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 ...

Jan 24, 2015

Dutch to collect more remains from MH17 crash site in Ukraine

A Dutch team is to return to the MH17 crash site in war-torn Ukraine to collect more remains of the 298 people killed when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing was downed in July, officials said Friday. “A small team including defense ministry employees will return ...

Jan 23, 2015

Ukraine cedes Donetsk airport on one of bloodiest days of war

Ukrainian forces on Thursday ceded a long-disputed airport to Russian-backed rebels as an upsurge in clashes killed nearly 50 people and punctured Europe’s latest push for peace in the nine-month war. The deadliest day of fighting since the signing of an increasingly irrelevant September ...

Rebels parade Ukrainian POWs through shelled city of Donetsk

Jan 23, 2015

Rebels parade Ukrainian POWs through shelled city of Donetsk

Captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the rebel-held city of Donetsk on Thursday and forced to kneel before angry locals who spat and pelted them with snowballs and shards of glass. Adding insult to injury for the troops forced to abandon Donetsk airport after ...

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 ...

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

Jan 21, 2015

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where heroin users have lost access to therapy to wean them off the drug, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday. Out of 805 people in Crimea who before the annexation were ...

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Jan 21, 2015

Russian forces attacking Ukraine troops in separatist east, Kiev says

Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian forces of attacking its soldiers after crossing over into the ex-Soviet state’s war-wrecked separatist east in violation of a September truce deal. The charges — met with initial silence by Moscow — should add further tensions to difficult talks ...

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 ...

Jan 20, 2015

On Ukraine's frontline, volunteer medics do what they can

From doctors to students and businessmen, volunteers are risking their lives to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from the frontline. Some of them are based in the village of Vodiane, near Donetsk airport, where heavy fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces has flared again ...