Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

Jan 27, 2015

Rocket attack in Ukraine 'targeted civilians': U.N.

The U.N. said Monday that a rocket attack that killed 30 people in a city in eastern Ukraine deliberately targeted civilians, as Russian President Vladimir Putin spurned Western calls to rein in a pro-Moscow insurgency. A senior U.N. official told an emergency Security Council ...

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Jan 25, 2015

Pro-Russian rebels attack key Ukrainian port; at least 30 reported dead

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union’s foreign policy chief to warn of a further “grave deterioration” in EU-Russian relations. Mariupol’s city administration said the rebels had killed at least 30 ...

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Jan 24, 2015

Ukrainian rebels launch offensive

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensive against Ukrainian troops, upending recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting. The main separatist leader in the rebellious Donetsk region vowed to push ...

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 ...

Ukraine rebels booted from key airport

Jan 19, 2015

Ukraine rebels booted from key airport

Ukraine rushed tanks to the front lines and claimed Sunday to have cleared pro-Russian rebels from most of Donetsk Airport after days of intense fighting, with heavy shelling shaking the key eastern city. As fighting wracked the country’s war-torn east, thousands of people held ...

Diplomats meet in Berlin to try and save Ukraine peace summit

Jan 13, 2015

Diplomats meet in Berlin to try and save Ukraine peace summit

Foreign ministers from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia were meeting Monday in Berlin to try and resolve tensions threatening to scupper a planned summit on ending the Ukrainian conflict. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko hopes that a presidential summit of the four countries can take ...

Jan 12, 2015

Intense Ukraine shelling traps hundreds of miners

Intense fighting erupted around east Ukraine’s main rebel-held city on Sunday wrecked a power station and briefly trapped more than 300 coal miners in one of Europe’s largest mines. Repeated rounds of rocket and mortar fire echoed across snow-covered Donetsk on Sunday evening despite ...

Thousands of Ukraine nationalists march in Kiev

Jan 2, 2015

Thousands of Ukraine nationalists march in Kiev

Thousands of Ukrainian nationalists held a torchlight procession across Kiev on Thursday in honor of a World War II anti-Soviet insurgent dismissed by Moscow as a Nazi collaborator. The march on what would have been Stepan Bandera’s 106th birthday moved along the same streets ...

Dec 29, 2014

Ukraine adopts 'draconian' budget backed by IMF

Ukraine’s parliament on Monday adopted an austerity budget that hikes import prices and shrinks social spending to balance the books under a plan backed by the International Monetary Fund. The highly disputed 2015 plan was pushed through by the government-led coalition after a marathon ...