Ukraine, rebels say they are pulling back heavy weapons in the east

Feb 27, 2015

Ukraine, rebels say they are pulling back heavy weapons in the east

In a long-awaited development, Ukrainian forces and separatist fighters both announced Thursday they are pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said it reserved the right to revise its withdrawal plans in the event of an attack ...

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 ...

Feb 26, 2015

U.S mulling lethal aid to Ukraine; Russian response a concern

The Obama administration is still struggling with whether to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine amid concerns that such a move might only escalate Russia’s military campaign there, U.S. defense leaders told Congress Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander, told ...

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

Feb 26, 2015

Cease-fire takes hold in Ukraine; U.S. angry at Russia's 'lies'

A U.N.-backed cease-fire showed signs of taking hold in Ukraine on Wednesday, but tensions remained high after the U.S. accused Russia of “lies” and Britain ordered a small troop deployment to train Kiev’s forces. Russia in turn has warned it could within days cut ...

Feb 25, 2015

Both sides in Ukraine conflict have used cluster bombs: report

Illegal weapons such as cluster bombs have been used in the Ukraine conflict, Amnesty International said while also criticizing both sides in the fighting for the high number of civilian deaths. “Taking into account everything we understand for now, we think that they (cluster ...

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

Feb 25, 2015

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels’ claim that a real pullback had begun. A peace plan worked out in marathon talks on Feb. 12 aims to create ...

Worried  about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

Feb 25, 2015

Worried about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the Baltic region, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday. “Today’s geopolitical environment requires us to strengthen the army, and do it as fast as possible,” ...

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Feb 24, 2015

Russia 'cynical' on Ukraine cease-fire: Britain

Britain on Monday criticized Russia for failing to enforce the terms of a tattered truce in eastern Ukraine in the face of ongoing attacks by pro-Russian separatists. “I have to say from the experience of the last 10 to 12 days, the Russian engagement ...

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 ...

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Feb 23, 2015

Kiev says it can't withdraw heavy weapons as attacks persist

Ukraine’s military said Monday it could not start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east as required under a tenuous cease-fire because pro-Russian separatists who advanced last week were still attacking its positions. A truce to end fighting that has killed ...

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

Feb 23, 2015

West raises warnings over Ukraine truce as new flashpoint ignites

The West sounded more forceful warnings over Ukraine’s battered truce Sunday as fighting raged around the port city of Mariupol and the warring sides wrangled over withdrawing heavy weapons. The volatility was underlined by a bomb blast in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv ...