Fierce clashes break out in Kiev

Aug 31, 2015

Fierce clashes break out in Kiev

At least 90 people, mainly police, were wounded in fierce clashes outside the Ukrainian parliament Monday as lawmakers gave initial backing to deeply controversial reforms granting more autonomy to pro-Russian separatists. A loud blast was heard outside the building in Kiev and vast clouds ...

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

Apr 12, 2015

Chechen commander in Ukraine drawn into Russian intrigue

From a dimly lit room at his base in eastern Ukraine, the commander of a battalion of Chechens fighting Russia-backed rebels looked shaken as TV broadcast news of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov’s slaying. Adam Osmayev hailed Nemtsov as a “true hero” both for ...

Apr 6, 2015

Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. Russia-backed separatists, however, dismissed Poroshenko’s gesture as meaningless. The ...

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

| Apr 5, 2015

A year on, Putin's Ukraine gamble largely pays off

A year since the start of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin may not have emerged the winner in his showdown with the West but he has not lost either. By supporting Ukrainian separatists, analysts say, he took a huge risk, but it ...

Ukrainians leave, citing rebel area mismanagement

Mar 16, 2015

Ukrainians leave, citing rebel area mismanagement

Looking out over the several hundred cars lined up to cross into Russia from rebel-held eastern Ukraine, Vladimir curses the separatist authorities who he says are forcing people to venture out of the rebel stronghold in search of basic needs. In contrast to the ...