Russia-Ukraine conflict

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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 Ceasefire Begins

But will it survive?

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the beginning of a ceasefire amid fighting in Ukraine, CNN reports. But as the AP reports, there are no immediate indications of whether either side in the conflict that has killed more than 5,300 people is observing it. Under an agreement struck last... More »

Hours Ahead of Ceasefire, Ukraine Fighting Intensifies

Skeptics think this one might not hold, either

(Newser) - Heavy artillery fire roared today in eastern Ukraine as fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists continued hours before a ceasefire was to take effect. Under an agreement reached Thursday , the warring sides are to cease firing at midnight local time, but the intense fighting has skeptics wondering whether this... More »

Peace Deal Signed, but Ukraine Battles Rage On

Ceasefire set to take effect Sunday

(Newser) - Fierce fighting raged today in east Ukraine between government troops and Russia-backed separatists as the warring sides attempted to bolster their positions ahead of a weekend ceasefire deadline . Combat persisted in the first hours after the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France signed a peace deal yesterday in the... 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 »

US Eyes Arming Ukraine's Military

Officials seek huge boost in assistance amid rebel offensive

(Newser) - With fighting between government forces and pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine intensifying once again, the US government is taking a fresh look at arming Kiev's forces, despite the risk of Russian retaliation. Assistance so far has been limited to "non-lethal" items like body armor, but after recent setbacks for... More »

Ukraine Prisoner Exchange Takes Place—or Maybe Not

Reports conflict, AP can't independently confirm

(Newser) - A major exchange of war prisoners was embroiled in controversy today, with some reports saying it has been completed and others saying it had has been pushed back a day. Russia's Interfax news agency said the exchange had been completed successfully on neutral ground between the sectors controlled by... More »

Ukraine, Rebels Agree to New Ceasefire

But separatist infighting could pose a problem

(Newser) - Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces in the Luhansk region have agreed on a new ceasefire, international monitors said. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that under the agreement, hostilities are to cease Friday along the line of contact between the warring sides. It was agreed... More »

4 Months on, Workers Begin Picking Up Pieces of MH17

Recovery long delayed in rebel-held area of Ukraine

(Newser) - Workers in rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine began to collect debris from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 today, four months after the plane was brought down. The operation is being carried out under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.... More »

Russian Bombers Will Patrol Near US Shores

Kremlin resuming Cold War-era flights due to 'anti-Russia inclinations'

(Newser) - A "dangerous game of brinkmanship" just got a little closer to home: Russia is sending long-range bombers to do rounds "in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico," with Russia's defense minister blaming NATO's "anti-Russia... More »

Ukraine Says Russia Sent 32 Tanks Across Border

Ukraine claims 30 trucks carrying fighters, ammunition crossed over, too

(Newser) - Ukraine accused Russia today of sending in dozens of tanks and other heavy weapons into Ukraine's rebel-controlled eastern areas. National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko said at least 32 tanks, 16 artillery systems, and 30 trucks loaded with fighters and ammunition had crossed into eastern Ukraine from... More »

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 »

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 »

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