Ukraine's Ruslana among 10 given US bravery award

US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) recognizes singer Ruslana Lyzhychko of Ukranie as she is awarded with the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award 2014 during a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC, March 4, 2014Ukrainian pop star Ruslana, the Eurovision winner who spent months singing to pro-European protestors in Kiev, was among 10 women honored by the US for their bravery Tuesday. “It’s very important to be here right now as a voice of my country,” Ruslana Lyzychko told AFP after she received the 2014 International Women of Courage award by First Lady Michelle Obama. Sorry, it’s Putin,” the petite singer said, speaking in English and clutching a blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag which she called her “good luck charm.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned he is ready to send troops into Ukraine — Kiev says they are already deployed on the Crimea peninsula — triggering a deep crisis with both Europe and the United States.

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