U.S. denounces 'bogus' referendum plan for Ukraine's east

/ May 7, 2014

U.S. denounces 'bogus' referendum plan for Ukraine's east

The United States on Tuesday denounced moves by pro-Russian separatist groups in eastern Ukraine to organize what it called a "bogus" referendum, saying it was a new bid by Moscow to annex more territory. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the efforts to hold ...

Ukraine wages costly assault on rebels as diplomacy steps up

May 6, 2014

Ukraine wages costly assault on rebels as diplomacy steps up

Diplomatic efforts to contain the crisis tearing Ukraine apart intensified Tuesday as government forces stepped up an offensive around a town held by pro-Russian rebels, suffering heavy casualties and the loss of a helicopter gunship. Thirty foreign ministers — including from Russia and Ukraine — ...

Ukraine moves special forces into wayward Odessa

/ May 5, 2014

Ukraine moves special forces into wayward Odessa

Ukraine's Interior Minister said Monday that he had drafted a new special forces unit into the southern port city of Odessa after the "outrageous" failure of the police to counter pro-Russian separatists during a weekend of violence that killed dozens. Fighting continued near the eastern ...

Fierce battles in Ukraine; OSCE team freed

/ May 4, 2014

Fierce battles in Ukraine; OSCE team freed

Ukrainian soldiers and pro-Russian rebels fought fierce battles around a flash-point town, with only a small reprieve to allow passage of a freed team of OSCE inspectors. More than 50 people have died in two days of clashes nationwide — most of them in a ...

Ukrainian unrest spreads; dozens dead in Odessa

/ May 3, 2014

Ukrainian unrest spreads; dozens dead in Odessa

Ukraine launched an offensive against separatist forces for control of a besieged eastern city Friday, while clashes between pro- and anti-government activists in the previously calm southern port of Odessa led to a fire that police said killed 31 people. The first serious offensive by ...

Putin, Kerry trade jabs over Ukraine crisis

/ Apr 30, 2014

Putin, Kerry trade jabs over Ukraine crisis

Russia and the United States stepped up their rhetoric over the spiraling crisis in Ukraine, as pro-Moscow militants shored up control of key buildings in the country's increasingly chaotic east Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin threatened that U.S. sanctions against Moscow could harm Western energy interests ...

Wounded mayor of Ukraine city flown to Israel for treatment

/ Apr 29, 2014

Wounded mayor of Ukraine city flown to Israel for treatment

The mayor of the east Ukraine city of Kharkiv, who was wounded critically after being shot in the back by an unknown assailant, has been flown to Israel for treatment, local officials and the Israeli hospital treating him said Tuesday. Yury Sydorenko, director of information ...