Former Georgian leader Saakashvili's train halted near Ukraine border

World / Politics Sep 10, 2017

Former Georgian leader Saakashvili's train halted near Ukraine border

A train carrying former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and his supporters was prevented from leaving a railway station in Poland for Ukraine on Sunday, deepening a standoff between Saakashvili and Ukrainian authorities. Saakashvili intended to return to Ukraine despite being stripped of Ukrainian citizenship by ...

Ukraine's parliament backs draft law giving east special status

World 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 deputies ...

Ukraine begins peace talks  without separatists

World / Politics 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 in ...

Ukrainian security forces riven by mistrust

World / Politics 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 ...

East Ukraine referendum raises fears of dismemberment

World / Politics 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 around ...

Ukraine moves special forces into wayward Odessa

World / Politics 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 ...

Money trail leads to Putin's circle

World / Politics Apr 28, 2014

Money trail leads to Putin's circle

by Henry Meyer and Irina Reznik

Outside a Moscow stadium one night in 2006, deputy central banker Andrei Kozlov was walking to his car after playing soccer when two men opened fire, pumping bullets into his head and neck and also killing his driver. Days earlier, the man leading Russia's fight ...