The US leader's 90-minute telephone call with Putin represented the kind of direct confrontation between the men who run the White House and the Kremlin rarely seen since the end of the Cold War.
Obama In 'Direct' Confrontation With Putin On Ukraine
March 1, 2014

Via AFP:

The heart of Kiev braced Sunday for a monster protest after Russian President Vladimir Putin won the green light from parliament to invade Ukraine and was immediately warned by Washington that he was violating international law.

The stark escalation in what threatens to become the worst crisis in relations between Moscow and the West since the Cold War came as Kalashnikov-wielding militia hoisted the Russian flag over Crimean government buildings and seized control of the Black Sea peninsula's airports.

Putin said in a Kremlin statement that he was responsible for the safety of ethnic ...

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