Poroshenko plans $3 billion boost for Ukraine's defense spending by 2017

Aug 24, 2014

Poroshenko plans $3 billion boost for Ukraine's defense spending by 2017

President Petro Poroshenko announced plans Sunday to boost his country’s defense spending by an estimated 50 percent as government forces seek to overpower pro-Russian separatists in the east. During a speech marking Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Poroshenko made his pledge ...

May 2, 2014

Can Russia fix its mess in Ukraine?

by Leonid Bershidsky

Russian President Vladimir Putin can neither resolve the crisis in east Ukraine nor admit his powerlessness to end what he started. Kiev needs to find a way to negotiate with the local elite and law enforcers, providing convincing guarantees of safety.

Ukraine mayor shot as U.S. announces new sanctions

Apr 29, 2014

Ukraine mayor shot as U.S. announces new sanctions

The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back Monday and hundreds of men attacked a peaceful pro-Ukraine rally with batons, bricks and stun grenades, wounding dozens as tensions soared in Ukraine’s volatile east. One presidential candidate said the mayor was deliberately ...

Apr 26, 2014

Ukraine says separatists seize bus carrying OSCE observers

Armed separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk seized a bus carrying international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said. The separatist leader in Slaviansk told reporters a problem has arisen when the observers ...

Ukraine: 25 killed, 241 injured in Kiev clashes

Feb 19, 2014

Ukraine: 25 killed, 241 injured in Kiev clashes

Thick, dark smoke rose above the center of the Ukrainian capital amid the boom of police stun grenades Wednesday, as officers in riot gear sought to push demonstrators away from the city’s main square following deadly clashes between police and protesters that left at ...

Ukraine's capital girds for massive rally against Yanukovych

Jan 26, 2014

Ukraine's capital girds for massive rally against Yanukovych

After a violent night when protesters besieged a building where police were sheltering, Ukraine’s capital is preparing for a large demonstration that will test the opposition’s determination and authorities’ patience. Throughout Ukraine’s two-month-long political crisis, Sunday rallies have typically attracted crowds of tens of ...

Kiev protesters face off with police as president orders talks

Jan 20, 2014

Kiev protesters face off with police as president orders talks

Opposition protesters were Monday locked in a tense standoff with Ukrainian police in Kiev after bloody clashes that wounded over 200 people, as President Viktor Yanukovych called emergency talks to resolve the crisis. The clashes, the worst in Kiev in recent times, came amid ...