Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

Aug 31, 2014

Russia takes page from Soviet era in missing troop saga

The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. “He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was ...

Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Aug 30, 2014

Moscow categorizes soldiers' mothers group as a 'foreign agent'

Russia on Friday officially labeled a regional rights group that monitors abuses in the armed forces a “foreign agent” as Kiev and the West claimed Russian troops are involved in fighting in Ukraine. The Russian Justice Ministry added a group called Soldiers’ Mothers of ...

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Aug 30, 2014

Kiev seeks to join NATO; Putin calls Ukraine Nazis

Ukraine called on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet for Western military help, after accusing Russia of sending in armored columns that have driven back its forces on behalf of pro-Moscow rebels. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared ...

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Aug 27, 2014

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent cease-fire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic. The first talks between the two leaders since June were described by ...

Aug 26, 2014

Ukrainian president dissolves parliament

Ukraine’s president on Monday dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. In a statement on his website, President Petro Poroshenko said snap elections would be held Oct. 26. Poroshenko ...

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

Aug 25, 2014

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Sunday’s rival demonstrations ...

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

The United States on Friday demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it has sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops ...