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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

Dutch Go Into Mourning For Victims Of Malaysia Jet Downing

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — The Netherlands went into national mourning Friday over the scores of Dutch victims in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which took off from Amsterdam but never reached its destination. More than half of the 298 people who died were Dutch. The tally reached 173 on […]

July 18, 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

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

Ukraine Mayor In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Back

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times DONETSK, Ukraine — In a sign of the deepening destabilization of eastern Ukraine, the popular mayor of Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, was shot in the back on Monday, authorities said. Mayor Gennady Kernes was in critical condition after undergoing surgery at a local clinic, said Dr. Valery […]

April 28, 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

In Kiev, Kerry Pays Tribute To ‘Brave Ukrainians’

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times KIEV, Ukraine — U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Tuesday paid emotional tribute to “these brave Ukrainians” who stood up to autocracy — some at the cost of their lives — in the deadly culmination of a three-month rebellion that drove President Viktor Yanukovych into Russian […]

March 4, 2014

Obama: Russia Broke International Law In Ukraine

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Monday that most of the world believes that Russia has violated international law by intervening in Ukraine. The American leader said Moscow had put itself “on the wrong side of history” by mobilizing forces within Ukraine after the country’s pro-Russian president was ousted in a popular […]

March 3, 2014

Obama Warns Of ‘Consequences’ Over Ukraine Violence

Toluca (Mexico) (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of “consequences” over the violence in Ukraine and said it held the government responsible for ensuring that its people can protest “without fear of repression.” “We hold the Ukrainian government primarily responsible for making sure that it is dealing with peaceful protesters in an […]

February 19, 2014