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Ukraine 2022 Olympic bid on hold but still alive

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, file photo Ukraine's relay team Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Olena Pidhrushna and Valj Semerenko, from left, celebrate with a Ukrainian flag with writings on it after winning the gold during the women's biathlon 4x6k relay, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. With the crisis in Ukraine escalating by the day, the prospect of holding the Winter Olympics in the former Soviet republic seems hard to imagine. Yet, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv hasn’t given up on its bid for the 2022 Games. Lviv remains among the five contenders in what is turning into a very unstable race, vying with Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; and Oslo. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

LONDON (AP) — With the crisis in Ukraine escalating by the day, the prospect of the Winter Olympics going to the former Soviet republic seems hard to imagine. Yet, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv hasn’t given up on its bid for the 2022 Games.

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Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

A combat vehicle with pro-Russian gunman on top runs through downtown Slovyansk on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero’s welcome.

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Politics test Silicon Valley’s Russian ties

Dmitry Akhanov, president of the U.S. subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned venture fund RUSNANO, works in his office on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Menlo Park, Calif.  Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley’s fast growing ties with Russia’s tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley’s fast-growing financial ties with Russia’s tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.

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US faces reluctant partners in sanctioning Russia

In this April 8, 2014, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. As it warns Russia to step back from Ukraine or suffer another financial hit, the U.S. is simultaneously trying to coax along a reluctant Europe, which is trying to balance its desire to punish Moscow against its fear of economic turmoil from the effects of a new, harsher round of Western trade sanctions.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is working to convince a reluctant Europe of the need to punish Russia more severely for its meddling in Ukraine while at the same time warning Moscow to step back or take more financial hits.

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