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Ukraine President Dons Fatigues, Brings in Martial Law

Putin accuses him of provoking naval incident

(Newser) - Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea . Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of... More »

Ukraine Declares Martial Law After Russia Confrontation

Kremlin warns move could lead to escalation

(Newser) - The Kremlin has warned that martial law that is to go into effect in parts of Ukraine on Wednesday might lead to an escalation in the rebel-held east. Ukraine late on Monday adopted a bill that introduces martial law in several regions, including those bordering the separatist-held areas, the AP... More »

Russia Refuses to Free Captured Ukraine Ships

Ukraine may introduce martial law

(Newser) - NATO ambassadors and a Ukrainian envoy are due to hold emergency talks Monday amid an escalating crisis that has brought Ukraine and Russia close to war. The Ukrainian Navy says Russia's coast guard seized three of its vessels Sunday after a standoff near the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine's president,... More »

Protesters Storm Kiev, Demand Ukraine President's Resignation

Rally led by Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-Georgian president and ex-ally of Petro Poroshenko

(Newser) - Thousands of demonstrators have marched in the Ukrainian capital to demand the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko. The protest of about 5,000 people in Kiev on Sunday ( TASS puts the number closer to 1,000) was led by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who moved to Ukraine... More »

Ukraine Suspects Russian Drill Will Turn Into an Invasion

Inside the apprehension over Zapad-2017

(Newser) - Newsweek's headline doesn't pull any punches: "Russia Is Preparing for a Massive War, but We Don't Know Where, Warns Ukrainian President." The story is based on comments that president, Petro Poroshenko, made in a Thursday address to parliament regarding Russia's Zapad-2017 exercises in... More »

17 Stolen Masterpieces Returned Year After Heist

They're back in Italy with only scratches

(Newser) - Seventeen masterpieces valued at $17.7 million were returned to Italy from Ukraine on Wednesday after being stolen by masked, armed robbers from a Verona art museum last year. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, who traveled to Kiev to retrieve the paintings—which included works by Rubens, Tintoretto, and Mantegna—... More »

Mystery in Ukraine: Where Is the Golden Loaf?

Symbol of corruption now symbol of incompetence

(Newser) - In Ukraine, a symbol of the corruption of the ousted Viktor Yanukovich has disappeared and is now a symbol of the new regime's failure to deal with the legacy of that corruption, the Wall Street Journal reports. The "golden loaf"—a golden replica of a loaf of... More »

Thousands Rally for Slain Putin Critic: 'I Am Not Afraid'

Litvinenko's widow, many others point blame at Putin

(Newser) - Boris Nemtsov was due to lead an opposition protest in Moscow today, and thousands of people are instead holding one in memory of the critic of Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on Friday, reports the BBC . Marchers carried signs declaring "He died for the future of Russia,"... More »

Slain Putin Critic Was Working on Ukraine Report

Ukraine president thinks Boris Nemtsov was killed because of it

(Newser) - Russian investigators promise to find the gunmen who murdered Boris Nemtsov within sight of the Kremlin, and the president of Ukraine thinks they won't have far to look. Petro Poroshenko says Nemtsov was poised to release evidence proving that Russia was playing a big role in the Ukraine conflict... More »

Ukraine Peacekeepers Would 'Destroy' Truce: Russia

Ambassador accuses Ukrainian president of calling for UN assistance

(Newser) - In an unraveling ceasefire with Russia-backed separatists, Ukraine lost the city of Debaltseve yesterday; the BBC also reports that shelling picked up in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, and that separatists have been conducting mortar attacks in the town of Shirokyne. So it's perhaps not surprising that Ukrainian President... More »

Ukraine Forces Give Up Key Town

Separatists gain control of Debaltseve rail hub

(Newser) - A ceasefire in Ukraine didn't stop fighting in the rail hub of Debaltseve, which links two rebel strongholds. Now, government troops are withdrawing from the area in what the Wall Street Journal calls a big setback; Ukraine had previously said it would hold the town as it grappled with... More »

Ukraine Ceasefire: Here's What Just Happened in Minsk

There are potential pitfalls

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged from marathon Ukraine peace talks with the leaders of Ukraine, France, and Germany by announcing a new ceasefire deal today, but "potential pitfalls" abound, as per the AP . What you need to know:
  • The timeline: Putin told reporters that the ceasefire will be effective
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US, Germany Stand Tight on Achieving Ukraine Peace

But Obama and Angela Merkel disagree on arming Ukraine against Russia

(Newser) - To arm or not to arm Ukraine is the question—and although the US and Germany may not agree on the answer to that question, for now they're presenting a unified front in finding a solution to Ukraine's conflict with Russia. President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel... More »

'Dire' Ukraine Situation Getting Worse: US

Russia 'failing miserably' at peace as Kerry, other world leaders head to Kiev

(Newser) - Despite Vladimir Putin's posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict , a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine's security position is "dire" and Russia is "failing miserably" in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry's plane as... More »

Ukrainian Lawmaker Thrown in Dumpster Before Big Vote

Ratified deal a hard-won first step toward EU membership, Poroshenko says

(Newser) - It was a big day for Ukraine yesterday, and one that Ukrainian lawmaker Vitaly Zhuravsky likely won't soon forget. Parliament ratified a measure deepening its economic and political ties with Europe—the measure that was the issue that sparked the crisis last fall, when then-President Viktor Yanukovych's decision... More »

New EU Sanctions Hit Maker of AK-47

EU freezes assets of 24 more politicians, rebel leaders

(Newser) - The European Union today moved to further punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine—in the form of a new set of sanctions . The EU announced it will ban the export of technology for military use to Russian arms-maker Kalashnikov (maker of the AK-47) along with eight other companies, restrict... 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 »

Ukraine Gets a Ceasefire

Both sides agree to stop fighting this morning

(Newser) - It looks like the fighting will stop in Ukraine today, at least for a while. The government signed a ceasefire deal with pro-Russia rebels at talks in Minsk, reports the BBC . The deal was struck after Vladimir Putin, perhaps hoping to avoid new penalties from an ongoing NATO summit, floated... More »

Putin: I've Got a Peace Plan

He unveils proposal amid skepticism, NATO summit

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin insists that he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko have agreed on the broad strokes of a peace plan, reports Reuters . But confusion and skepticism abound, especially because NATO is about to start a summit in which it will consider new sanctions against Moscow, along with a rapid-reaction military... More »

Ukraine Trumpets Ceasefire, Walks It Back, Rebels Kill It

Dizzying day in Ukraine-Russia diplomacy

(Newser) - Ukraine today announced a ceasefire deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin for eastern Ukraine. Then it quickly walked that statement back, as Russia denied it was even a player in hostilities and pro-Russia rebels outright rejected the move, saying no ceasefire was possible without Ukraine withdrawing its forces. The back-and-forth... More »

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