Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

Jun 23, 2016

Back in the USSR? Ukraine rebels aim to 'bring up patriots'

In camouflage uniforms and red caps, a group of young people gather in the Ukrainian rebels’ de facto capital of Donetsk to sing patriotic songs and discuss the conflict. They are members of Patriot, a youth club set up by separatist authorities in the ...

Feb 16, 2016

Ukrainian military reports highest daily death toll since November

Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and seven wounded in fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian military said Tuesday, reporting the highest daily casualty toll since mid-November. A year-old cease-fire deal has failed to stop violence in Ukraine’s separatist ...

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban Doctors Without Borders, U.N. agencies

Oct 24, 2015

Ukraine's Donetsk rebels ban Doctors Without Borders, U.N. agencies

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s eastern separatist Donetsk region said Friday they had banned Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and U.N. agencies, a move the medical charity described as worrying. MSF provides crucial medical care for patients in the area, especially those suffering from diabetes and ...

Ukraine accuses ultranationalists in deadly Kiev clash

Sep 1, 2015

Ukraine accuses ultranationalists in deadly Kiev clash

A member of Ukraine’s National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country’s breakaway regions. Major powers voiced deep ...

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 ...