Russia says it has no access to men detained in Ukraine

May 25, 2015

Russia says it has no access to men detained in Ukraine

The Russian Embassy in Ukraine says it has still not been given access to two Russian citizens detained earlier this month on suspicion of fighting alongside separatists in the eastern region of Luhansk. The Russian Embassy said Monday that it filed a formal request ...

Rebel commander reportedly killed in eastern Ukraine

May 24, 2015

Rebel commander reportedly killed in eastern Ukraine

A separatist commander in eastern Ukraine was killed along with several other fighters after their car came under attack Saturday, rebel authorities announced. The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Lugansk republic confirmed that Alexei Mozgovoi, the commander of a police battalion in the war-torn ...

Amnesty says torture of war prisoners in Ukraine is rife on both sides

May 23, 2015

Amnesty says torture of war prisoners in Ukraine is rife on both sides

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday. Amnesty said in a statement that it has heard from former captives of both Ukrainian ...

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

May 21, 2015

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

by Adrian Croft

Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults — all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training ...

May 21, 2015

Poroshenko: Ukraine's war is with Russians and it could intensify quickly

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury on Wednesday by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a “real war” against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time. The pro-Western leader said the weekend capture of two purported Russian special forces members ...

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

May 20, 2015

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states are set to hold a summit Thursday focused on the bloc’s Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The No. 1 question at the two-day ...

May 20, 2015

Moscow demands access to two Russian 'citizen' prisoners in Ukraine

Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded the right to visit two citizens detained last week in eastern Ukraine who Kiev says are Russian soldiers guilty of carrying out “terrorist acts” on its territory. Kiev said on Monday the two men had killed Ukrainian troops ...

May 20, 2015

Four Ukraine soldiers killed as fighting erupts in east

Fighting erupted between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday and four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed, the regional administration chief said. Gennady Moskal, governor of Luhansk region on the border with Russia, said on his website that separatists opened ...