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Report: Ukraine Used Widely Banned Weapon

'NYT,' Human Rights Watch see evidence of cluster munitions

(Newser) - Cluster munitions are banned across many countries, but the Ukrainian military appears to have used them in rebel-controlled territory, the New York Times reports. Donetsk, which is home to a million people during peacetime, likely saw attacks on Oct. 2 and 5, leaving six wounded and one Red Cross worker... More »

As Ukraine Truce Hangs on, EU Rolls Out New Russia Sanctions

Ceasefire between rebels, Ukraine barely hanging on amid reported casualties

(Newser) - A ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels is hanging on by a thread after a weekend of reported shelling and casualties, but the EU warns that sanctions against Russia will be put in place as early as tomorrow, reports the BBC . The Kremlin said the proposed sanctions—which may include... More »

Prisoners Break Out as Ukraine Fighting Rages

Government steps up Donetsk offensive

(Newser) - More than 100 prisoners have fled a high-security facility after it was hit by shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, local authorities say. A jail riot was precipitated by a direct rocket hit that claimed the life of at least one inmate, says a city council... More »

On the Ropes, Ukraine Rebels Blame Russia

Putin strangely silent as Ukraine toughens ceasefire demands

(Newser) - Separatists in Eastern Ukraine are starting to complain that Moscow has sold them out, as they prepare for what the New York Times is declaring their "last stand." As they retreated toward Donetsk yesterday, insurgents blew up two road bridges and a railroad bridge behind them. An emboldened... More »

Ukraine Rebels Regroup After Losing Key Stronghold

'We will drown these wretches in blood,' warns Donetsk rebel leader

(Newser) - Discouraged but defiant, pro-Russia separatists vowed to keep fighting the government in Kiev from the largest city in eastern Ukraine, where they regrouped yesterday after being driven out of a key stronghold. At a rally in a central Donetsk square, the rebels were cheered on by thousands of supporters waving... More »

Ukraine: 3 Russian Tanks Crossed Our Border

Interior minister says the country engaged with 2 of them

(Newser) - Three Russian tanks have made their way into eastern Ukraine by way of a rebel-controlled checkpoint, according to Ukraine's interior minister, the BBC reports. Arsen Avakov says the tanks, along with armored troop carriers, entered via the Luhansk region then rolled into the adjacent Donetsk region, where they made... More »

Ukrainians Drive Off Rebels and Their 'Blood Candy'

Sweets come from president-elect's company

(Newser) - You can't go wrong with free candy, right? Wrong, at least in divided eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, separatists held a rally for kids in Donetsk against the "bloodthirsty Kiev junta." Militants offered families big boxes of sweets which had, they said, been stolen from a warehouse. At first,... More »

Dozens Dead in Ukraine Airport Battle

Combat jets used against pro-Russia rebels

(Newser) - The bodies of at least 30 fighters have been brought to a hospital following a day of heavy fighting in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, in which government forces used combat jets against pro-Russia rebels, an insurgent spokesman says. Donetsk, a city of 1 million, was engulfed by heavy fighting yesterday... More »

Donetsk, Luhansk Ask to Join Russia

Insurgent leader says region is declaring independence

(Newser) - Pro-Russia insurgents in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions are declaring themselves independent and asking to join Russia. The move, initiated by Donetsk and followed closely by Luhansk, follows a hastily organized referendum yesterday in which organizers say about 90% of those who cast ballots in the regions backed sovereignty... More »

What's Clear After Ukraine Vote: Not Much

Ukraine president calls sovereignty referendum a 'farce'

(Newser) - In the wake of eastern Ukraine's vote on independence yesterday, one word is showing up repeatedly in media reports: unclear. The referendum organizers' preliminary results show those who cast a ballot overwhelmingly voted in favor of sovereignty for Donetsk and Luhansk, but beyond that much is uncertain—and even... More »

90% Vote for Sovereignty in East Ukraine: Rebels

Referendum not monitored by independent observers

(Newser) - Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine say preliminary results of a contentious referendum show nearly 90% of voters have supported sovereignty for their region. Roman Lyagin, election chief of the self-styled Donetsk People's Republic, said around 75% of the region's 3 million voters cast ballots today. With no independent... More »

Ukraine Guardsmen Fire on Crowd; Casualties Reported

Shooting reported in Donetsk as separatist referendums go forward

(Newser) - Ukrainian national guardsmen have opened fire on a crowd outside a town hall in eastern Ukraine and an official for the region's insurgents says there are fatalities. Today's bloodshed in the town of Krasnoarmeisk occurred hours after dozens of guardsmen shut down voting in a referendum on sovereignty... More »

Ukraine Votes as Prez Warns of 'Step Into Abyss'

Referendum on self-rule goes forward

(Newser) - The question on the referendum is simple: "Do you support the act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic/Luhansk People's Republic?" The act of answering, in today's poll in Ukraine's aforementioned two eastern provinces, is contentious, chaotic, and already being denounced as rigged and... More »

East Ukraine to Putin: We're Ignoring You

Pro-Russia separatists say they'll go ahead with planned referendum on Sunday

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin today presided over military exercises that simulated what the AP calls a "massive retaliatory nuclear strike in response to an enemy attack," further stoking tensions simmering in Ukraine. Putin said the drills had been planned since November, and the move comes a day after he said... More »

On Brink of War, Ukraine Stops Flights

Both sides bury their dead as Germany makes dire pronouncement

(Newser) - The government in Kiev appears to have today blocked all international flights into, and many flights out of, the Ukraine's restive east in the wake of yesterday's violence and in anticipation of violence ahead of Friday's holiday commemorating World War II. At least 20 flights out of... More »

Kiev: We've Lost Control of East

Security forces 'helpless,' president says

(Newser) - Is the battle for eastern Ukraine over? The country's acting president has admitted that Kiev has lost control of eastern regions and security forces are "helpless" against pro-Russia gunmen who have seized control of government buildings, the Guardian reports." It is hard to accept but it’s... More »

Ukraine Rebels Blow Off Deal, Won't Leave

At least not until the government in Kiev does the same

(Newser) - The separatists who've seized government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities say they don't intend to clear out, despite the agreement struck between Russia, the Ukraine, and Western powers yesterday that, among other things, called for those illegally seized buildings to be vacated. "This is a... More »

Report: Jews Forced to 'Register' in Ukraine Town

Masked men in Donetsk hand out ominous leaflets

(Newser) - Masked militiamen in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are handing out fliers demanding that Jews register with the self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist government there, Jews in the area tell Ynet News . The leaflet explains that because Jews "supported the Bendentry Junta," meaning the nationalist movement that supported Ukrainian... More »

NATO: Russian Troops Look Ready to Move

Troops near Ukraine border aren't training, alliance says

(Newser) - Russian troops in more than 100 makeshift bases near the border with Ukraine are in an advanced state of readiness and could invade within 12 hours of getting orders from the Kremlin, NATO warns. A spokesman for the alliance says the huge Russian force seen in satellite images "can... More »

Ukraine to Separatists: This Is Over in 48 Hours

Protesters in east erect barricades, build bombs

(Newser) - Pro-Russia protesters are bolstering their defenses in eastern Ukraine as Kiev threatens to use force to settle the situation. "A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," Ukraine's interior minister says, per Reuters . "For those who want dialogue, we propose talks... More »

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