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 ...

Jan 22, 2015

Russia says Pyongyang positive signal on Kim visit in May

Russia received a positive initial signal from North Korea after President Vladimir Putin invited its leader, Kim Jong Un, to attend anniversary celebrations of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The trip would be Kim’s first ...

New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Jan 22, 2015

New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine deployed large quantities of arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative. Ukraine’s president cut short a visit to Switzerland to deal with the unfolding crisis. Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign ...

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Jan 21, 2015

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian forces of attacking its soldiers after crossing over into the ex-Soviet state’s war-wrecked separatist east in violation of a September truce deal. The charges — met with initial silence by Moscow — should add further tensions to difficult talks ...

Jan 21, 2015

Russia sounds alarm as Lake Baikal's water levels drop

Russia sounded the alarm Tuesday as water levels in Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, dropped to record lows, with environmentalists blaming dry weather and overuse by local industry. The regional emergency ministry in Buryatia region on the lake’s shores announced a state ...

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Jan 20, 2015

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels threatened civilians in central Donetsk on Monday, with shelling hitting a hospital and warnings of insurgents launching attacks from residential areas. Ukraine also made fresh accusations of Moscow backing the separatists, alleging that hundreds of Russian ...

Jan 20, 2015

On Ukraine's frontline, volunteer medics do what they can

From doctors to students and businessmen, volunteers are risking their lives to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the frontline. Some of them are based in the village of Vodiane, near Donetsk airport, where heavy fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces has flared again ...