New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Jan 22, 2015

New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine deployed large quantities of arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative. Ukraine’s president cut short a visit to Switzerland to deal with the unfolding crisis. Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign ...

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Jan 20, 2015

Clashes threaten Donetsk civilians

Deadly clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels threatened civilians in central Donetsk on Monday, with shelling hitting a hospital and warnings of insurgents launching attacks from residential areas. Ukraine also made fresh accusations of Moscow backing the separatists, alleging that hundreds of Russian ...

Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Jan 18, 2015

Battle for key eastern Ukrainian airport intensifies

Clashes between Ukraine’s army and pro-Russian rebels for control of Donetsk’s airport intensified Saturday, with explosions and heavy gunfire shaking the area throughout much of the day and at least six more people killed. Kiev rushed reinforcements to the snowy eastern front lines, while ...

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Jan 14, 2015

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday. A trip to Poland “is not on the Russian president’s agenda,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP, without ...

Defiant Putin on a winning streak

Jan 13, 2015

Defiant Putin on a winning streak

by Richard Weitz

Russian President Vladimir Putin has struck banking and nuclear deals with Iran and scored diplomatic successes with North Korea and Pakistan, all but negating the Western strategy of of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to change its behavior.