NEWS ABOUT: Luhansk

Putin Talks 'Statehood' for Eastern Ukraine

Ukraine says Russian tanks involved in battle for airport

(Newser) - Have the stakes been raised in the Ukraine crisis? During an interview yesterday, Vladimir Putin said "statehood" for eastern regions controlled by pro-Russia separatists needs to be discussed, the Washington Post reports. A spokesman for the Russian president later claimed he "was talking about inclusive talks" instead of... More »

Russia Sends Controversial Convoy Into Ukraine

Kiev calls it an 'invasion'

(Newser) - Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine today without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion." The move sharply raised the stakes in eastern Ukraine, for any attack on... More »

Ukraine: Dozens Killed in Attack on Refugee Convoy

Rebels deny Luhansk attack

(Newser) - Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack yesterday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the US confirmed the shelling of the convoy but said it did not know who was responsible. The refugees were attacked... More »

Ukraine: Russia (Probably) Shot Down Our Plane

Government also alleges that Russian army officers are fighting with rebels

(Newser) - Someone shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane near the Russian border today—and the Ukrainian government says that someone was probably in Russia. Separatists in Eastern Ukraine immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the plane was flying at 21,300 feet, Ukraine's defense minister tells the AP... More »

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Kidnapping Female Pilot

She has been charged with murder in deaths of 2 journalists

(Newser) - Russia has charged a Ukrainian military pilot with murder in the deaths of two Russian journalists killed in an attack at a rebel roadblock last month—but how she came to be in Russian custody is fiercely disputed. Moscow says Nadiya Savchenko, variously reported to be 31 or 33, was... More »

Thousands Flee Ukraine as Cease-Fire Expires

Some leaving for Russia vow never to return

(Newser) - As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours last night, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return. Many said they were most frightened for their children and desperate to take them to... 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 »

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 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 »

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 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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