Linda Kinstler

Russia says it has an obligation to protect Russian speakers everywhere, which could be used as an excuse to make additional landgrabs.

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They were never great to begin with. Now, tensions over Ukraine are making it worse.

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Everything you need to know about the Ukraine crisis today.

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What's going to happen next? Here are four possible scenarios.

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Over the weekend, pro-Russian protesters rioted in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkov. They took over government buildings and arms caches, waving Russian flags and chanting things like "Novorossiya" ("New Russia"). Their aim: to declare independence from Ukraine and, perhaps, become federal provinces (oblasts) of Russia. Early Monday, separatists in Donetsk declared the creation of the "Donetsk People's Republic" and set a referendum date for May 11.

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“We in Ukraine feel cheated, we feel that we were betrayed,” he said.

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Ukraine signed an Association Agreement with the E.U. on Friday, the same agreement that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign in November, triggering the mass protests that led to the current situation. The agreement establishes “an all-embracing framework to conduct bilateral relations” between Ukraine and E.U. member states. E.U.

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They're all banned from entering the U.S.

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