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By David Larter, Staff writer
The Navy has dispatched a cruiser to the Black Sea in the latest sign that Washington is ramping up pressure on the Kremlin’s power play in Ukraine after a disputed referendum and ahead of Ukraine’s presidential election.
The cruiser Vella Gulf entered the area May 23 “to promote peace and stability in the region,” according to a 6th Fleet news release — a markedly sharper tone than previous releases.
The announcement came more than week after the hotly disputed referendum in Eastern Ukraine that declared independence from Kiev. The U.S., its European allies and Russia have all said they will not recognize the results of the referendum.