Crimean Tatar activists face `extremism` warning

A leader of the Crimean Tatars, a Muslim minority group on the Moscow-controlled peninsula, said Monday that the new Russian authorities had threatened to prosecute them for "extremism".

UN chief urges respect for sovereignty of Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the Ukrainian crisis could only be resolved through a diplomatic solution that respected the territorial integrity of the splintered ex-Soviet state.

Crimea votes `yes` to reunification with Russia in referendum

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to reunify with Russia, according to preliminary results from the controversial referendum held Sunday in the Crimean Peninsula, which has been part of Ukraine since Russia turned it over to that then-Soviet republic in 1954.

Crimean leader claims control, asks Putin for help

The discord between Russia and Ukraine on Saturday sharpened when the pro-Russian leader of Ukraine`s Crimea region claimed control of the military and police and appealed to Russia`s president for help in keeping peace there.