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 ...

Ukraine says detained Russian soldiers were on 'special mission'

Aug 26, 2014

Ukraine says detained Russian soldiers were on 'special mission'

Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a “special mission” — but Moscow said they had ended up there by mistake. The Ukrainian military meanwhile reported pro-Russian separatist forces were shelling ...

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

Aug 26, 2014

Weapons convoys seen rolling in eastern Ukraine

For several evenings this month, convoys of military weaponry passed with clockworklike regularity through Krasnodon, a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine near the porous border with Russia. The convoys were seen three times last week by Associated Press reporters, and one of them carried ...

Aug 26, 2014

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. In a statement on his website, President Petro Poroshenko said snap elections would be held Oct. 26. Poroshenko ...

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

Aug 25, 2014

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Sunday’s rival demonstrations ...

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

Aug 25, 2014

Rebels parade captured Ukrainian soldiers in east

To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and tomatoes. The spectacle of the bruised and filthy soldiers ...

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 ...

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

Aug 24, 2014

Russian aid trucks leave; highlight dire needs

Hundreds of Russian aid trucks returned home from rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday, highlighting a dire need for long-term assistance to the region where homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by months of fighting. Ahead of a much-anticipated meeting on Tuesday between the presidents ...

Aug 23, 2014

Russian aid trucks begin to leave Ukraine

Hundreds of trucks from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Saturday rolled back across the border and into a Russian border town called Donetsk, which bears the same name as the largest rebel-held city in Ukraine. An Associated Press ...

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

The United States on Friday demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it has sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops ...

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

Aug 23, 2014

MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes ...