Apr 17, 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan's sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions. Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine in March ...

Putin mulled putting nuclear forces 'on alert' over Crimea

Mar 16, 2015

Putin mulled putting nuclear forces 'on alert' over Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put the country’s nuclear forces on alert as he sought to annex Crimea last year after the fall of a Moscow-backed government in Kiev. In a nearly three-hour documentary aired on state TV in Russia ...

Hatoyama visits Crimea, met by pro-Russian official

Mar 10, 2015

Hatoyama visits Crimea, met by pro-Russian official

Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama arrived Tuesday in Crimea despite stiff opposition from Tokyo to a trip that could be seen as legitimizing Moscow’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula. The government had urged Hatoyama not to visit the region, which was annexed by ...

Mar 10, 2015

3,000 U.S. troops head to Eastern Europe for exercises

About 3,000 U.S. soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division will deploy to Eastern Europe beginning next week, to conduct training exercises with forces from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Pentagon said Monday. The deployment is part of an ongoing U.S. military troop rotation aimed ...

U.S. intel chief sees spring attack on Ukraine port Mariupol

Feb 27, 2015

U.S. intel chief sees spring attack on Ukraine port Mariupol

Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine will likely wait until the spring to attack the port of Mariupol, U.S. intelligence chief James Clapper predicted Thursday, adding such a move did not seem imminent. Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aim was to establish a land ...

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 ...

Blast during march marking Yanukovych's ouster in Ukraine kills two

Feb 22, 2015

Blast during march marking Yanukovych's ouster in Ukraine kills two

Two people were killed and about eight others injured in a bomb explosion at a march Sunday in Ukraine’s second-largest city that was commemorating the first anniversary of the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych, the country’s Interior ministry said. The Interior Ministry said the ...