Ukraine moves to grant more power to regions

Apr 3, 2014

Ukraine moves to grant more power to regions

Crisis-hit Ukraine took the first step Wednesday toward granting more powers to the regions in line with Western wishes but stopped well short of creating the federation sought by Russia. The Western-backed team unveiled its high-stakes plan under the dual pressure of tens of ...

NATO voices 'grave concern' over Russian troop buildup

Apr 3, 2014

NATO voices 'grave concern' over Russian troop buildup

NATO warned on Wednesday that Russia’s military presence on the flash point border with Ukraine was of “grave concern” and that Moscow’s forces could reach military objectives in just days. Ukraine’s new government meanwhile took the first step toward granting more powers to the ...

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Apr 2, 2014

New Crimea prosecutor big in Japan

Russia tried Tuesday to stop a flood of inquiries about the telegenic young lawyer it has appointed as prosecutor for newly annexed Crimea, whose looks have won her a huge Internet following. The Russian prosecutor general’s office said it was tired of answering questions ...

NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

Apr 2, 2014

NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

NATO foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defenses of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the U.S. commitment to their security is “unwavering.” The ministers from NATO’s 28 member nations also ...

Ukraine agrees to host NATO military exercises

Apr 1, 2014

Ukraine agrees to host NATO military exercises

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday approved a series of joint military exercises with NATO countries that would put U.S. troops in direct proximity to Russian forces in the annexed Crimea Peninsula. “This is a good opportunity to develop our armed forces,” acting Defense Minister Mykhailo ...

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine

Apr 1, 2014

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine

Russia on Tuesday sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine and threatened to reclaim billions previous discounts, raising the heat on its cash-strapped government, while Ukrainian police moved to disarm members of a radical nationalist group after a shooting spree in the ...