Ukrainian servicemen hold Ukrainian flags as they load their things into a truck leaving the Belbek airbase near Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 28, 2014. Ukraine started withdrawing its troops and weapons from Crimea, now controlled by Russia. Russia’s president says Ukraine could regain some arms and equipment of military units in Crimea that did not switch their loyalty to Russia. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis, while Ukraine’s fugitive leader urged a nationwide referendum that would serve Moscow’s purpose of turning its neighbor into a loosely knit federation.
The statement from Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president who fled to Russia last month after three months of protests, raised the threat of more unrest in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern provinces, where many resent the new Ukrainian Login to read more