Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Huge Lenin Statue Torn Down

Crowd topples 'Soviet idol' in Ukraine's 2nd-largest city

(Newser) - The biggest remaining statue of Lenin in Ukraine came crashing down in the eastern city of Kharkiv yesterday as thousands of nationalist demonstrators cheered and scrambled for souvenirs. The city, Ukraine's second biggest, is largely Russian-speaking but hasn't experienced the same unrest as other eastern cities. After protesters... 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 »

'High-Energy Objects' Downed MH17: Dutch Report

Safety board's findings suggest missile to blame

(Newser) - Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the disaster concluded today. The report by the Dutch Safety Board stopped short of saying the Boeing 777 was shot down... 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 »

Shelling, Attacks Rock Ukraine Ceasefire

Rebel fighter says 'there is no ceasefire anymore'

(Newser) - Shelling and other clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists threw the ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine into deepening peril today, two days after it took hold . At least two houses hit by artillery fire blazed in the rural village of Spartak, which lies just north of the main rebel-held... 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 »

Russia Mad at Putin's 'I Could Take Kiev in 2 Weeks' Leak

Because it leaked, not because he didn't say it

(Newser) - Vladmir Putin supposedly told the head of the European Commission in a private phone call that "if I wanted to, I could take Kiev in two weeks," reports La Repubblica via the New York Times . The Kremlin hit back today, saying that even if Putin did say that,... More »

NATO Plans 'Rapid Reaction' Force to Counter Russia

Moscow warns of 'new military doctrine'

(Newser) - Tough talk as NATO-Russia relations continue to deteriorate: NATO leaders, who meet in the UK later this week, are planning a "rapid reaction" force that can deploy to Russia's worried Eastern European neighbors within 48 hours, reports the New York Times . The "spearhead" force would have a... More »

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 »

Map Shows Russians What's Russia, What's Not

Canadian NATO delegation fires tweet at Mother Russia

(Newser) - Canadian officials had a message for Vladimir Putin this week: Here's where Russia isn't. NATO delegates from Canada tweeted a simplified map Wednesday that delineates Russia's borders, calling Russia "Russia" and Ukraine (including the Crimean region) "not Russia," the AP reports. "Geography can... More »

UN Calls Crisis Meeting as Russia Tanks Roll in Ukraine

NATO official: 1K Russian troops crossed border, attacked

(Newser) - The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting this afternoon at the request of Lithuania to address what Ukraine is calling a Russian invasion across the border, reports the AP. At least 1,000 Russian troops were said to have entered Ukraine with "sophisticated equipment" and... More »

Ukraine: Russia Is Invading

Pro-Russia forces make gains on new front

(Newser) - Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted a pair of hashtags last night—#UkraineUnderAttack and #RussiaInvadedUkraine—which appear to sum up the situation on the ground, the Washington Post reports. Pro-Russia separatists backed by Russian troops, artillery, and armored vehicles are now attacking on two fronts, authorities in Kiev say,... More »

10 Russian Troops Caught in Ukraine Before Peace Talks

Moscow calls it an accident, but Ukraine thinks otherwise

(Newser) - Ten Russian paratroopers have been captured by Ukraine after crossing the border during a patrol yesterday, the AP reports. Russia says they crossed by accident, but Ukraine isn't buying it. Regardless of who's right, the detention of the men raised tensions as talks got underway in Minsk between... 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 »

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: Rebels Shot Down Fighter Jet

Pro-Russia faction still retains firepower; aid convoy sits at border

(Newser) - Separatists have shot down a Ukrainian fighter plane amid fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in the eastern part of the country, a Ukrainian military spokesman said today. Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky said that the plane was shot down over the Luhansk region after launching an attack on rebels. The... More »

Russian Convoy Rolling Again as Ukraine Blasts 'Invasion'

Heavy shelling reported in Donetsk

(Newser) - A large Russian aid convoy resumed its journey toward Ukraine today, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels in the Luhansk region. This is happening amid heavy shelling in the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the BBC reports. By taking such a route, Russia... More »

Fearing Trojan Horse, Ukraine Blocks Russia Aid

Says convoy isn't being coordinated via Red Cross, fears military operation

(Newser) - A convoy of 280 Russian trucks reportedly packed with aid headed for eastern Ukraine today, but Ukraine said it wouldn't let the mission in because it isn't being coordinated by the international Red Cross and could be a covert military operation. A Red Cross spokesman said that he... More »

400+ Ukraine Soldiers Cross Into Russia

But whether they're deserting or were escaping enemy fire is anybody's guess

(Newser) - Of this, we are sure: More than 400 soldiers of the Ukrainian government crossed the border into Russia today. Exactly what they're doing there, predictably, is the subject of much contention. Over at RT , Russia is claiming that the 438 soldiers "have been allowed to cross into Russia... More »

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