Dec 16, 2014

Despite robust truce, Russia plots pain for Ukrainian economy

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed Op-Ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ...

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

Dec 10, 2014

Spate of bombings hits Ukraine military hub

The city of Kharkiv in Ukraine’s industrial east has stayed out of rebel hands but a mysterious spate of bombings has triggered fears that Russia is trying to destabilize this key defense hub. Barely a week goes by without another bombing reported against Ukrainian ...

Russia says it will lose $40 billion a year due to sanctions

Nov 24, 2014

Russia says it will lose $40 billion a year due to sanctions

Russia is set to lose around $40 billion per year due to Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Monday. “We are losing around $40 billion per year due to geopolitical sanctions and we are losing some $90 billion to ...

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Nov 22, 2014

Ukraine's Facebook revolution, a year later

Ukraine’s revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasingly unpopular government, activist reporter Mustafa Nayyem called for a rally on the country’s most famous square, Maidan Nezalezhnosti — Independence Square. “As soon as there are more ...

Nov 17, 2014

Despite fears, little chance of Cold War return

Secret “Russian subs” off Sweden, tit-for-tat sanctions, NATO fighters scrambling to intercept Russian warplanes: relations between the West and Moscow over Ukraine have sparked incidents reminiscent of the Cold War that terrified the world for decades. Even Cold War doyen Mikhail Gorbachev used the ...

Nov 16, 2014

Ukraine cuts off rebel east as fighting rumbles on

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko issued a decree Saturday ordering the withdrawal of all state services from rebel-held eastern regions, a further acknowledgement that the Kremlin-backed areas are effectively breaking away. The latest move toward splintering the war-torn ex-Soviet country came after fresh clashes between ...

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Nov 15, 2014

Russian troops hold drills in Serbia

Camouflage-clad Russian soldiers parachuted from the sky, armored vehicles fired live rounds on an open field after being dropped from military transport jets, and helicopters fired missiles against enemy positions. Although the flat terrain resembled the Ukrainian war zones, this was not an armed ...

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

Nov 10, 2014

Fears grow of return to all-out fighting in Ukraine

New unidentified columns loaded with heavy weapons rumbled toward the pro-Moscow rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine on Monday as fears grew of a return to all-out fighting in the war-torn region. The Netherlands meanwhile was set to hold an emotional ceremony Monday for the ...