10:00 PM Mar 7, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers were back in control of their anti-aircaft base at the city of Yevpatoria in Crimea on on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Ukraine crisis has forced Western leaders to reassess what they thought they knew about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has shown that he is willing to make far riskier moves to achieve his security goals and that his hostility to the U.S. and its allies runs much deeper than many wanted to believe.
10:00 PM Mar 5, 2014
Ukrainian army officers and soldiers sit looking demoralized across the soccer field near their airport captured by Russian troops, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
WASHINGTON (MCT) – The Obama administration's plans to impose punitive economic sanctions on Russia -- potentially its strongest response to Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine -- already are facing resistance from administration allies in Congress and Europe.