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United States Hits Russia’s Largest Bank, Energy Sector With Sanctions

By Paul Handley Washington (AFP) — The United States hit Russia’s top bank and leading energy and technology companies with sanctions Friday, restricting access to finance and technology to punish Moscow’s support for Ukraine’s separatist rebels. In its latest round of sanctions, Washington slapped tight controls on business dealings with for Sberbank, pipeline giant Transneft, […]

September 12, 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By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has withdrawn about 70 percent of the armed groups it sent into eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, quoting his nation’s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

MH17 Pierced By ‘High-Energy Objects,’ Investigators Into Crash Find

By Dpa Correspondents, dpa AMSTERDAM — Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 broke up in the air probably after being hit “by a large number of high-energy objects,” a preliminary Dutch report on the crash showed on Tuesday. Images of the MH17 wreckage show that it was pierced in numerous places from the outside, causing the Boeing […]

September 9, 2014

Ukrainian President Warns Fight Against Pro-Russia Gunmen Not Over

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine will never cede its strategic port of Mariupol to Russia, President Petro Poroshenko vowed Monday during a visit to the latest city in the gun sights of pro-Russia separatists. In a defiant speech to workers at the Ilyich Mariupol metal […]

September 8, 2014

Russian Forces Near Ukraine ‘More Lethal’ Than Ever: United States

Washington (AFP) — Russian forces deployed near Ukraine’s eastern border are “more lethal” than before and heavily armed with artillery and air defense weaponry, the Pentagon said Thursday. “The force that we see arrayed on the border is exceptionally capable, probably more capable, more lethal than anything that we’ve seen up until now,” spokesman Colonel […]

September 4, 2014
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Putin Denies Invading Ukraine, Warns West ‘Not To Mess With Us’

By Isabel Gorst and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Friday that the Kremlin had sent troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine and countered threats of increased Western sanctions with the advice that it is “best not to mess with us.” Putin likened the 5-month-old battle between pro-Russia […]

August 29, 2014

EU Readying For A Fresh Round Of Sanctions Against Russia

dpa MOSCOW and MILAN — The European Union was mulling tougher sanctions against Russia on Friday, following reports that Moscow had sent hundreds of regular troops to eastern Ukraine to support the separatist militias there. EU leaders could task experts with drawing up new sanctions at a summit this Saturday in Brussels, diplomats said. Many […]

August 29, 2014

Obama Accuses Russia, Says No U.S. Military Action In Ukraine

Washington (AFP) — U.S. President Barack Obama said it was “plain for the world to see” that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine, but ruled out any U.S. military action to resolve the escalating conflict. Obama, who is due in Wales next week for a NATO summit, made clear that ex-Soviet states now in the […]

August 29, 2014

Russian Armored Invasion Of Ukraine Confirmed By NATO, Separatists

By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula that Moscow annexed in March, Ukrainian and NATO officials reported. NATO released satellite photos of […]

August 28, 2014

Ukraine Crisis Jitters Sink U.S. Stocks

New York (AFP) — U.S. stocks fell Thursday, dragged down as a surge in Ukraine crisis offset encouraging U.S. economic growth and unemployment data. After an hour of trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 67.68 points (0.40 percent) at 17,054.33. The tech-rich Nasdaq Composite dropped 16.40 (0.36 percent) to 4,553.22. The broad-market S&P […]

August 28, 2014

Ukraine President: Russian Forces Have Invaded

By Isabel Gorst, Los Angeles Times Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a snap meeting of his security council on Thursday, declaring that Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. Poroshenko summoned the council as pro-Russian separatist rebels tightened their grip on the town of Novoazovsk in southern Ukraine, opening a new front in the months long battle […]

August 28, 2014

Ukraine, Russia Talks Begin As Kiev Holds ‘Russian’ Soldiers

By Anna Smolchenko with Nicolas Gaudichet in Novoazovsk, Ukraine Minsk (AFP) — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held key talks Tuesday on the brutal conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels after the Kremlin admitted for the first time its troops had entered Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shook hands with his Russian counterpart […]

August 26, 2014

Russia Announces Second Aid Convoy For Eastern Ukraine

dpa Moscow (dpa) — Russia is planning to send a second aid convoy to areas in eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian separatist rebels, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. Despite widespread international criticism of the first convoy, a second convoy would make the journey this week, Lavrov said. The Ukrainian government was being informed […]

August 25, 2014

Russia Must ‘Immediately’ Withdraw Convoy From Ukraine: United States

Washington (AFP) — The United States on Friday demanded Russia “immediately” withdraw an aid convoy of vehicles from Ukraine and warned of further international sanctions if Moscow did not respect Kiev’s sovereignty. “Russia must remove its vehicles and its personnel from the territory of Ukraine immediately. Failure to do so will result in additional costs […]

August 22, 2014

Kiev Accuses Russia Of ‘Invasion’ As Aid Convoy Crosses Border

By Nikolaus Von Twickel, dpa MOSCOW (dpa) — A huge Russian aid convoy entered Ukraine without an escort from the Red Cross on Friday, provoking talk of an “invasion” in Kiev. Some 100 lorries had crossed the border by 2 p.m., Russian state television reported. The vehicles drove through the Izvaryne border post in Ukraine’s […]

August 22, 2014
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Presidents Of Russia, Ukraine To Meet In Belarus As Fighting Rages

By Isabel Gorst and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — The presidents of Russia and Ukraine will meet next week in Minsk, the capital of neighboring Belarus, to discuss the combat consuming eastern Ukraine and Kiev’s diplomatic turn toward the European Union that sparked the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office announced the […]

August 19, 2014

Russian Aid Convoy Rolling Toward Ukraine Without Red Cross Escort

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Russia’s emergency services ministry dispatched a 280-truck convoy said to be carrying humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine on Tuesday while officials in Kiev warned that Russian military vehicles and personnel won’t be allowed through the border. The International Committee of the Red Cross also warned Moscow that it […]

August 12, 2014

Russian Convoy To Bring Aid To Eastern Ukraine, Putin Says

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he was sending an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine on a humanitarian mission in which the International Committee of the Red Cross and Western governments were cooperating. Putin made the announcement after a conversation with European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso, […]

August 11, 2014

Russia Waging Massive War Games As Ukraine Recovers More Territory

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Russia launched massive air force exercises in territory along its border with Ukraine on Monday that will include air-to-ground firing practices and missile tests, the Defense Ministry announced in Moscow. The war games, coinciding with another buildup of Russian troops on the border with eastern Ukraine regions seized […]

August 4, 2014

Russia Firing Artillery On Ukraine Troops: U.S.

Washington (AFP) — The United States on Thursday said it had evidence Russian forces were firing artillery from inside Russia on Ukrainian troops, in what officials called a “clear escalation” of the conflict. Moscow is also planning to “deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers” to the pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine, U.S. deputy […]

July 25, 2014
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Members Of Congress Call For Putin To Halt Intervention In Ukraine

By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Temporarily setting aside the usual partisan sniping, lawmakers in Congress turned their sights Friday on Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling on Moscow to end the separatist conflict in the aftermath of the Malaysian jetliner disaster. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House […]

July 18, 2014

U.S. Investigators Head To Ukraine To Study Malaysia Airlines Crash

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board are sending a team of investigators to Ukraine to help investigate the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, officials said Friday. The plane is believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile launched by pro-Russia forces, according […]

July 18, 2014

Indiana University Student Among Those In Malaysia Airlines Crash

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times An Indiana University student was among those killed in the Malaysia Airlines jet crash Thursday, university officials announced. Karlijn Keijzer, 25, was a doctoral student in chemistry at the university and an avid rower who once competed on the women’s varsity rowing team there, the school said. She had […]

July 18, 2014

Quinn Lucas Schansman First American Identified As Malaysia Jet Victim

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times President Barack Obama on Friday identified the first, and so far only, known American citizen aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Quinn Lucas Schansman had dual Dutch and American citizenship, Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said on Twitter. A […]

July 18, 2014

Pro-Russia Rebels Evacuating Donetsk Amid Broad Attack, Kiev Says

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukrainian government troops have launched a broad offensive against pro-Russia separatists, attacking more than 100 rebel positions, sweeping the gunmen from three villages and spurring an evacuation of the militants’ stronghold in Donetsk, officials in Kiev said Wednesday. Four soldiers died in the fighting that has flared since […]

July 2, 2014