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Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine 'starts heavy weapons withdrawal'

Ukraine 'starts heavy weapons withdrawal'

Ukraine's army is starting the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line in the east as part of a truce, the defence ministry says. It says the pullout of 100mm calibre artillery "is the first step" and will be monitored by OSCE observers. Pro-Russian rebels earlier said they had started withdrawing their weapons. This...

US warns Russia on Ukraine violence

US warns Russia on Ukraine violence

The US has accused Russia of violating the Minsk agreement on Ukraine, as the UN Security Council voted unanimously to approve the ceasefire deal. Vice-President Joe Biden said "the costs to Russia will rise" if it continued to violate the accord. Fighting is continuing around the strategic town of Debaltseve, with pro-Russian rebels saying they...

Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukrainian president orders ceasefire

Ukraine's president has said a truce agreed with pro-Russian rebels in the east must be honoured, as he ordered the army to stop fighting. Petro Poroshenko also warned the rebels against continuing attacks on the besieged strategic town of Debaltseve. Fighting appeared to have died down immediately after the ceasefire took effect at 22:00 GMT. But...

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

Ukraine peace deal 'in great danger'

The Ukrainian president has warned a deal to end the war in the east is in "great danger" after heavy fighting ahead of Saturday night's ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko also accused Russia of "significantly increasing" its offensive in spite of the peace agreement reached in Minsk on Thursday. Meanwhile, the US said it was very concerned...

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Push for peace in Ukraine to resume

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to discuss a peace plan for east Ukraine with the German, French and Ukrainian leaders by phone. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are pushing a plan to end bloody fighting between government and rebel forces. Meeting Putin in Moscow on Friday, they agreed to four-way talks...

Leaders upbeat on Ukraine talks

Leaders upbeat on Ukraine talks

The leaders of Russia, France and Germany have held "constructive and substantive" talks on ending the conflict in Ukraine, BBC quotes the diplomats. Russian President Vladimir Putin, France's Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met for more than four hours in Moscow. Hollande and Merkel had brought with them a peace proposal details on...

US ponders arming Ukraine forces

US ponders arming Ukraine forces

The US administration is considering whether to send arms to help the Ukraine government against pro-Russian rebels in the east, US media report. They suggest officials are exploring the possibility of sending defensive weapons and other lethal aid. No decision has been made, but National Security spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said the US was "constantly assessing"...

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

Ukraine rebels in land grab, says US

US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine of a "blatant land grab". He was speaking after reports that the rebels had extended the area they control, violating a ceasefire plan. Ukraine says Russia has more than 9,000 soldiers fighting alongside the rebels, a claim it denies. Meanwhile, foreign ministers from...

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

UKRAINE CRISIS, ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA

Following the February revolution, Ukraine’s political landscape shifted rapidly. Refusing to recognise the new Kiev government and dubbing the revolution a coup d'état, Russia moved to secure its existing military installations within Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. As unidentified troops secured government buildings Pro-Russia separatists sought to consolidate their local power and Sergey Aksyonov declared...

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Putin's 'secret plot' to rule Europe exposed

Smarting and isolated due to international sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Germany's biggest newspaper today published details of the Kremlin plot in which Putin seeks to hold sway over a continent currently aligned against him, reports express.com. German intelligence sources claim the country's only mildly-eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being wooed by...

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