Crisis in Ukraine: How It Gathered, Where It's Headed

By Brent Murray and Andrew Langley/QuickTake - 2014-03-06T00:10:04Z

Photograph by Vasiliy Batanov/AFP via Getty Images

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Russia Arrives

Feb. 28, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of an invasion and appeals to the West to guarantee its territorial integrity after pro-Moscow gunmen take control of the main airport on the Crimean peninsula, home to Russia’s largest naval base outside its borders. Putin will argue he has a duty to defend ethnic Russians in Ukraine. The U.S. warns of possible sanctions against Russia as world leaders urged Putin to step back, rattling global markets. At left, soldiers block a road to a Ukrainian military airport.