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 16, 2015

Russia moves to shut 'undesirable' foreign organizations

The Russian parliament gave preliminary approval Friday to legislation that would allow prosecutors to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” and shut them down. The step appeared to be part of a campaign to stifle civil society and dissent that intensified when President Vladimir ...

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

May 16, 2015

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

A hulking steel statue of a victorious female warrior bearing aloft sword and shield looms in dour majesty over the Ukrainian capital. The Motherland Monument’s shield bears the communist hammer-and-sickle, but maybe not for much longer. Ukraine’s leaders are eager to be seen as ...