Sep 19, 2014

Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of embattled Ukraine to the White House on Thursday, but stopped short of fulfilling his visitor’s urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists. Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his call for American weaponry during ...

Sep 16, 2014

Gymnast rumored linked to Putin leaves parliament

Alina Kabayeva, the Olympic gold gymnast whose relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin is the subject of wide speculation, is resigning from her seat in the national parliament. Russian news reports say Kabayeva on Monday asked to step down in order to undertake other ...

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

Sep 15, 2014

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, piling further pressure on a precarious nine-day-old truce between the government and separatist fighters. Large clouds of thick black smoke billowed over the industrial city as the boom of sustained ...

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

Sep 13, 2014

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

The United States and the European Union hit Russia with tough new sanctions Friday in a coordinated riposte to Moscow’s “unacceptable behavior” in Ukraine despite a fragile truce. Moscow responded by accusing its foes of seeking to derail the peace push aimed at halting ...

Sep 12, 2014

Obama unveils new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States would intensify sanctions in the defense, finance and energy sectors to punish Russia over its “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The move was coordinated with the European Union, which earlier also agreed to slap a new ...

Sep 11, 2014

Putin says nuclear deterrent must be maintained; Russia tests ICBM

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia must maintain its nuclear deterrence to counter what he called growing security threats, after Moscow test-launched an intercontinental nuclear missile. With ties between Moscow and the West frayed by the crisis in Ukraine, Putin also took greater ...