U.S. Cuts Military Aid to Ukraine

    A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a check point at the border between Ukraine and Crimea near the Salkovo village near kherson, on March 18 , 2014. Ukraine stood stunned on March 18, 2014 after Russia claimed Crimea and both sides suffered their first casualties that threatened to see the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War spin out of control. AFP PHOTO/ SERGIY GUMENYUK        (Photo credit should read SERGIY GUMENYUK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a constitutional amendment and treaty formally annexing Crimea. Meanwhile, over the objections of its European allies, the Obama administration this week proposed a 28 percent cut to a Pentagon program that supports the modernization of Ukraine's military, as well as those of other former Soviet republics. The cuts were proposed in a budget plan posted this week. The 28 percent reduction would bring funding for the Warsaw Initiative Fund down to $24.4 million from $34 million. The cuts are a result of the Pentagon "responding to a very challenging fiscal environment, which will become all the more challenging if sequestration remains the law of the land," said a spokeswoman.

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