.
Kiev Refuses to Recognize Crimea’s Reunification With Russia
Ukraine refuses to recognize Crimea's secession and subsequent reunification with Russia, a senior Ukrainian diplomat said on Tuesday.
Pro-Russian Forces Attacked in Crimea, One Dead – Report
One pro-Russian militiaman was killed and two other wounded on Tuesday in a sniper attack on the streets of the Crimean capital, Simferopol, local media reported.
Belarus to Earn $455 Mio on 30% Currency Trade Fee: Deputy Finance Minister
Tunisian Military Thwart Attempted Polling Station Attack
Boko Haram Video Shows Militants Killing Dozens of Captive Men in a School
Turkey Building Refugee Camp for Syrians
Russian Humanitarian Convoy Trucks From Luhansk Arrive at Russian Border
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
Russia to Prepare Response to Recent US, Canada Sanctions: Foreign Ministry
Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official
Russian Citizen Faces Death Penalty in Pakistan Without Evidence of Crime
A Look Back at the Best Instagram Pictures of 2014
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy