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In yesterday's referendum, more than 95% of Crimean voters elected leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. We look at the options available to Ukraine, the US, Western Europe — and, most importantly, Vladimir Putin. Also, gay and lesbian groups have been excluded from St Patrick's Day parades in New York and Boston, so the mayors of both cities refused to march. The Guinness and Sam Adams breweries withdrew their sponsorships.

Banner image: A man waves the Russian flag as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

The US Targets Russian Officials with Sanctions 7 MIN, 41 SEC

Reacting this morning to yesterday's vote in Crimea, President Obama announced an new executive order expanding the scope of US sanctions against Russia. Freezing assets is just one part of US reaction. Karen DeYoung is Senior Diplomatic Correspondent for the Washington Post.

Karen DeYoung, Washington Post (@karendeyoung1)

After Crimea, What's Putin's Next Move? 35 MIN, 24 SEC

The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against individual Russian and Ukrainian leaders after yesterday's referendum in Crimea. As if to demonstrate calm and confidence, Vladimir Putin stayed in Sochi for last night's closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games, where Russian athletes won 80 medals with Ukrainians next with just 25. Elsewhere in Crimea, there was widespread jubilation over yesterday's vote on leaving Ukraine to re-join Russia. But the world is waiting for his next move. Annexing Crimea would be no easy task. Has he gone too far to turn back? Will the West up the ante at great cost to Europe's economy? We look at the options available to both sides and the potential consequences.

Simon Shuster, Time magazine (@shustry)
P.J. Crowley, George Washington University (@PJCrowley)
Andranik Migranyan, Institute for Democracy and Cooperation
Kelly O'Neill, Harvard University (@Harvard_History)

Time on new US sanctions on Putin aides, Crimea officials after secession vote

Guinness Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Day Parade over Gay Exclusion 6 MIN, 22 SEC

St. Patrick's Day Parades are time-honored traditions in New York and Boston, but Mayors Bill DeBlasio and Martin Walsh, respectively, have gone where politicians of the past might have feared to tread. Both refused to march because gays and lesbians aren't allowed. Boston's parade was yesterday; New York's was today. Both were without traditional features, not just the mayors but key sponsors: Guinness, the quintessential Irish brewer, and Massachusetts' own Sam Adams. Scott Malone is editor in charge of the Northeastern States for Reuters.

Scott Malone, Reuters News Service (@MaloneReuters)

MassEquality responds to Walsh's Decision to sit out parade

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