Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Ukraine Bars Russian Men Between 16 and 60

It's the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors

(Newser) - Ukrainian officials have barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors. Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced at a security meeting on Friday that all Russian males between 16 and... More »

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 »

Journalist Who Criticized Kremlin Shot Dead

Arkady Babchenko's wife found him at their apartment building

(Newser) - A Russian journalist was shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday, and the national police said he apparently was targeted because of his work, the AP reports. Ukrainian police said Arkady Babchenko's wife found him bleeding at their apartment building in Kiev and called an ambulance, but Babchenko... More »

Trump Administration Decision on Ukraine Angers Russia

US will supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

(Newser) - The US State Department announced Friday it will be providing "enhanced defensive capabilities" to Ukraine for its struggle against separatists backed by Russia, the Guardian reports. According to CBS News , Ukraine accuses Russia of supplying separatists with tanks. And while the State Department isn't commenting on what specific... 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 »

A Rogue McDonald's Is Feeding Rebel- Controlled Ukraine

'Our lawyers are working on this issue'

(Newser) - Someone in the separatist-controlled Ukrainian city of Luhansk is operating an off-brand McDonald's, and the Golden Arches isn't happy about it, Reuters reports. "Our lawyers are working on this issue," a McDonald's spokesperson says. McDonald's closed its restaurant in Luhansk in 2014 after the... More »

Ukraine's PM Quits

Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived no-confidence vote in February, faced gridlock after

(Newser) - Ukraine's embattled prime minister announced Sunday that he is resigning, opening the way for the formation of a new government to end a drawn-out political crisis. In his weekly televised address, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his resignation would be formally submitted to parliament on Tuesday, reports the AP . Yatsenyuk's... More »

Russia-NATO War Games Run Risk of Actual War

Military exercises between Cold War rivals could spur real conflict: report

(Newser) - Like a game of Risk, Russia and NATO have not only been suspiciously eying each other in recent months, but also conducting military exercises in border areas that the Washington Post says are making Europe "a region of high military drama." Now a UK-based think tank is warning... More »

US Placing Heavy Weapons in Eastern Europe

Historic move meant as a warning to Russia

(Newser) - America is about to make history by storing a slew of weapons, fighting vehicles, and battle tanks in Eastern European and Baltic countries—a clear message to Russia to back off, the New York Times reports. If it happens, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, and maybe Hungary will store... More »

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Is 'Inevitable'

Michael Weiss, James Miller say offensive is coming this summer

(Newser) - If you thought Ukraine was in for a better summer than last year, think again. "Vladimir Putin's drip-drip invasion continues" and "a summer offensive is inevitable," write Michael Weiss and James Miller at the Daily Beast . They back up the claim with news from Ukraine President... More »

US: Russia Ready to Reignite Ukraine Conflict

Major buildup along the border alarms US

(Newser) - As hundreds of US troops carry out a training program for Ukraine's National Guard, Russian forces are up to something a lot shadier, according to the State Department. The department accuses Moscow of violating the already shaky Minsk ceasefire deal by deploying air defense systems in eastern Ukraine, building... More »

US: Russia Jet Blew by Ours in 'Unsafe' Move

Washington is communicating concerns to Russia, officials say

(Newser) - A Russian fighter jet flying over the Baltic Sea last week flew a little too near a US reconnaissance plane in what the Pentagon calls "an unsafe and unprofessional manner," USA Today reports. Now the US is taking up the matter with Russian authorities, US officials tweeted. "... More »

Czech Prez Bans US Envoy From Castle

Andrew Schapiro questioned Milos Zeman's plan to attend Moscow event

(Newser) - The US ambassador to the Czech Republic recently suggested it would be "awkward" if the country's president headed to a World War II remembrance in Moscow, as most EU leaders are skipping it over Russia's meddling in Ukraine. To show exactly what he thinks of the unsolicited... 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 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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