Main News of March 4


* Russian President Vladimir Putin said:

– The acting authorities in Ukraine are illegitimate, but a military intervention in Russia’s western neighbor would be a last resort

– Russia has not deployed any troops in Crimea recently and has no plans to annex the peninsula

– Russia has no legal obligations before Ukraine because it has undergone a revolution

* Russia test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a test site in southern Russia, a Russian defense ministry spokesman said

* The head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos said that developing technologies for robotic exploration of the moon and Mars is a priority

* Russian prison officials said they have fitted opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an electronic bracelet to monitor his activities for the next two months while he is under house arrest


* Ukraine is waiting for a “clear response” from Russia on a $2 billion loan needed to cover its debt for Russian gas supplies, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said

* China appeared to distance itself from Russia by calling for a peaceful resolution to the current situation in Ukraine during a session at the United Nations

* The newly appointed leader of Crimea in southern Ukraine said that the region is to form its own defense ministry

* A virus frozen for 30,000 years in Siberian permafrost has been revived by a team of French and Russian scientists, they said

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