Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 17:06
Ukraine severs key ties with Russia over Crimea
Ukraine announced plans yesterday, to drop out of a key post-Soviet alliance and slap entry visas on Russians, while also preparing for a possible Crimean withdrawal, following the Kremlin's absorption of the peninsula.
Kiev's first firm response to Russia's claim to the strategic Black Sea peninsula came, as a deadline expired on an ultimatum set by the acting president for Crimea's separatist leaders to release the captured head of the Ukrainian navy.
The spiralling crisis prompted the White House to warn Russia it was "creating a dangerous situation" and the NATO commander to call the Kremlin's seizure of Crimea "the gravest threat to European security and stability since the end of the Cold War".