Ukraine's military operation to wrest control in the east from pro-Russian separatists got off to a chaotic start, as civilians halted army columns, militants hijacked armored vehicles and a clash at at Ukrainian base resulted in gunfire.
Pro-Russian separatists stymied Ukraine's effort to wrest control in the east. Activists tried to storm a Ukrainian military base in the south. A1The White House said it is preparing tougher sanctions it could impose on Russia if talks today yield no signs Moscow plans to reduce tensions. A1 NATO said it would increase flights over Baltic nations and send ships to the Baltic and Mediterranean seas following Russian moves in Ukraine. A11
Ukraine used military force for the first time as it sought to regain control of the east from pro-Russian separatists.A1Germany's RWE began shipping gas to Ukraine as tensions with Moscow threaten the nation's energy supply. A8
The Obama administration blasted China for its recent currency moves, saying the decline in the yuan was "unprecedented" and calling on Beijing to disclose its intervention in currency markets more regularly.
Ukraine's military fired its first shots in the fight to regain control of the restive east from pro-Russian separatists, as soldiers repelled an armed mob from an air base. The U.S. praised the government's "measured response."
Despite challenges, a big surge in profits and revenue has put the Chinese e-commerce giant on track for a $15 billion stock sale, just shy of what Facebook sold when the social-networking firm went public in 2012.
A flurry of recent housing data suggests that the market's spring selling season is getting off to a slow start, a worrisome sign after a winter of expectations that warmer weather would rekindle growth.