Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Jan 26, 2015

Ukraine: Phone calls prove rebels attacked city, killed 30

Intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russian-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people, President Petro Poroshenko said Sunday during an emergency meeting of his Security Council. U.S. President Barack ...

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Jan 25, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol’s city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 ...

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Jan 24, 2015

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. The main separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region vowed to push ...

Jan 24, 2015

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning “gay propaganda” aimed at minors. The social networking site, called Children 404, is used by thousands of teenagers to ...

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

Jan 24, 2015

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

British singer Sarah Brightman has started a grueling 72-hour survival course in a snowy Russian forest to train for her upcoming role as a space tourist, Russia’s cosmonaut training centre said Friday. The soprano known for her starring roles in West End musicals composed ...

Jan 24, 2015

Dutch to collect more remains from MH17 crash site in Ukraine

A Dutch team is to return to the MH17 crash site in war-torn Ukraine to collect more remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was downed in July, officials said Friday. “A small team including defense ministry employees will return ...

Jan 23, 2015

Obama tries to out-Putin Putin

by Leonid Bershidsky

In his State of the Union address earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama showed that he's either blind to the dangers of the deteriorating relationship between Moscow and the West or is faking pride in a victory that is not even on the ...

Jan 23, 2015

Ukraine cedes Donetsk airport on one of bloodiest days of war

Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe’s latest push for peace in the nine-month war. The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September ...