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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Is It Too Late For Ukraine To Take Back Crimea?

A Russian naval landing vessel enters one of the bays of Sevastopol, Crimea, on Sunday.
Andrew Lubimov AP

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 2:27 pm

This post was updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Russian forces appear to be digging in after seizing key assets in the Ukrainian republic of Crimea, and despite tough talk from Kiev's new leaders, the former Soviet satellite's under-manned and under-equipped military is no match for Moscow's battle-tested troops, experts say.

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The Two-Way
7:08 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Kerry Will Travel To Kiev Amid Escalating Crisis

Ukrainian military personnel stand guard in the Crimean port city of Feodosia on Sunday. Ukraine is mobilizing for war, calling up reserve troops.
Thomas Peter Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 7:12 pm

This post was updated at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has described Moscow's military intervention in the Crimea an "incredible act of aggression," will travel to Ukraine's capital on Tuesday to meet with the country's embattled government.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement late Sunday that Kerry "will meet with senior representatives of Ukraine's new government, leaders of the Rada [Ukraine's parliament], and members of the civil society."

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Movie Interviews
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

'These Birds Walk': The Story Of Pakistan's Runaway Children

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

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History
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Carnaval In Recife: Long History, Interesting Future

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jacki Lyden. It's Carnaval in Brazil - that time of the year when people take to the streets and celebrate before the austerity of Lent begins. And while you may think the Rio de Janeiro when you think of Carnaval, we're going to take you north to Recife. It's considered one of the most diverse carnivals in Brazil. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Recife.

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World
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

An Ambassador's Take On Ukraine's Tenuous Situation

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

Michael McFaul just returned from a dramatic two years as U.S. ambassador to Russia. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks him about the situation in Ukraine and Russia's response.

Europe
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

'Frozen' Success Gives Norway A Potential Tourism Boost

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

Tonight are the Oscars, of course, which will be hosted by the musician and actor Common. One film that's up for a couple of different Oscars is Disney's box-office animated hit "Frozen," which has nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. It's not only the folks at Disney who are hoping for a win tonight, there's also a country full of people who will be taking note.

Reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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World
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Crimean Peninsula Remains Tense But Largely Quiet

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

For many in Crimea's capital, Simferopol, it's reassuring to hear that Russian forces now control the region's most strategic assets.

World
6:20 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Russian Troops Move Toward Ukraine's Crimea Region

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:30 am

President Vladimir Putin has been granted the right to use military force in Crimea by that region's leader. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with New York Times' Steven Lee Myers in Moscow.

Europe
4:12 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

U.N. Attempting To Find Diplomatic Solutions In Ukraine

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 6:08 pm

The standoff in Crimea is increasing in intensity and has become a focal point of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Michele Kelemen about the diplomatic efforts to resolve the standoff in the region.

Europe
4:12 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Ukraine's Temporary Government Strained By Ongoing Tensions

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 6:08 pm

The brand new government in Ukraine is struggling to respond to the crisis in Crimea. Host Arun Rath talks to NPR's Emily Harris in Kiev about the continuing tensions in the region.

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