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Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Russia poised for invasion

Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission to invade, Nato said yesterday. Stating the conflict in Ukraine was fueled by Russia, Nato said in a statement that the troop build-up had further escalated "a dangerous situation". "We're not going to guess what's on Russia's mind, but we can see what Russia is doing on the ground – and that is of great concern. Russia has amassed...

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

Obama urges Putin to stop Ukraine arms flow

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine and halt support for separatists. The White House said that in the phone call Obama warned of further sanctions if Moscow failed to act. The Kremlin says Putin urged direct talks between Kiev and the rebels...

Ukraine Crisis

Rebels down military plane; 49 killed

Pro-Russian rebels shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane yesterday in the separatist east, killing all 49 troops on board in the biggest single loss of life in the two-month insurgency. The attack came hours before top Moscow and Kiev officials were expected to meet in the Ukrainian capital for 11th-hour gas negotiations aimed at averting an imminent cut in Russian supplies that would also impact large swathes of Europe. The early morning downing near the airport of the rebel stronghold...

Ukraine Crisis

5 rebels killed in fierce east battle

5 rebels killed in fierce east battle

Ukrainian forces killed five rebels yesterday while repelling an attack by 500 pro-Russian gunmen on a federal border guard camp in the strife-torn separatist east, Kiev officials said. The border guard service said seven of its servicemen were wounded when "around 500 terrorists" attacked one of its units stationed outside the industrial city of...

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

US unveils $1bn Europe security plan

President Barack Obama has announced plans for a $1bn (£600m) fund to increase US military deployments to Europe, during a visit to Poland. Obama, who will meet Nato leaders amid concerns over the Ukraine crisis, said the security of America's European allies was "sacrosanct". In April, 150 US soldiers were sent to Poland for military...

Ukraine Crisis

Kiev breaches Geneva Convention: Russia

Kiev breaches Geneva Convention: Russia

Russia yesterday accused Kiev's armed forces of breaching international law protecting civilians in wartime by killing and wounding peaceful citizens as it fights pro-Russian insurgents. The Investigative Committee, the Russian equivalent of the FBI, said in a statement that Ukraine's armed forces as well as its National Guard and the Right Sector ultra-nationalist group...

German push to ease Ukraine crisis

German push to ease Ukraine crisis

Germany's foreign minister is due to arrive in Kiev amid fresh attempts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Frank-Walter Steinmeier could also visit the east of the country where pro-Russian activists held referendums on self-rule on Sunday, reports say. Earlier, a separatist leader called on Russia to "absorb" the eastern Ukrainian region...

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Insurgents in eastern Ukraine declare independence

Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin's hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March....

East Ukraine braced for more unrest

East Ukraine braced for more unrest

East Ukraine is braced for more unrest, as troops from Kiev prepare to continue "anti-terror" operations and pro-Russian gunmen reinforce barricades. Ukrainian soldiers advanced on several cities on Saturday to regain control of buildings seized by the gunmen. But in at least one city, Luhansk, the rebels made further gains, storming a security services base. Clashes...

Signs of helplessness

AS Ukraine slides steadily towards civil war, the sanctions announced by the United States and the European Union go further than previous attempts but show no results on the ground. On April 28, Washington announced measures against companies, officials, and wealthy businesspeople with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin's government, and the following day the European Union announced sanctions against 15 Russian and Ukrainian officials including General Valery Gerasimov, Russia's chief of military staff, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry...

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