Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

May 25, 2014

Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

by Tanya Willmer

He has chocolate factories galore, is a self-made billionaire and has been both Cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary. Now Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko is the favorite to become president in a make-or-break election, pledging to find a diplomatic way out of the country’s crisis ...

Ukraine begins peace talks  without separatists

May 15, 2014

Ukraine begins peace talks without separatists

European-backed peace talks on ending Ukraine’s crisis began with little promise Wednesday when pro-Russian insurgents — who weren’t even invited to the session — demanded that the Kiev government recognize their sovereignty. The “road map” put forth by the Organization for Security and Cooperation ...

Ukrainian security forces riven by mistrust

May 13, 2014

Ukrainian security forces riven by mistrust

The two men crouched in the shade of a tree. The ballot papers they were accused of forging lay on the front of their Russian-made Moskvich car, stopped and searched by Ukrainian soldiers on the outskirts of the port city of Mariupol, in the ...

Russia backs east Ukraine separatist votes

May 12, 2014

Russia backs east Ukraine separatist votes

Russia raised the stakes in the Ukraine crisis on Monday by saying it respected what rebels claimed was a resounding vote in favour of self-rule in the east of the country. But the Kremlin also called for dialogue between authorities in Kiev and rebel ...

East Ukraine set for independence poll

May 10, 2014

East Ukraine set for independence poll

Election preparations were underway in east Ukraine on Saturday on the eve of an independence vote called by pro-Russian separatists as government forces pushed ahead with a military offensive against the rebels. The voting was to come after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea ...