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Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule

Rebel-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine have been granted self-rule and fighters have been given an amnesty, under a new law adopted by parliament. The measures are in line with the 5 September ceasefire agreement signed by President Petro Poroshenko. The amnesty affects rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but does not cover the shooting down...

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

EU, US seek Putin achilles' heel on Ukraine

Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growing backing...

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

Ukraine's new defence minister promises Crimea victory

New Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey has vowed to hold "a victory parade" in Crimea, restoring the country's territorial integrity. Addressing parliament in Kiev, he said: "Believe me, there will be a victory parade - there will be for sure - in Ukraine's Sevastopol." Russia annexed the peninsula in March after a controversial referendum. In eastern...

Of godfathers and illusions

Of godfathers and illusions

PUTIN, the current Godfather in Russia has annexed Crimea, and by pointing guns at Ukraine has addressed the world in a fevered tone, speaking of a delusional alternative universe, wreaking of Dostoyevsky's Demons, and has managed to appeal to ethnic solidarity, just what Adolph Hitler had done during the Anschluss and the Sudeten...

Ukraine Crisis

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap yesterday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left 21 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his...

Putin visits annexed Crimea

Putin visits annexed Crimea

President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, his first visit to the peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March. He addressed sailors in Sevastopol harbour as part of celebrations marking the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis. The Kiev government protested at the visit, calling it a "gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty". Meanwhile, reports...

Ukraine in bid to retake buildings

Ukraine in bid to retake buildings

The Ukraine authorities say they have seized back control of the regional administration building in the eastern city of Kharkiv from pro-Russia separatists. They say they hope buildings in Luhansk and Donetsk will be freed shortly as well. On Monday, pro-Russia demonstrators seized government buildings in the three cities. Russia recently annexed the peninsula of Crimea...

Russian Marine Kills Ukraine Navy Officer

Russian Marine Kills Ukraine Navy Officer

A Russian soldier shot dead a Ukrainian naval officer in eastern Crimea, Ukraine's Defence Ministry said on Monday, the second Ukrainian death reported since Russia took control of the Black Sea peninsula. Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised the military's largely bloodless takeover of Crimea after it voted in a referendum last month to...

Indiscreet diplomacy

DAN Mozena may be unhappy with Bangladesh's position on Crimea. But for him to express his disappointment in public goes somewhat against the norms of diplomatic practice. Disagreements between governments are generally voiced through official, behind the scenes channels. The US envoy ought to have followed that principle. There are areas where he should be properly diplomatic, especially when he decides to comment on Bangladesh's internal politics. He should focus on bilateral Dhaka-Washington ties, in trade, joint endeavours and...

Bangladesh should take a stand on Crimea

BANGLADESH'S rationale for abstaining from voting in the March 27 UN General Assembly resolution against “any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol” is that Bangladesh does not like country-specific resolutions. That begs the question: if a UN resolution called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in the 1967 war, would Bangladesh abstain because the resolution is country-specific? The Soviet Union played a pivotal role in the creation of...

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