Jul 31, 2014

Sanctions seen damaging Russia if not lifted quickly

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and European Union released details Wednesday of new ...

Ukraine army retakes town on edge of rebel bastion Donetsk

Jul 30, 2014

Ukraine army retakes town on edge of rebel bastion Donetsk

Ukraine’s army said Wednesday that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia. Government forces said in a statement that they had seized control of Avdiyivka, a ...

Jul 30, 2014

U.S., Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet over Ukraine

The United States and Europe targeted Russia’s key financial, arms and energy sectors Tuesday with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Announcing the measures, U.S. President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War ...

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

Jul 28, 2014

Embargo wouldn't hurt Russia: study

An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely autonomous in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the ...

Jul 28, 2014

Russia fired rockets into Ukraine: U.S.

The U.S. stepped up pressure on Moscow on Sunday by releasing satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for pro-Russian separatists has crossed the border. The images, which came from the ...

Jul 27, 2014

More time for a deal with Iran

The biggest question about the four-month extension of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program is what impact Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior, Israeli-Palestinian hostilities and the U.S. elections will have on them.

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

Jul 27, 2014

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

by Julie Pace

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration’s case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were ...

Jul 26, 2014

EU sanctions Russia intel chiefs

The European Union on Friday extended its Ukraine-related sanctions to target top Russian intelligence officials and leaders of the pro-Moscow revolt in eastern Ukraine, official documents showed. Among the 15 new people subjected to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban for allegedly undermining ...