Russia Attends Meeting in Crimea but Pulls Troops
There is good news and bad news for Ukraine. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Crimea for a cabinet meeting infuriated Kiev. Ukrainian officials responded by firing off a protest letter to Moscow, calling the trip a “crude violation” of international norms. But Russian President Vladimir Putin also ordered a “partial withdrawal” of some of the 40,000 troops massed at Ukraine’s border. NATO ministers meet today to discuss how to step up pressure on Russia, bolster the Ukrainian military and reassure European nations worried about Russian aggression.