Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine leader to seek U.S. security pledge when he visits Obama

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko will cast Russia as a global menace Thursday when he meets U.S. President Barack Obama in the hope of winning a “special status” guaranteeing his troubled nation’s security. The pro-Western president’s first tour of the White House since his May ...

Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament

Sep 18, 2014

Ukraine's president addresses Canadian Parliament

Ukraine’s president says his country has “crossed the Rubicon” to a new Westward-looking future that leaves behind the darkness of its Russian past. President Petro Poroshenko made the remarks during an address to the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed ...

Sep 17, 2014

Ukrainian people make history with EU pact, U.S. says

The United States on Tuesday welcomed Ukraine’s ratification of a landmark EU pact and new laws granting self-rule to the east, urging Moscow to implement a cease-fire deal in return. “We congratulate the people of Ukraine on making history today,” State Department deputy spokeswoman ...

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Sep 16, 2014

Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

Ukraine’s parliament on Tuesday ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal. The ratification vote draws a line under the issue that last ...

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

Sep 16, 2014

Fearing Russian ire, Israel reneges on arms deal with Ukraine: report

A proposed sale of Israeli weapons — including drones — to Ukraine has been blocked for fear of antagonizing Russia, Channel Two television reported Monday. The broadcaster said a Ukrainian delegation had visited Israel with a view to acquiring military hardware, including drones to ...

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

Sep 15, 2014

Ukraine truce under threat as heavy fighting erupts

Heavy fighting erupted around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, piling further pressure on a precarious nine-day-old truce between the government and separatist fighters. Large clouds of thick black smoke billowed over the industrial city as the boom of sustained ...

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

Sep 13, 2014

U.S., EU hit Russia with fresh round of sanctions

The United States and the European Union hit Russia with tough new sanctions Friday in a coordinated riposte to Moscow’s “unacceptable behavior” in Ukraine despite a fragile truce. Moscow responded by accusing its foes of seeking to derail the peace push aimed at halting ...

Ukraine, rebels exchange prisoners in peace deal

Sep 12, 2014

Ukraine, rebels exchange prisoners in peace deal

Government and rebel forces early Friday exchanged dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine, as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed earlier this month. The transfer took place in the dark outside the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk under the watch of international ...

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

Sep 12, 2014

U.S. foreign policy train wreck

by William Pfaff

If the cease-fire and negotiation terms Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has signed with the country's pro-Russian insurgents in the southeast of his country and their friends in Moscow hold, U.S. President Barack Obama should thank him for an invaluable gift of peace to Americans ...

Sep 12, 2014

Obama unveils new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States would intensify sanctions in the defense, finance and energy sectors to punish Russia over its “illegal actions” in Ukraine. The move was coordinated with the European Union, which earlier also agreed to slap a new ...