Ukraine soldier killed in Crimea as crisis hits military stage

Ukraine warned on Tuesday its conflict with Russia had entered a "military stage" and authorised its troops to open fire in self-defence after suffering the first casuality since pro-Kremlin forces seized Crimea nearly three weeks ago.

US spies not caught off-guard by Crimea crisis: General

Accused of failing to anticipate Russian`s actions in Ukraine, US spy agencies insisted Friday they were not caught off-guard and had warned the White House intervention was "imminent."