Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Feb 28, 2015

Prominent Putin critic shot dead near Kremlin

Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down near the Kremlin on Saturday, just a day before a planned protest against the government. Russia’s top investigative body said Saturday it is looking into several possible ...

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Feb 28, 2015

Ukraine war to be Putin's undoing, Khodorkovsky says

Exiled Russian former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky warned Friday that President Vladimir Putin’s policies on the Ukraine conflict will bring Moscow to ruin, much as the Afghan war helped bankrupt the Soviet Union. A year after annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, Russia finds itself isolated and ...

U.S. intel chief sees spring attack on Ukraine port Mariupol

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. intel chief sees spring attack on Ukraine port Mariupol

Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine will likely wait until the spring to attack the port of Mariupol, U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper predicted Thursday, adding such a move did not seem imminent. Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aim was to establish a land ...

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

Feb 26, 2015

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

A U.N.-backed cease-fire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the U.S. accused Russia of “lies” and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev’s forces. Russia in turn has warned it could within days cut ...

Feb 25, 2015

Both sides in Ukraine conflict have used cluster bombs: report

Illegal weapons such as cluster bombs have been used in the Ukraine conflict, Amnesty International said while also criticizing both sides in the fighting for the high number of civilian deaths. “Taking into account everything we understand for now, we think that they (cluster ...

German doctors visited Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia: Berlin

Feb 24, 2015

German doctors visited Ukraine pilot jailed in Russia: Berlin

German doctors this month visited Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian jail for over two months, Berlin said Monday. The German foreign ministry called for her release, voicing “serious concern” about her health. Two German physicians ...

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Feb 23, 2015

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Ukraine’s military said Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous cease-fire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions. A truce to end fighting that has killed ...

Defeat narrows options for Ukraine's Poroshenko

Feb 22, 2015

Defeat narrows options for Ukraine's Poroshenko

by Richard Balmforth

The loss of the key town of Debaltseve to Russian-backed separatists, the latest in a string of big battlefield defeats for Ukraine, narrows the options for President Petro Poroshenko in his dealings both with Moscow and with the West. No sooner did the strategic ...

Kiev marks year since war started

Feb 21, 2015

Kiev marks year since war started

One year ago, Ihor Zastavnyi was shot three times and lost a leg while taking part in demonstrations that he hoped would lead to a better Ukraine. Today he faces a country racked by war, struggling with corruption and pleading to the world for ...