Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Aug 30, 2014

Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Russia on Friday officially labeled a regional rights group that monitors abuses in the armed forces a “foreign agent” as Kiev and the West claimed Russian troops are involved in fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Justice Ministry added a group called Soldiers’ Mothers of ...

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 30, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

Aug 28, 2014

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

The battle for Ukraine’s strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling. Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Sea of Azov, lies in ...

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Aug 27, 2014

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent cease-fire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic. The first talks between the two leaders since June were described by ...