Apr 30, 2015

U.S. now sees Russia directing Ukraine's rebels

The United States now sees the Ukrainian rebels as a Russian force. American officials briefed on intelligence from the region say Russia has significantly deepened its command and control of the militants in eastern Ukraine in recent months, leading the U.S. to quietly introduce ...

Apr 29, 2015

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said. “The fire is at a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers from Chernobyl,” ...

Apr 29, 2015

Putin says Russia over worst of economic downturn

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country’s economy has weathered the worst of its downturn even though it appears headed for a deep recession. In comments reported Tuesday by state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin said the economy had stabilized after a dramatic drop ...

Apr 26, 2015

Germany says will deny entry to some Russian Night Wolves bikers

Germany will block some members of an ultra-nationalist Russian motorcycle club from entering the country, government sources said Saturday, a day after Poland also announced an entry ban for the group which is blacklisted by the United States. Some 50 members of the Night ...

Apr 23, 2015

Russia bolstering rebel forces, heavy arms, air defenses in Ukraine: U.S.

The United States accused Russia Wednesday of building up its forces along the border with Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training Ukrainian rebels in the east. “Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the ‘Minsk 2′ agreement signed ...

Apr 22, 2015

Major NATO cybersecurity drill to be held in Estonia

About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO’s efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. Teams from 16 nations will take part in the Locked Shields 2015 exercise at ...

Ukrainian forces get U.S. paratrooper training to fight pro-Russia rebels

Apr 21, 2015

Ukrainian forces get U.S. paratrooper training to fight pro-Russia rebels

U.S. paratroopers Monday began training Ukrainian government forces who will fight pro-Russian separatists in the east, angering Moscow as the deadly conflict rumbles on in the ex-Soviet country. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko welcomed troops from the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade in a rain-soaked ceremony ...