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By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has withdrawn about 70 percent of the armed groups it sent into eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday, quoting his nation’s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

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

Ukraine And Pro-Russian Rebels Agree Ceasefire

By Tatiana Kalinovskaya and Amelie Herenstein Minsk (AFP) — Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed a ceasefire Friday in their five month conflict, which has plunged relations between Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. “A preliminary protocol to the ceasefire agreement has been signed in Minsk. This protocol should enter […]

September 5, 2014
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Kremlin Says Putin Conquest Vow On Ukraine ‘Taken Out Of Context’

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ukrainian security officials accused Russia of sending more troops and equipment into eastern Ukraine as controversy ensued Tuesday over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reported boast that he could conquer Kiev in two weeks if he wanted. A Kremlin spokesman lashed out at European Commission President Jose Manuel Borroso, […]

September 2, 2014

Baltics Poised For Obama Visit Amid High Anxiety Over Russia

By Maris Hellrand and Michel Mrozinski Tallinn (AFP) — From Tallinn to Warsaw, Russian moves in Ukraine are sparking grave concern across a region deeply scarred by war and decades of Soviet occupation on the eve of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama. “I’m very worried mainly because every time it seems like […]

September 2, 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, 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

Ukraine Peace Deal Hinges On Halt To Military Offensive: Lavrov

dpa MOSCOW/BERLIN — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that a political settlement of the conflict in Ukraine was possible only if the government in Kiev halted its military campaign against separatist rebels in the east. “As long as Kiev seeks a forceful solution, international efforts … won’t have success,” Lavrov told reporters in […]

August 18, 2014
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Russia’s Actions In Ukraine ‘Gasoline On The Fire,’ U.S. Diplomat Says

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine had stern words for Russia on Friday, continuing a week in which Washington has toughened its rhetoric against Russian President Vladimir Putin over his nation’s alleged involvement in clashes in eastern Ukraine. More than a week after the downing of Malaysia […]

July 25, 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

Putin Igniting Dangerous Nationalist Fervor Says Top U.S. General

Washington (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the U.S. military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks […]

July 25, 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
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European Diplomats Weigh Harsher Sanctions On Russia

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — Europe’s top diplomats huddled behind closed doors Tuesday to try to agree on tougher action against Russia after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by a suspected Russian missile. Consensus on increased sanctions against Moscow could prove elusive given many European countries’ trading ties with Russia […]

July 22, 2014

Train Carrying Malaysia Jet Victims Completes Its Halting Journey

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — A train carrying more than 280 bodies from Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 arrived in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv early Tuesday afternoon, ending a nearly five-day waiting period for families who lost loved ones in the crash. The train made a halting journey to the city […]

July 22, 2014

Focus Shifts To Trainload Of Bodies From Plane Crash Site In Ukraine

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times The battle for control at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 entered a new chapter Sunday focused on the fate of victims’ bodies, and U.S. and British leaders pointed fingers at Russia for nurturing the separatists suspected of bringing down the airliner. “There’s a buildup of extraordinary […]

July 21, 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

European Security Monitors Held 32 Days By Ukraine Militants Freed

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Four monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who were taken hostage by pro-Russia militants in eastern Ukraine more than a month ago were freed late Thursday, the Vienna-based organization reported. The four Europeans taken captive while patrolling the volatile Donetsk region on May 26 […]

June 27, 2014