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Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Minsk, on February 11, 2015 (AFP/ Andrey Stasevich)

Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreed But Doubts Persist It Will Bring Peace

Will the temporary peace in Ukraine last?

February 12, 2015
Deputies of Ukrainian Parliament applaud a vote in favour of a bill dropping Ukraine's non-aligned status, on December 23, 2014 in Kiev

Ukraine Takes Historic Step Toward NATO

Ukraine’s move towards the west could upend peace talks with Russia.

December 23, 2014

Ukraine’s Fight With Russia Is ‘America’s War, Too,’ Poroshenko Says

Poroshenko asked the United States for help dealing with Russia.

September 18, 2014

EU Steps Up Russia Sanctions As ‘1,000 Troops’ Remain In Ukraine

Kiev (AFP) – The European Union has agreed to slap a new round of sanctions on Russia on Friday despite a fragile ceasefire in Ukraine, where NATO said Moscow still had 1,000 troops on the ground. Diplomatic sources in Brussels said EU member states decided Thursday to go ahead and implement the threatened punitive measures […]

September 11, 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

Putin Unveils Peace Plan For Ukraine, Hopes Deal Agreed On Friday

Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called on both Ukrainian rebels and government forces to cease fire and agree to the broad terms of a truce ending their four-month war. Putin’s first direct appeal on the insurgents to lay down their weapons came hours after the beleaguered Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, said […]

September 3, 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

Obama Accuses Russia, To Host Poroshenko

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday it was plain for the world to see that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine. Obama said in a press briefing he planned to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September to discuss the escalating crisis. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad

August 28, 2014

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko Dissolves Parliament

Kiev (AFP) — Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament, calling for early elections on October 26. “I have decided to terminate the powers of Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) early,” his official website quoted him as saying. “The new parliament will be elected on October 26, 2014.” AFP Photo/Yuriy Kirnichny Interested in world news? […]

August 25, 2014

Ukraine Seals EU Deal That Sparked Revolution And Crisis

Brussels (AFP) – Ukraine’s new leader on Friday signed a landmark EU pact that drew immediate threats of retaliation by Russia in its standoff over the ex-Soviet country’s future with the West. President Petro Poroshenko hailed the Association Agreement — a 1,200-page document defining the political and trade terms under which Kiev will slip from […]

June 27, 2014

Ukraine Seeks Putin Help To Save Crumbling Truce

Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s new Western-backed leader sought urgent talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday after separatist rebels shot down an army helicopter despite orders from their own commander to observe a fragile truce. The death of nine servicemen outside the pro-Russian stronghold city of Slavyansk and loss of two other soldiers […]

June 25, 2014

Ukraine Retakes Strategic Rebel-Held Port

Kiev (AFP) – Ukrainian forces said they had hoisted the national flag over the strategic rebel-held port of Mariupol on Friday in their biggest advance since Petro Poroshenko’s election as the insurgency-wrecked country’s pro-Western president. Poroshenko celebrated the soldiers’ “heroism” by proclaiming the industrial Sea of Azov city of half-a-million people the new temporary capital […]

June 13, 2014

Ukrainian President Orders Evacuation Corridors To Help Civilians Escape Fighting

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday ordered government security agencies to help civilians escape separatist fighting and relocate to safety, his office announced. The order to create civilian evocation routes out of areas where at least 200 people have died in more than two months of fighting coincides […]

June 10, 2014

Progress Reported In Ukraine-Russia Talks But Fighting Continues

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported progress Monday after a second day of talks with a Moscow envoy aimed at ending the fighting between government forces and pro-Russia separatists in the east. Violence continued, however, in the besieged, militant-occupied town of Slovyansk, demonstrating the virulence of the separatist movement, which appears […]

June 10, 2014

Obama Says U.S. Backs Ukraine Fight Against Pro-Russia Separatists

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WARSAW, Poland — Pledging support for a new and fragile government, President Barack Obama told Ukraine’s president-elect Wednesday that the U.S. will continue to back Kiev’s fight against separatists. “The United States is absolutely committed to standing behind the Ukrainian people, not just in the coming days and weeks […]

June 4, 2014

After Ukraine Election, Turmoil Continues In East

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Petro Poroshenko has yet to be declared winner of Ukraine’s presidential election, but the challenges facing the presumed new leader were on dauntingly full display Monday. Pro-Russia gunmen who claim control of nearly 15 percent of the country invaded the international airport in Donetsk after thwarting […]

May 27, 2014

‘Chocolate King’ Is Landslide Winner In Ukraine, Rejects Annexation Of Crimea

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Foreign Staff DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainians on Sunday appeared to have chosen Petro Poroshenko, the billionaire “Chocolate King,” as their first president since a pro-European revolution ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Exit polls showed Poroshenko winning at least of 55.9 per cent of the vote, a result that if confirmed by […]

May 26, 2014

Obama Hails ‘Courageous’ Ukrainian Voters

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama hailed “courageous” Ukrainians who went to the polls Sunday in a presidential vote that Washington and the West hope will bring stability back to the country after months of turmoil. “Despite provocations and violence, millions of Ukrainians went to the polls throughout the country,” the White House quoted […]

May 26, 2014