Fighting rages near Donetsk airport despite Ukraine cease-fire

World Mar 17, 2015

Fighting rages near Donetsk airport despite Ukraine cease-fire

Heavy machine gun and light artillery fire pounded a district of Donetsk, the biggest city of eastern Ukraine, on Monday and pro-Russian rebels said there had been no lull in the fighting since a February cease-fire. The Spartak district, adjacent to the city's now-flattened airport, ...

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

World Feb 25, 2015

Ukraine disputes rebel claim of starting weapons pullback

Russian-backed separatists moved some heavy weapons well back from the front line Tuesday in eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government disputed the rebels' claim that a real pullback had begun. A peace plan worked out in marathon talks on Feb. 12 aims to create a ...

Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive stillborn truce

World Feb 20, 2015

Fighting rages in east Ukraine despite bid to revive stillborn truce

Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn cease-fire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town. Western nations are refusing to give up on a peace deal ...

Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels

World Feb 2, 2015

Ukraine: 13 troops killed in fight with Russia-backed rebels

Russian-backed separatists kept up their assault Sunday on a railway hub in eastern Ukraine, the fiercest battle in fighting that the government said has killed 13 of its troops and wounded 20 others over the last day. The separatists attacked several villages around the town ...

School shelling deaths in Donetsk hurt Ukraine peace hopes

World Nov 7, 2014

School shelling deaths in Donetsk hurt Ukraine peace hopes

The shelling of a high school in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk has chilled even the battle-hardened in this weary nation. The killing of two teenagers as they were playing soccer after lunch Wednesday is a stark reminder that the cease-fire agreed upon in September ...

Ukraine says detained Russian soldiers were on 'special mission'

World Aug 26, 2014

Ukraine says detained Russian soldiers were on 'special mission'

Ukraine said on Tuesday its forces had captured a group of Russian paratroopers who had crossed into Ukrainian territory on a "special mission" — but Moscow said they had ended up there by mistake. The Ukrainian military meanwhile reported pro-Russian separatist forces were shelling the ...