Ukraine

  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked 23-04-2014 10:48 PM

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for...
  • Ukraine government resumes offensive, hopes for more US help 23-04-2014 02:46 PM

    Kiev: Ukraine's government has formally ended an Easter truce and is relaunching the "active phase" of an "anti-terrorist operation" to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday. Yarema, who has a role in security matters, told reporters on the sidelines...
  • Ukraine on alert after politician killed 23-04-2014 11:50 AM

    Kiev: Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has ordered relaunching military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two people, one a local politician, were "tortured to death". The body of politician Vladimir Rybak, he said, was found near rebel-held Sloviansk, BBC reported on Wednesday. The move came as US...
  • Joe Biden warns on Ukraine accord as Russia refuses to be rushed 23-04-2014 09:09 AM

    Moscow: US Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. Ukraine's acting president called for a government operation against...
  • Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord: US 22-04-2014 10:16 AM

    Russia has "days, not weeks" to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top US diplomat in Kiev warned Monday as Vice President Joe Biden launched a high-profile show of support for the pro-Western Ukrainian government. Russia in turn accused authorities in Kiev of...
  • Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender 22-04-2014 07:43 AM

    Kiev: An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. US and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out...
  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord 21-04-2014 11:49 AM

    Reuters: At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's Western-backed...
  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine 17-04-2014 03:54 PM

    Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian Special Forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. He expressed hope for a...
  • Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks 16-04-2014 04:18 PM

    Kramatorsk/Slaviansk: Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future. Government troops drove seven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town...
  • Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war 15-04-2014 10:32 PM

    Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down their arms,...
  • Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to a slow start 15-04-2014 05:01 PM

    Kiev/Slaviansk: Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down...
  • Russian fighter jets fly near American warship 14-04-2014 09:35 PM

    Wasihington: A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes on Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a US military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer...
  • Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine, no sign of military crackdown 14-04-2014 08:32 PM

    Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize. Rebels in the town of Slaviansk, which was expected on Monday to be the focus...
  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes 14-04-2014 04:38 PM

    Slaviansk: Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a...
  • Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russian rebels, reports dead on both sides 13-04-2014 05:53 PM

    Slaviansk: Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from a police headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with Kiev reporting dead on both sides as it combats what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the...
  • Ukraine prepares armed response as city seized by pro-Russia forces 13-04-2014 08:39 AM

    Armed separatists took control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an "act of aggression by Russia", pushing the conflict between the neighbors into a dangerous new phase. Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk, a town...
  • NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis 02-04-2014 07:40 AM

    Brussels: NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries. Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian...
  • Russia creates ministry for Crimean affairs 31-03-2014 06:24 PM

    Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said Russia would launch a new ministry for the newly-absorbed regions of Crimea and Sevastopol. "I believe it is feasible to form a separate federal body with the executive branch of the government in dealing with the issues of Crimea and Sevastopol,"...
  • US calls for pullback of Russian troops from Ukraine border 31-03-2014 08:21 AM

    Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Russia must pull back its troops from the Ukrainian border to deescalate the tension following Crimea's takeover by Moscow. "Any real progress in Ukraine must include a pullback of the very large Russian force that...
  • Crimea switches to Moscow time 30-03-2014 07:50 PM

    Moscow: Crimea on Sunday switched to Moscow time by moving the clocks two hours forward. According to the Crimean parliament, the schedules of Crimea's railway, water transport, air and telecommunications services all switched to Moscow time March 30, Xinhua reported. "The change is to proceed smoothly without financial or other...
  • Russia sees no need for Ukraine incursion, Tatars seek autonomy 30-03-2014 05:43 PM

    Russia said on Saturday it had no intention of invading eastern Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea, while the Black Sea peninsula's Muslim Tatars demanded autonomy. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on Sunday in Paris, the State Department said, as both...
  • Russia has no intention of sending troops to Ukraine: Sergei Lavrov 29-03-2014 04:40 PM

    Russian said on Saturday it had no intention of sending its armed forces into Ukraine, signalling Moscow wants to ease tensions in the worst East-West standoff since the Cold war. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reinforced a message from President Vladimir Putin that Russia will settle - at least for now...
  • Ousted Ukrainian leader urges referendum 29-03-2014 07:52 AM

    Moscow: Speaking from Russia, Ukraine's ousted leader urged his citizens on Friday to press for a vote to determine the status of their regions, a call echoing the Kremlin's push to turn Ukraine into a loosely knit federation. The statement from Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian leader who fled to...
  • Acknowledging defeat, Ukraine pulls troops from Crimea 25-03-2014 11:41 AM

    Ukrainian troops and their families began evacuating from Crimea on Monday, as Kiev effectively acknowledged defeat by Russian forces who stormed one of the last of their remaining bases on the peninsula. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been besieged on bases in Crimea, offering no armed resistance but refusing to...
  • Russian troops seize Ukraine marine base in Crimea 24-03-2014 11:05 AM

    Russian troops took over a Ukrainian marine base in Feodosia early on Monday, one of the few military facilities that was still flying a Ukrainian flag in Crimea after Russia's annexation, a Ukrainian serviceman said. First Lieutenant Anatoly Mozgovoy told Reuters on the phone from inside the base that there...
  • Russian troops seize Crimea airbase as Moscow consolidates control 23-03-2014 07:01 AM

    Crimea: Russian troops used armored vehicles, automatic gunfire and stun grenades on Saturday to seize a Ukrainian airbase in Crimea a day after President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. Ukrainian forces also abandoned a naval base after attacks by pro-Russian protesters, and had...
  • Ukraine's east rallies for secession referendum 22-03-2014 08:12 PM

    More than 5,000 pro-Russia residents of a major city in Ukraine's east demonstrated on Saturday in favor of holding a referendum on whether to seek to split off and become part of Russia. The rally in Donetsk came less than a week after the Ukrainian region of Crimea approved secession...
  • Crimea goes East, Ukraine goes West in two new deals 22-03-2014 07:02 AM

    Brussels: Two almost simultaneous signatures on Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as Russia formally annexed Crimea and the European Union pulled Ukraine closer into its orbit. In this "new post-Cold War order," as the Ukrainian prime minister called it, besieged Ukrainian troops...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal 21-03-2014 07:42 PM

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to...
  • Russian shares tumble as US widens sanctions for Crimea seizure 21-03-2014 05:18 PM

    Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright at tougher than expected US sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's inner circle over Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The United States added 20 names to its sanctions blacklist, including Kremlin banker Yuri Kovalchuk and his Bank Rossiya, oil and...