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Putin Insists Crimea Is Historically Part Of Russia

Vladimir Putin is not backing down.

December 4, 2014

Ukraine’s Chief Says Most Russian Forces Gone, Vows More Local Powers

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has withdrawn about 70 percent of the armed groups it sent into eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, quoting his nation’s intelligence sources. “That gives us a real hope that peace efforts have good prospects,” Poroshenko said in televised […]

September 10, 2014

Ukraine President Says ‘Understanding’ On Cease-Fire Reached

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times An understanding on steps to a cease-fire in the volatile regions of southeast Ukraine has been reached between Kiev and Moscow, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday. During a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, a “mutual understanding was reached in regard to steps […]

September 3, 2014
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Putin Takes No Blame For Malaysia Jet Downing

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times Russian President Vladimr Putin on Monday again sidestepped any blame for the last week’s downing of a Malaysian jet and demanded that international teams be ensured safe access to the crash site. “Everything should be done to ensure (the international experts’) full and absolute safety, and to create […]

July 21, 2014

Russian Parliament Revokes Authorization To Send Troops To Ukraine

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russia’s Federation Council, parliament’s upper house, Wednesday revoked its March ruling allowing President Vladimir Putin to use the country’s armed forces in neighboring Ukraine. The council’s action came a day after Putin asked the legislative body for the change in a letter indicating it would “be aimed […]

June 25, 2014

5 Sentenced In Slaying Of Russian Journalist Anna Politkovskaya

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — A judge on Monday handed down sentences ranging from 12 years to life in prison to five men convicted in the shooting death of Russia’s most prominent crusading journalist. The sentencing, however, did little to assuage the family and supporters of Anna Politkovskaya, who was gunned […]

June 9, 2014

Ukraine Reports Advances In Fight Against Separatists

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukrainian authorities claimed significant progress Tuesday in their off-and-on fight against Russian separatists in the east of the country, but the separatists said the claims were exaggerated. Parliament speaker Olexander Turchinov said Ukrainian army and security forces stormed a secret “terrorist” camp in the Donetsk region, […]

June 3, 2014

Ukraine Troops Ambushed By Pro-Russia Gunmen In Eastern Town; 14 Die

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded as government forces seeking to win back this eastern Ukrainian city from pro-Russia separatists ran into an ambush Monday set up by the rebel gunmen. Operations by the Interior Ministry, army and national guard troops for […]

May 6, 2014

Ukraine Separatists Take Over Prosecutor’s Office In Donetsk

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times DONETSK, Ukraine — A crowd of more than 2,000 pro-Russia separatists on Sunday night seized one of the last key official sites in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk still in the hands of the country’s interim government. The demonstrators, some armed with sticks and shields and at least […]

May 5, 2014

Ukraine Forces Move Against Separatists

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukrainian security forces resumed an anti-separatist operation Friday near Slovyansk, a district center in the eastern part of the country that had been seized by armed pro-Russia gunmen in April, an official said. Nine separatist checkpoints were stormed and captured on the outskirts of Slovyansk as the […]

May 2, 2014

Ukraine Mayor In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Back

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times DONETSK, Ukraine — In a sign of the deepening destabilization of eastern Ukraine, the popular mayor of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, was shot in the back on Monday, authorities said. Mayor Gennady Kernes was in critical condition after undergoing surgery at a local clinic, said Dr. Valery […]

April 28, 2014

U.S. Will Stand By Ukraine In Face Of Russian Aggression, Biden Says

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — The United States will stand by Ukrainians against Russian aggression that threatens their nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Vice President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday during a visit to Kiev. “No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation, and we will never recognize […]

April 22, 2014

Edward Snowden Asks Putin On Live TV: Does Russia Spy On Millions?

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times   MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who was granted asylum in Russia, made a surprise appearance at President Vladimir Putin’s annual televised call-in session Thursday to ask whether the country conducts mass surveillance like the United States does. Snowden’s revelations about U.S. spying practices […]

April 17, 2014

Putin: Russia May Invade Ukraine To Protect Locals

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russia may invade southeast Ukraine to protect the local population, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Speaking live at his annual call-in show in a Moscow television studio, Putin implied he reserves the right to move Russian troops into the neighboring country on behalf of pro-Russian residents. “We […]

April 17, 2014

Ukraine Says It Has Reclaimed Airport Seized By Pro-Russia Separatists

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukrainian forces launched combat operations against pro-Russian separatists Tuesday and recaptured a military airport in the eastern part of the country, the acting president said. Explosions and gunfire were heard from around the airport, located between the towns of Kramatorsk and Slavyansk. Both towns were seized last […]

April 15, 2014

Ukraine Warns Separatists To Stand Down

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine’s interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who […]

April 14, 2014

Ukraine Separatists Hold Buildings And Hostages

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Heavily armed separatists held Ukrainian government buildings and hostages Tuesday as tensions increased sharply and threatened to push a dispute over treatment of the country’s ethnic Russians into bloodshed. Ukrainian government officials said pro-Russia separatists had rigged explosives in a building in Luhansk and were holding hostages […]

April 9, 2014

Ukraine Cracks Down On Demonstrators; Russia Issues Warning

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukrainian riot police on Tuesday cleared a regional administration building and public square in the eastern city of Kharkiv of hundreds of pro-Russia protesters, detaining scores in the process, officials said. “Seventy criminals were taken into custody during the operation,” Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, told the […]

April 8, 2014

Pro-Russia Demonstrators Declare Independent Republic In Eastern Ukraine

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Pro-Russia demonstrators who seized the regional administrative building in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk announced Monday that they were declaring an independent republic and would hold a referendum about joining the region with Moscow. The country’s acting president, Olexandr Turchinov, blamed Russia for the unrest and […]

April 7, 2014

Ousted Ukrainian Leader Laments Country’s Loss Of Crimea

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukraine’s ousted president on Wednesday lamented the loss of Crimea to Russia as “a grave pain and tragedy very difficult to come to terms with” but insisted the current interim government in Kiev was solely responsible for the region’s annexation. “I personally can’t agree” to the […]

April 2, 2014

Russia Dairy Plant Closed After Workers’ Milk Bath

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — A Siberian dairy plant was temporarily closed Friday after its workers had been found bathing in milk, a Russian consumer oversight agency reported. Trade House Cheeses, a dairy producer in Omsk, about 1,600 miles east of Moscow, was closed for 90 days by regional authorities for an […]

March 28, 2014

Russia Dairy Plant Closed After Workers’ Milk Bath

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — A Siberian dairy plant was temporarily closed Friday after its workers had been found bathing in milk, a Russian consumer oversight agency reported. Trade House Cheeses, a dairy producer in Omsk, about 1,600 miles east of Moscow, was closed for 90 days by regional authorities for an […]

March 28, 2014

Russians Reject Western Sanctions As Illegitimate And Ineffective

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russian officials on Thursday declared U.S. and European sanctions imposed following Moscow’s takeover of Crimea as illegitimate, ineffective and “not based on international law.” Even as President Barack Obama announced a new list of sanctions Thursday against Russian officials and elite, the lower house of Russia’s […]

March 20, 2014

Russians Reportedly Attack Two Ukrainian Naval Units In Crimea

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW—Ukrainian forces at two naval facilities in Crimea reported Wednesday that they were attacked by gunmen linked to Russia in violation of an earlier agreement to give them until Friday to leave the breakaway region. “So-called pro-Russian self-defense forces of Crimea aided by Russian gunmen in unmarked uniforms stormed […]

March 19, 2014

Ukraine Will Never Accept Crimea’s Annexation To Russia, Official Says

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine will never recognize the results of the weekend referendum that favored Crimea’s secession and it will never accept the annexation of the peninsula by Russia, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Tuesday. “Our land will never be torn away,” Turchynov said Tuesday, according to the […]

March 18, 2014