Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

Jul 8, 2014

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

When she was asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. Why should she subsidize others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, ...

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Jul 8, 2014

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Three weeks before Ukraine’s army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia. “A week will pass, two, three, maybe a month, and the rebellion’s best fighters will be bled ...

Defector's trove of KGB files released

Jul 7, 2014

Defector's trove of KGB files released

The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. Original documents from one of the biggest intelligence leaks in history — a who’s who of Soviet spying — were released Monday ...

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Jul 6, 2014

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces on Sunday pursued retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a cease-fire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko called the moment when his troops hoisted the Ukrainian ...

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Jul 5, 2014

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukraine’s forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday, chasing them from one of their strongholds in the embattled east of the country. Rebels fleeing from the city of Slovyansk vowed to regroup elsewhere and fight on. President Petro Poroshenko said in ...

Jul 5, 2014

Russia forces data move to domestic web servers

Russia’s parliament on Friday passed a law to force Internet sites that store the personal data of Russian citizens to do so inside the country, a move that the Kremlin says is for data protection but which critics see as an attack on social ...

Ukraine claims winning ground in rebellious east

Jul 5, 2014

Ukraine claims winning ground in rebellious east

Fighting in eastern Ukraine left at least nine Ukrainian soldiers dead Friday as government troops pressed their offensive against pro-Russian insurgents using heavy artillery and combat jets and prospects of a truce appeared dim. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine was ready to conduct ...

Ukraine pounds pro-Russia rebels after failed truce

Jul 2, 2014

Ukraine pounds pro-Russia rebels after failed truce

Ukrainian tanks and fighter bombers resumed their assault on pro-Russian insurgents Tuesday after Kiev’s Western-backed leader brushed off a last-gasp European effort to save a tenuous 10-day truce. The return of all-out fighting in Europe’s worst security crisis in nearly two decades drew the ...

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Jul 1, 2014

Ukraine leader vows to attack rebels as cease-fire is dropped

Ukraine’s Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko has announced that Kiev’s forces will resume a military offensive against pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine after he opted not to prolong a shaky cease-fire. “After examining the situation I have decided, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, not ...