Amid Western Efforts to Defuse Crimea Crisis, Russia Refuses to Talk to Ukraine

Ukraine's interim prime minister Asenyi Yatsenyuk fears Russia is planning to expand its operation and invade eastern Ukraine as well; EU freezes assets of top former Ukrainian officials.

SIMFEROPOL –  After it seemed mid-week that the Russians were pulling back part of their forces from the borders of Ukraine and the crisis in the Crimean peninsula had passed its peak, the war of words between Russia and the west intensified Wednesday as the tension in Crimea rose again. The foreign...