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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ukraine Vows To Save Shaky Truce Despite Rebel Raids

SLAVYANSK (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s new Western-backed leaders vowed on Wednesday to stick by their unilateral ceasefire and pursue peace talks despite the downing by pro-Russian militia of an army helicopter in the strife-torn separatist east. The death of nine servicemen outside the rebel bastion of Slavyansk and loss of two troops in sporadic attacks […]

June 25, 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

Pro-Russia Militants Wage Deadly Offensive As Ukraine Election Nears

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — Pro-Russia separatists vowing to disrupt Sunday’s presidential election in Ukraine launched a fresh attack Thursday against the Kiev government’s beleaguered forces, killing at least 13 soldiers but failing to take control of more territory in the eastern regions, Ukrainian officials reported. The assault by armed rebels […]

May 22, 2014

Kremlin Backing Rebels In Push For Power-Sharing Reforms

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Kremlin’s top diplomat signaled Tuesday that Russia won’t recognize the results of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election unless it is preceded by a “national dialogue” on redistributing power to the regions and an end to Ukrainian troops’ efforts to retake eastern territory seized by pro-Russia rebels. Russian Foreign […]

May 6, 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 Brings Back Draft As Spreading Rebellion Threatens Split

Kiev (AFP) – An increasingly desperate Ukraine on Thursday brought back military conscription with immediate effect as a spreading pro-Russian rebellion in the east threatened the ex-Soviet republic with disintegration. The move, decreed by interim president Oleksandr Turchynov, came after insurgents tightened their grip over more than a dozen eastern cities and towns by seizing […]

May 1, 2014

Pro-Russia Police Help Foil Ukraine Crackdown In East

By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Ukrainian police sympathetic to pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings helped thwart a threatened crackdown Monday, undermining the government’s credibility and encouraging the gunmen to grab more facilities. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said in a statement that it planned to replace 12,000 officers in the […]

April 15, 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