Petro Poroshenko

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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 »

EU Leader: We're Near 'Point of No Return' on Russia

Europe poised to hand out more sanctions against Moscow

(Newser) - Today's key phrase on the Russian-Ukraine situation is the "point of no return." The leader of the European Commission warned today that Moscow has brought the world to the brink of that point with its aggression toward its neighbor, reports the BBC . Jose Manuel Barroso spoke as... More »

Ukraine Prez Dissolves Parliament

Military convoys seen pouring in 'from the direction of Russia'

(Newser) - Ukraine's president today dissolved parliament and called for early elections in October as his country continues to battle a pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern regions. President Petro Poroshenko announced in a statement posted on his website that he has dissolved parliament and called for snap elections on October 26.... More »

Plane Got Shot Down, Says US Intelligence

But officials don't know who fired the missile

(Newser) - US intelligence officials say that a surface-to-air missile did indeed bring down a passenger jet over Ukraine today, but they can't say who fired it or even which side of the border it came from, reports the Wall Street Journal . Both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian separatists have denied... 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 »

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 »

Ukrainian Prez: Ceasefire Is Done, 'We Will Attack'

Rebels didn't disarm or give up key border crossings

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he is halting a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and says Ukrainian forces will go on the offensive against the rebels. A statement from Poroshenko on his website said the cease-fire is being halted and that "we will attack and we... More »

Ukraine Signs Deal That Started It All

And Russia isn't happy

(Newser) - It's official: The Ukraine has signed a free trade deal with the European Union, the BBC reports—the same free trade deal that sparked the protests that led to the current crisis. President Petro Poroshenko called the deal the most historic moment for Ukraine since it gained independence in... More »

On Day 1 of Truce, Ukraine Helicopter Shot Down

Troops given OK to shoot back after 9 killed

(Newser) - The shaky ceasefire in Ukraine was thrown into peril yesterday when pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen just a day after rebels agreed to respect a truce called by the Ukrainian government last Friday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned he may end the weeklong truce... More »

Russia Masses Troops as Bodies Pile Up in Ukraine

Poroshenko to sign critical EU pact

(Newser) - So much for that ceasefire . Intense fighting broke out in Eastern Ukraine today, with separatists telling Reuters that they were outgunned and taking heavy losses. "We beat off the first attack and destroyed one tank," one separatist said. "But it is difficult to take on 20 tanks.... More »

Ukraine Talks to Putin, Proposes Ceasefire

President poised for unilateral move; expects rebels to follow

(Newser) - Ukraine's new president talked to Vladimir Putin last night, and today, Petro Poroshenko appears ready for a ceasefire, the New York Times reports. Poroshenko says he'll order the unilateral move once the border is secure; he believes "all illegal military units" will follow suit, per Russian and... More »

France Throws 2 Dinners to Separate Testy Obama, Putin

Hollande avoiding an awkward moment

(Newser) - International tensions are resulting in a very full stomach for French President Francois Hollande. During a commemoration of D-Day, he'll have two separate dinners Thursday night: one with President Obama, and one with Vladimir Putin, the AP reports. The two leaders are among at least 18 visiting in honor... 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 »

Who Is Ukraine's 'Chocolate King'?

Russia says it can work with Poroshenko as US decries election interference

(Newser) - Ukraine has elected a new president, and it's the man they call "The Chocolate King." Petro Poroshenko made billions in the candy industry before becoming a leading figure in Ukrainian politics. Here's what we know:
  • He's distinctly pro-European—at his victory speech he appeared alongside
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