Residents in Crimea voted as expected, overwhelmingly opting to join Russia and break away from Ukraine in Sunday’s referendum, Reuters reports.
Friday’s photo brief includes a migration of Ukraine protests to London, a smog warning in Paris and a speech by David Cameron protesting Scots’ desire for independence.
Demonstrations in Turkey, the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, a safe return from space | March 11
The death of Turkish boy Berkin Elvan renews protests, ladies arm wrestle in Chicago for charity, an American and two Russians return from space, and more in today’s daily brief.
Protesters reportedly clash in Crimea as tensions rise in Ukraine, the U.S. women’s 4×400 relay team take the gold at the indoor track and field world championships, cats strut their stuff in Romania and more in today’s photo brief.
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.