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Legitimacy of Ukraine's
government challenged

Kremlin fails to
heed U.S. demands
to withdraw toops
from Crimea
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Rus-
sia said Monday it is drafting
counterproposals to a U.S. plan
for a negotiated solution to the
Ukraine crisis, denouncing the
new Western-backed govern-
ment as an unacceptable "fait
accompli" and claiming that
Russian-leaning parts of the
country have been plunged into
lawlessness.
The Kremlin moves came as
Russian forces strengthened
their control over Crimea, less
than a week before the strategic
region is to hold a contentious
referendum on whether to split
off and become part of Russia.
In a televised briefing with
President Vladimir Putin, Rus-
sian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov said proposals made by
U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry are "not suitable" because
they take "the situation cre-
ated by the coup as a starting
point," referring to the ouster
of Ukraine's pro-Kremlin presi-
dent, Viktor Yanukovych.
Referring to a document he
received from Kerry explaining
the U.S. view of the situation
in Ukraine, Lavrov said: "To be
frank, it raises many questions
on our side."
"Everything was stated in
terms of allegedly having a
conflict between Russia and
Ukraine, and in terms of accept-
ing the fait accompli," he said.
Lavrov said Kerry delayed a
visit to Moscow to discuss the
situation, and Russia had decid-
ed to prepare new proposals of
its own, though he did not say
what they were.
"We suggested that he come
today ... and we were prepared
to receive him. He gave his
preliminary consent. He then
called me on Saturday and said
he would like topostpone it for a
while," the minister said.
But in Washington, State
Department officials said that
it was Russia's refusal to dis-

cuss the American proposals
that was hurting prospects for
a negotiated solution - in par-
ticular, the idea of direct talks
between Russian officials and
those of the new Ukrainian gov-
ernment.
"We are still awaiting a Rus-
sian response to the concrete
questions that Secretary Kerry
sent Foreign Minister Lavrov on
Saturday in this regard," State
Department spokeswoman Jen
Psaki said in a statement.
"Secretary Kerry made clear
to Foreign Minister Lavrov that
he would welcome further dis-
cussions focused on how to de-
escalate the crisis in Ukraine if
and when we see concrete evi-
dence that Russia is prepared to
engage on these proposals," she
said.
The statement said Kerry, in
weekend discussions with Lav-
rov, reiterated Washington's
demand that Moscow pull back
its troops from Ukraine and end
attempts to annex the Crimean
peninsula. Kerry also called on
Russia to cease what the state-
ment described as "provocative
steps" to allow diplomatic talks
to continue.
Meanwhile, Ukraine's for-
eign minister said Monday that
his country was practically
in a state of war with Russia,
whose forces have effectively
taken control over the Crimean
Peninsula in what has become
Europe's greatest geopolitical
crisis since the end of the Cold
War.
"We have to admit that our
life now is almost like ... a war,"
Foreign Minister Andrii Desh-
chytsya said before meeting his
counterparts from Belgium,
the Netherlands and Luxem-
bourg. "We have to cope with
an aggression that we do not
understand."
Deshchytsya said Ukraine is
counting on help from the West.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatse-
nyuk is to meet with President
Barack Obama in Washington
on Wednesday.
On Monday, the Russian For-
eign Ministry denounced the
lawlessness it said "now rules in
eastern regions of Ukraine as a
result of the actions of fighters

of the so-called 'Right Sector,'
with the full connivance" of
Ukraine's new authorities.
Right Sector is a grouping of
far-right and nationalist factions
whose activists were among the
most radical and confrontation-
al of the three-monthlong dem-
onstrations in the Ukrainian
capital, Kiev, which eventually
ousted Yanukovych,
The Kremlin statement also
claimed Russian citizens try-
ing to enter Ukraine have been
turned back at the border by
Ukrainian officials.
Pro-Russia sentiment is high
in Ukraine's east and there are
fears Russia could seek to incor-
porate that area as well.
Obama has warned that the
March 16 referendum in Crimea
would violate international law,
and Putin countered that in
phone calls with German Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel and British
Minister David Cameron.
"The steps taken by the legiti-
mate leadership of Crimea are
based on the norms of interna-
tional law and aim to ensure the
legal interests of the population
of the peninsula," Putin said,
according to the Kremlin.
Meanwhile, Obama spoke by
telephone with Chinese Presi-
dent Xi Jinping late Sunday,
trying to court China's sup-
port for efforts to isolate Russia
over its military intervention in
Ukraine.
Obama appealed to Beijing's
vehement opposition to outside
intervention in other nations'
domestic affairs, according to a
White House statement.
Obama "noted his over-
riding objective of restoring
Ukraine's sovereignty and ter-
ritorial integrity and ensuring
the Ukrainian people are able
to determine their own future
without foreign interference,"
the statement said, adding that
the two leaders "agreed on the
importance of upholding prin-
ciples of sovereignty and territo-
rial integrity."
China has been studiously
neutral since the Ukraine crisis
began and it remained unclear
whether China would side with
the U.S. and Europe or with
Moscow.

Marchers gather in front of the Florida Supreme Court Monday in Tallahassee, Fla.
Sharpton leads protestors
against 'stand your gound

U.S. Rep. says bill
has devolved into
protecting violence
instead of safety
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)
- The Rev. Al Sharpton led
hundreds of people on a march
Monday to the state Capitol,
where they rallied against Flori-
da's "stand your ground" law.
Among those present were the
parents of slain black teenager
Trayvon Martin and the family
of Marissa Alexander, who was
sentenced to 20 years for firing
a gun near her estranged hus-
band.
The crowd rallied on the Cap-
itol steps across from Florida's
Supreme Court.
"To have laws that tell people
that they-can shoot first and then
ask questions later is a violation
of our civil rights. I believe that
law is inherently wrong," Sharp-
ton said before the march began.
"The law in effect says based on
your imagination - if you imag-
ine I'm a threat - you have the
right to kill me."
Sharpton called Florida
"ground zero" for the fight
against 'stand your ground.'
Protesters waved signs saying
"STANDING OUR GROUND"
and wore T-shirts reading, "We

are not a threat." Images of
Martin were pictured on signs,
shirts and drawings. Sharpton's
National Action Network joined
other groups in backing the
rally.
Florida law says people who
are not involved in illegal activ-
ity have the right to stand their
ground and meet force with
force, including deadly force, if
they reasonably believe it's nec-
essary to avoid death or great
bodily harm.
Those present said reforms
are needed.
"Everybody trying to stand in
solidarity and show that these
laws that don't apply tous, we're
here to change them," said Tracy
Martin, Trayvon's father, speak-
ing with The Associated Press.
Martin's son was fatally shot
by neighborhood watch volun-
teer George Zimmerman, who
later was acquitted of second-
degree murder.
"What the law is actually say-
ing is this country doesn't value
the life of black and brown kids.
We want our kids to under-
stand their lives are equal value
of anybody else life," the elder
Martin said.
Florida's Republican-domi-
nated Legislature has declined
calls for substantial changes
to the stand your ground law
enacted in 2005. Democrats
have filed bills to repeal the law

or amend it in recent years.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine
Brown, of Jacksonville, spoke at
the rally, exhorting change.
"I've never seen a perfect bill
and changes need to happen
with this bill," Brown told AP
afterward. "When they started,
it had good intentions. Pro-
tect your castle. But they have
extended it to, you don't like the
color of my dress and you feel
threatened after you start a fight
- there's something wrong with
that."
Last summer, members of a
group calling itself the Dream
Defenders held a monthlong
sit-in at the state Capitol urg-
ing lawmakers to call a special
session to overhaul the law. But
Gov. Rick Scott and legislative
leaders declined.
"This is the governor's oppor-
tunity to really show that he's a
leader for all Floridians, not just
the few," state Rep. Alan Wil-
liams, D-Tallahassee, said. "This
was the first state that imple-
mented 'stand your ground,' this
should be the first state to repeal
'stand your ground.'
Others at Monday's rally
included the family of Oscar
Grant, a 22-year-old fatally shot
by a police officer while hand-
cuffed in a train station, and the
family of Michael Giles, a U.S.
Airman sentenced to 25 years in
a self-defense case.

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Via video chat,
former bomber
provides account of
terror training
NEW YORK (AP) - Jurors
at the terrorism trial of Osama
bin Laden's son-in-law watched
him threaten there would be no
end to the "storm of airplanes"
on videotapes made in the days
after the Sept. 11 attacks Mon-
day justbefore a British man tes-
tified by video from London that
he trained to blow up a plane in
late 2001 with a shoe bomb.
Prosecutors showed the New
York jury video clips of Sulai-
man Abu Ghaith, threatening
Americans in the weeks after
the terror attacks toset the stage
for testimony from Saajid Badat,
a 34-year-old United Kingdom
resident who refuses to testify
in the United States because he
faces terrorism charges in Bos-
ton that could send him to pris-
on for life.
Badat said he trained with
failed shoe-bomber Richard
Reid to carry out separate shoe-
bomb attacks aimed at down-
ing planes over America or in
Europe in the months after the
Sept. 11 attacks were carried out
with four hijacked airplanes.
He pleaded guilty in England
in 2005 to conspiring to harm an
aircraft and served six years in
prison before his sentence was
shortened through his coopera-
tion. His plea came in connec-
tion with a 2001 plot to down an
American Airlines flight from
Paris to Miami with explosives
hidden in his shoes.
Prosecutors are using Badat's
testimony to show that Abu
Ghaith, as al-Qaida's spokes-
man, was in the thick of a con-

spiracy to create a second wave
of airborne terrorism attacks
while the debris left by the top-
pled twin towers of the World
Trade Center was still burning.
Abu Ghaith is charged with
conspiring to kill Americans
and providing material support
to al-Qaida. If convicted, the
48-year-old onetime imam at a
Kuwaiti mosque could face life
in prison. He has pleaded not
guilty.
Immediately before Badat's
testimony, prosecutors showed
jurors a 50-second clip of a
5-minute videotape of Abu
Ghaith from Oct. 9, 2001, in
which he threatens that "Amer-
ica must know that the storm of
airplanes will not abate, with
God's permission." Alluding to
martyrdom, he said there were
"youths who are yearning to
death just as Americans yearn
to live."
Then prosecutors showed
nearly 2 minutes of an 8-minute
videotape from Oct. 13, 2001,
in which Abu Ghaith threatens
America again, saying some in
the U.S. had not understood the
gravity of his earlier message.
"The storm of aircrafts will
not stop," he said at one point,
according to an English trans-
lation of Arabic statements that
was introduced as a court exhib-
it. "We strongly advise Muslims
in America and the Britain, the
children and those who reject
unjust American policies, not
to board aircraft and we advise
them not to live in high-rises
and tall buildings."
Despite many months spent
in al-Qaida training camps and
locations in Afghanistan from
1999 through 2001, Badat testi-
fied that he did not recognize a
photograph of Abu Ghaith and
did not recall having ever seen
or heard him.

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