Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Aug 31, 2015

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

Ukraine’s parliament on Monday voted for constitutional changes to give its eastern regions a special status that it hopes will blunt their separatist drive, but divisions among pro-Western lawmakers suggested the road to making them law will be rough. At a rowdy session, 265 ...

Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

/ May 25, 2014

Ukraine's candy king in bid for presidency

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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 ...

Insurgents in east Ukraine declare independence, eye joining Russia

/ May 13, 2014

Insurgents in east Ukraine declare independence, eye joining Russia

Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlin’s hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of ...

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 referendum raises fears of dismemberment

/ May 11, 2014

East Ukraine referendum raises fears of dismemberment

Rebels pressed ahead with a referendum on self-rule in east Ukraine on Sunday and fighting flared anew in a conflict that has raised fears of civil war and pitched Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. Clashes broke out ...

Yatsenyuk gains stature with honest image

/ May 11, 2014

Yatsenyuk gains stature with honest image

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When new Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk invited anti-corruption activists to his apartment in Kiev last month, the first thing he showed off was his toilet. “See for yourself,” he joked. “It’s not gold.” It was a jab at ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who ...

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 ...