To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

May 21, 2015

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

by Adrian Croft

Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults — all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training ...

May 21, 2015

Poroshenko: Ukraine's war is with Russians and it could intensify quickly

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sparked fresh Kremlin fury on Wednesday by warning that his crisis-torn country was fighting a “real war” against Russian aggressors that could escalate at any time. The pro-Western leader said the weekend capture of two purported Russian special forces members ...

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

May 20, 2015

EU, ex-Soviet states set to meet in Putin's shadow

European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states are set to hold a summit Thursday focused on the bloc’s Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The No. 1 question at the two-day ...

May 20, 2015

Moscow demands access to two Russian 'citizen' prisoners in Ukraine

Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded the right to visit two citizens detained last week in eastern Ukraine who Kiev says are Russian soldiers guilty of carrying out “terrorist acts” on its territory. Kiev said on Monday the two men had killed Ukrainian troops ...

May 20, 2015

Four Ukraine soldiers killed as fighting erupts in east

Fighting erupted between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday and four Ukrainian servicemen have been killed, the regional administration chief said. Gennady Moskal, governor of Luhansk region on the border with Russia, said on his website that separatists opened ...

May 18, 2015

Russian officers captured near rebel area in east Ukraine, Kiev says

The Ukrainian government on Sunday claimed to have captured two Russian officers who were operating in the rebel-controlled area. Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Sunday the two Russian officers have been taken prisoner by the volunteer Aidar battalion in the town of ...

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

May 16, 2015

Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past

A hulking steel statue of a victorious female warrior bearing aloft sword and shield looms in dour majesty over the Ukrainian capital. The Motherland Monument’s shield bears the communist hammer-and-sickle, but maybe not for much longer. Ukraine’s leaders are eager to be seen as ...

May 14, 2015

NATO worried by 'wide-ranging' Russia Crimea buildup

NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a “wide-ranging” military buildup by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula. A statement issued during two days of talks by the military alliance’s top ...