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, ...

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 ...

Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject cease-fire

World Feb 17, 2015

Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject cease-fire

Pro-Russian rebels pounded encircled Ukrainian government forces on Monday and Kiev said it would not pull back heavy guns while a truce was being violated, leaving a European-brokered peace deal on the verge of collapse. The European Union kept pressure on Russia and the rebels ...

Editorials Feb 16, 2015

Minsk II: a pause, not peace

The second Minsk accord in six months, which was 16 hours in the making, may freeze the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia rebels, but it appears to lock in Russia's ability to meddle in Ukrainian affairs.

Obama says has not made a decision on lethal weapons for Ukraine

World Feb 10, 2015

Obama says has not made a decision on lethal weapons for Ukraine

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration is looking at all options in handling the crisis in Ukraine, but he has not yet decided whether the United States will provide lethal arms to Kiev. "The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of ...

World Aug 4, 2014

Ukrainian army steps up attacks on rebel-held Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists battled Sunday to keep advancing Ukrainian government forces at bay in heavy fighting on the outskirts of Donetsk, the rebels' main stronghold in eastern Ukraine. Shelling by Ukrainian troops, some of them in sunflower fields outside the large industrial city, killed six people ...

Editorials Jul 22, 2014

Indelible blot on history

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has gone from accident to catastrophe to horror. And, by most accounts so far, it has exposed the quickening of the civil conflict in eastern Ukraine as a geostrategic blunder by Russian President Vladimir Putin.