U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. accuses Russia of training separatists inside Ukraine

Russian forces still are operating inside Ukraine and have set up training camps for pro-Moscow separatists, despite a cease-fire agreement backed by the Kremlin, the Pentagon said Tuesday. “There is no question that the Russians continue to operate inside of Ukrainian territory,” spokesman Col. ...

Fighting rages near Donetsk airport despite Ukraine cease-fire

Mar 17, 2015

Fighting rages near Donetsk airport despite Ukraine cease-fire

Heavy machine gun and light artillery fire pounded a district of Donetsk, the biggest city of eastern Ukraine, on Monday and pro-Russian rebels said there had been no lull in the fighting since a February cease-fire. The Spartak district, adjacent to the city’s now-flattened ...

Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Mar 2, 2015

Syria rebels reject envoy plan to freeze Aleppo fighting

Military and political opposition forces in Aleppo on Sunday rejected U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura’s proposal for a freeze in fighting in the divided northern Syrian city. “We refuse to meet with Mr. Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of ...

Ukraine, rebels say they are pulling back heavy weapons in the east

Feb 27, 2015

Ukraine, rebels say they are pulling back heavy weapons in the east

In a long-awaited development, Ukrainian forces and separatist fighters both announced Thursday they are pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the event of an attack ...

Feb 26, 2015

U.S mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia’s military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders told Congress Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told ...

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

Feb 26, 2015

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

A U.N.-backed cease-fire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the U.S. accused Russia of “lies” and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev’s forces. Russia in turn has warned it could within days cut ...

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

Feb 25, 2015

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels’ claim that a real pullback had begun. A peace plan worked out in marathon talks on Feb. 12 aims to create ...

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Feb 24, 2015

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Britain on Monday criticized Russia for failing to enforce the terms of a tattered truce in eastern Ukraine in the face of ongoing attacks by pro-Russian separatists. “I have to say from the experience of the last 10 to 12 days, the Russian engagement ...

Mariupol: Ukraine port city that could open Russia's way to Crimea

Feb 24, 2015

Mariupol: Ukraine port city that could open Russia's way to Crimea

A strategic port of some 500,000 residents before the Ukraine crisis, Mariupol is the largest remaining government-held city in east Ukraine’s conflict zone and seen as a likely target for any new pro-Russian rebel offensive. Fighting has rumbled on around the city since it ...

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

Feb 23, 2015

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

The West sounded more forceful warnings over Ukraine’s battered truce Sunday as fighting raged around the port city of Mariupol and the warring sides wrangled over withdrawing heavy weapons. The volatility was underlined by a bomb blast in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv ...