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Ukraine Says Rebels Have Army Of ‘Mid-Sized European State’

Ukraine’s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow’s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a “mid-sized European state”

June 8, 2015

Ukraine Welcomes US Resolution On Arms Shipments

A House resolution passed Monday urges President Obama’s administration to provide “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine before it is too late.”

March 24, 2015

Ukraine Threatens To Scrap Ceasefire

Turmoil in the Ukraine means that the cease-fire law may be on thin ice.

November 4, 2014

Ukraine Denies Rights Group Report It Uses Cluster Bombs

Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists refute the claim that they are using prohibited weapons in heavily populated areas.

October 21, 2014

Ukraine Leader Sees End To War, Eyes EU Membership By 2020

Ukrainian President is hopeful to end war and join EU, but new deadly clashes may put that on hold.

September 26, 2014

Ukraine Ratifies Landmark EU Pact, Offers Rebels Self-Rule

Kiev (AFP) — Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact Tuesday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signaled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it […]

September 16, 2014

U.S. Lawmakers Want Ukraine Leader To Address Congress

Washington (AFP) — Top U.S. senators on Monday pressed for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address a joint session of Congress when he visits Washington on September 18. Kiev’s government and military are facing pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and U.S. lawmakers want President Barack Obama’s administration to “extend a hand of friendship to the […]

September 9, 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

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

Ukraine Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Resigns As Ruling Coalition Collapses

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk abruptly resigned Thursday afternoon as Kiev’s ruling parliamentary coalition fell apart. In a brief statement, Yatsenyuk told Parliament, “I announce my resignation in connection with the collapse of the coalition and the blocking of government initiatives.” He criticized lawmakers for gridlock […]

July 24, 2014

Separatist Rocket Attacks, Bus Ambush Kill 30 In Eastern Ukraine

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian military base with Russian-made Grad rockets, killing 19 troops and boosting the overnight death toll to about 30 in the latest flare-up of fighting in eastern Ukraine, Russian media and Ukrainian officials said Friday. It was the deadliest day for the Kiev government […]

July 11, 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

Pro-Russia Rebels Shoot Down Ukrainian Helicopter, Killing 12

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Rebels in the embattled eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk shot down a military helicopter on Thursday, killing at least a dozen Ukrainian soldiers, as heavy fighting continued in the area that has been the epicenter of the pro-Russia insurgency for more than two months. The […]

May 29, 2014

Ukraine Oligarchs Intervene To Avert ‘Catastrophe’ Of Separatism

Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukraine’s wealthiest industrialists appear to have entered the fight against separatists endangering their export-dependent businesses, chasing militants out of the steel-producing port of Mariupol and challenging the gunmen occupying other eastern Ukraine areas. Unarmed and protected only by hard hats, steelworkers from magnate Rinat Akhmetov’s Metinvest heavy industry empire joined […]

May 16, 2014

Obama, Merkel Threaten Broader Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday ratcheted up the threat of economic backlash against Russia, saying they are preparing broader sanctions if Moscow continues to stoke violence in eastern Ukraine in the run-up to elections later this month. “The Russian leadership must know that […]

May 2, 2014

Merkel Asks Putin’s Help In Freeing European Hostages In Ukraine

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to urge him to use his influence with pro-Russia militants holding seven European military observers hostage in eastern Ukraine, official sources in Berlin and Moscow said. But the Kremlin press service account of the phone call said Putin […]

May 1, 2014

Pro-Russian Mob Attacks Building In Ukraine’s Donetsk

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – A crowd of some 300 pro-Russian militants attacked the prosecutor’s office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Thursday, AFP reporters on the scene said. The mob hurled rocks at around 100 riot police defending the building, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas, in the latest unrest to […]

May 1, 2014

Russia Warns It Will ‘Respond’ If Interests In Ukraine Attacked

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will “certainly respond” if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden’s visit […]

April 23, 2014

Biden Arrives In Kiev As Russia Blames U.S. For Ukraine Crisis

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev on Monday for talks with Ukraine’s embattled interim leaders as Russia’s top diplomat blamed Washington for instigating the crisis that threatens to escalate into armed conflict between the two former Soviet republics. In […]

April 21, 2014

Biden Lands In Kiev As Russia Accuses Ukraine Of Breaching Deal

Kiev (AFP) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Kiev Monday in a show of support for the pro-Western government, as Russia accused Ukraine of reneging on an international accord meant to defuse tensions over its separatist east. Biden’s two-day visit comes with the clock ticking on a White House warning of further sanctions […]

April 21, 2014

‘Civil War’ Warning For Ukraine As Troops, Tanks Push East

IZYUM (Ukraine) (AFP) – Russia warned on Tuesday that Ukraine was on the brink of “civil war” after Kiev’s leaders pushed troops and tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city to counter a separatist surge backed by Moscow. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by Kiev’s Western-backed government to […]

April 15, 2014

White House: CIA Chief Visited Kiev At The Weekend

Washington (AFP) – Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan visited Kiev at the weekend, the White House said Monday, amid U.S. ire over the storming of official buildings in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian gunmen. “We can confirm that the director was in Kiev this weekend,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Brennan’s visit was part […]

April 14, 2014

Ukraine Blames Russian Agents For Kiev Carnage

Kiev (AFP) — Ukraine’s new Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the ousted pro-Kremlin president for organizing two days of carnage in Kiev that killed nearly 90 supporters of closer E.U. ties. The explosive allegations were leveled only moments before Russia responded to the new course taken by its ex-Soviet neighbor by hiking […]

April 3, 2014

IMF Throws Lifeline To Ukraine As Russia Masses Troops

By Dmitry Zaks Kiev (AFP) – The International Monetary Fund announced on Thursday a $14-$18 billion bailout for Ukraine that requires the crisis-hit country to pursue painful and unpopular reforms to avert bankruptcy amid its escalating standoff with Russia. The vital pledge of Western support for the untested leaders who last month toppled a pro-Kremlin […]

March 27, 2014

Ukraine Orders Its Troops To Leave Crimea, Russia Offers Better Pay For Them To Change Sides

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff KIEV, Ukraine — A pair of Russian generals have been visiting Ukrainian military bases in Crimea and offering soldiers there fat pay and pension packages if they join the Russian army before a Friday deadline, when Russia has said its patience with a Ukrainian presence in the Black Sea peninsula […]

March 19, 2014