Images of pro-Russia demonstrators during the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula. Text and photos by Reuters
Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade the country. Ukraine’s security council has reportedly ordered the general staff to put its military on highest alert.
Russian President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament’s authority on Saturday to invade Ukraine after troops seized control of the Crimea peninsula and pro-Moscow demonstrators hoisted flags above government buildings in two eastern cities.
Canada defeats US men’s hockey team to face Sweden in the gold medal game with a lone goal from Jamie Benn, the scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favored an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, US Speedskating and Under Armour announced an eight-year contract renewal through the 2022 Olympics on Friday morning and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 14: Injury ends games for Bode Miller; US men’s hockey beats Czech Republic, will face Canada
Russia was eliminated in men’s hockey after Finland defeats them 3-1 in the quarterfinals, Ted Ligety of US won Olympic gold in men’s giant slalom, US skier Bode Miller says he will not race in this week’s slalom after tweaking his already-injured knee, but will race the rest of the World Cup season, and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 13: Mikaela Shiffrin falls short in giant slalom, US lead after 1st day of women’s bobsled
Americans Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams hold lead after 1st day of women’s bobsled, Lolo Jones officially becomes 10th American to compete in different sports at the Summer and Winter Olympics as she competes in heat 1 of women’s bobsled runs, Anze Kopitar, Slovenia advance to Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinals, two members of Pussy Riot were detained and released and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 9: Speedskating federation seeks to switch Under Armour suits, US tied with Norway for top medal count
Meredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas tonight, Dario Cologna of Switzerland won the men’s 15K classical race for his second gold medal of the Sochi Games, Sandro Viletta of Switzerland win’s Olympic gold medal in men’s super-combined alpine skiing, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Team USA House in Sochi and more.
Sochi Olympics Day 8: Evgeni Plushenko retires after withdrawing from Olympics, US crushes Slovakia in men’s hockey
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said a track worker was hit by bobsled in Sochi and suffered a broken leg and ‘maybe a concussion,’ the U.S. has swept the podium in men’s slopestyle skiing, China’s Zhang Hong gets country its first ever gold in speed skating with a win in women’s 1.000-meter event and Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko has retired after withdrawing from Olympics.
They pushed, shoved and jawed at each other after whistles as arch-rivals will do and when the dust settled, the Canadians had skated to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Americans in women’s hockey. In other sports, Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin tied for gold medal in women’s downhill, a first in Olympics history. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany won gold in men’s doubles luge.
Lyudmila Frolova, 74, was relocated three years ago from her old home near the sea to her current home further inland in order to make way for the construction of the Olympic site. She says she is happy with her new home, an upgrade from her previous one, but regrets that because of the difficulty she faces in walking, and the greater distance, she can no longer walk to the sea.
Reuters photographer Eric Gaillard visited Frolova’s home and Archpriest Georgy Efimo, who also lost his church to make way for the construction of the Olympic site.