More than 6,000 killed in 'merciless devastation' in Ukraine: U.N.

Mar 2, 2015

More than 6,000 killed in 'merciless devastation' in Ukraine: U.N.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since violence erupted in Ukraine last April, the U.N. rights chief said Monday, decrying a “merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure.” The U.N.’s ninth report on the situation in violence-wracked Ukraine paints a bleak picture of ...

Estonians vote under shadow of resurgent Russia

Mar 2, 2015

Estonians vote under shadow of resurgent Russia

Estonians voted Sunday in an election marked by jitters over a militarily resurgent Russia and a popular pro-Kremlin party, with the security-focused center-left coalition tipped for another term. Moscow’s annexation of Crimea last year and its meddling in eastern Ukraine have galvanized the European ...

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Mar 1, 2015

West's call to rebuild Ukraine faces reality check

Western powers are preparing what they say may be their most potent weapon against Moscow’s interference in Ukraine — a multibillion dollar aid package to rebuild a near-bankrupt state and realize the European dream cherished by many Ukrainians. There is just one problem: foreign ...

Feb 26, 2015

U.S mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia’s military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders told Congress Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told ...

Feb 25, 2015

Both sides in Ukraine conflict have used cluster bombs: report

Illegal weapons such as cluster bombs have been used in the Ukraine conflict, Amnesty International said while also criticizing both sides in the fighting for the high number of civilian deaths. “Taking into account everything we understand for now, we think that they (cluster ...

Worried  about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

Feb 25, 2015

Worried about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the Baltic region, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday. “Today’s geopolitical environment requires us to strengthen the army, and do it as fast as possible,” ...

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Feb 23, 2015

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Ukraine’s military said Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous cease-fire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions. A truce to end fighting that has killed ...

Kiev marks year since war started

Feb 21, 2015

Kiev marks year since war started

One year ago, Ihor Zastavnyi was shot three times and lost a leg while taking part in demonstrations that he hoped would lead to a better Ukraine. Today he faces a country racked by war, struggling with corruption and pleading to the world for ...

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to eastern Ukraine

Feb 21, 2015

Kiev accuses Russia of sending more tanks to eastern Ukraine

Kiev accused Russia on Friday of sending more tanks and troops into eastern Ukraine and said they were heading toward the rebel-held town of Novoazovsk on the southern coast, expanding their presence on what it fears could be the next battlefront. Russia did not ...

Feb 20, 2015

Russia called threat to Baltic states

Senior Western officials on Thursday accused Russia of redrawing the map of Europe by force and posing a threat to the Baltic states. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “real and present danger” to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and NATO is getting ready to ...