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Ukraine Rebels Blow Off Deal, Won't Leave

At least not until the government in Kiev does the same

(Newser) - The separatists who've seized government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities say they don't intend to clear out, despite the agreement struck between Russia, the Ukraine, and Western powers yesterday that, among other things, called for those illegally seized buildings to be vacated. "This is a... More »

Report: Jews Forced to 'Register' in Ukraine Town

Masked men in Donetsk hand out ominous leaflets

(Newser) - Masked militiamen in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk are handing out fliers demanding that Jews register with the self-proclaimed pro-Russian separatist government there, Jews in the area tell Ynet News . The leaflet explains that because Jews "supported the Bendentry Junta," meaning the nationalist movement that supported Ukrainian... More »

Diplomats Talk Nice, as Putin Talks Tough

Pact reached to ease Ukraine tensions, but Putin says use of force still an option

(Newser) - Top diplomats from the US, Russia, Ukraine, and the EU promised today to "de-escalate" tensions and avoid "provocative actions," reports the New York Times . But on Russian TV earlier, Vladimir Putin didn't seem interested in making nice, notes the Wall Street Journal . He pointedly kept open... More »

Pro-Russia Civilians Confront Ukrainian Troops

NATO pledges heightened preparation

(Newser) - Ukraine continues its descent into chaos and confusion: With tanks and troops entering the Ukrainian town of Kramatorsk , the BBC reports that Ukrainian forces have run right into resistance from pro-Russia civilians. An officer noted that he would never attack his "own people"; another soldier said locals have been... More »

Shots Fired as Ukraine Says It Has Retaken Airport

Tanks spotted, but so far no action reported

(Newser) - Ukraine appears to have at last followed through on its threats to use military force against separatists in the east. Heavy gunfire rang out inside Kramatorsk air base today, Sky News reports. Interim Ukrainian President Oleksander Turchinov announced that Ukrainian troops had retaken the base, driving out the pro-Russian militiamen... More »

Obama, Putin Have 'Tense' Phone Call

Moscow 'not fooling anybody' in Ukraine, White House says

(Newser) - In what the White House describes as a "frank and direct" phone call, President Obama warned Vladimir Putin that while the US would like to see a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, Moscow's actions are not conducive to one. Officials say Obama told the Russian leader that... More »

Russian Jet Passed Within 1K Yards of US Warship

Saturday incident just now coming to light

(Newser) - A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a US military official said today. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within... More »

Ukraine Rebels Ignore Deadline, Stage New Attack

Turchinov's threat of military action looms

(Newser) - Ukraine's interim president gave pro-Russia militants occupying government buildings in Slaviansk and other eastern Ukraine areas until this morning to get out, or be forced out by the Ukrainian military —and the deadline has passed without the militants leaving. So far, Oleksandr Turchinov has not sent in the... More »

UN Security Council to Meet at Russia's Request

Ukraine's special forces exchange fire with pro-Russian militia

(Newser) - The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting at Russia's request to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. Russia's UN mission sent a text message to reporters saying a closed meeting of the Security Council would begin at 8pm EST today. The Russian mission said it had... More »

Biden Headed to Kiev Next Week

Separatists take over more government buildings

(Newser) - With separatists extending their reach in eastern Ukraine, the White House says Joe Biden is headed to Kiev to meet with leaders. The vice president will head to the country on April 22, CNN reports. This Thursday will see talks between Ukraine, Russia, the US, and the EU. Meanwhile, regional... More »

NATO: Russian Troops Look Ready to Move

Troops near Ukraine border aren't training, alliance says

(Newser) - Russian troops in more than 100 makeshift bases near the border with Ukraine are in an advanced state of readiness and could invade within 12 hours of getting orders from the Kremlin, NATO warns. A spokesman for the alliance says the huge Russian force seen in satellite images "can... More »

Ukraine to Separatists: This Is Over in 48 Hours

Protesters in east erect barricades, build bombs

(Newser) - Pro-Russia protesters are bolstering their defenses in eastern Ukraine as Kiev threatens to use force to settle the situation. "A resolution to this crisis will be found within the next 48 hours," Ukraine's interior minister says, per Reuters . "For those who want dialogue, we propose talks... More »

Russia: 'Civil War' Looms in Ukraine

Kiev parliament bans calls for separatism

(Newser) - Attempts by the Ukrainian government to retake government buildings seized by pro-Russia protesters who have declared independence in regions in the east of the country could lead to "civil war," warns Russia—which says it will intervene if necessary to protect Ukraine's Russian-speakers and is watching developments... More »

Separatists Declare Part of Ukraine Independent

Buildings in 3 cities in eastern Ukraine seized

(Newser) - Crimea first, eastern Ukraine next? Pro-Russia protesters last night seized government buildings in the cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk in Ukraine's largely Russian-speaking east, waving Russian flags and demanding a referendum on joining Russia, reports Reuters. In Donetsk, separatists have dubbed the region an independent republic, and have... More »

How Ukraine Mess May Be Healthy for New York City

Penalties may mean fewer purchases by absentee Russian billionaires: Megan McArdle

(Newser) - It may not be the first thing to come to mind in regard to Russia's dispute with Ukraine, but the fallout could take a tangible hit on New York City real estate. The New York Times explains that rich foreigners—think Russia, China, and Brazil—account for about 40%... More »

Ukraine Accuses Police 'Black Unit' of Mass Murder

12 members of Berkut riot police detained

(Newser) - Ukraine has arrested 12 riot police on suspicion that they gunned down peaceful protesters in Kiev during the demonstrations that led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich. More than 100 people were killed in the protests, and the since-disbanded Berkut police force has long been considered responsible. The 12... More »

Friedman: To Defeat Putin, Kick Him in the Wallet

Globalization can be used to our advantage: op-ed

(Newser) - Some may argue that Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea prove globalization isn't all that it's cracked up to be; Cold War-style politics haven't been wiped out forever. But Thomas Friedman argues that in order to stop Putin, we need to view him in the context of... More »

Far-Right Activist Shot Self: Ukraine

Sashko Bily's death an accident: interior ministry

(Newser) - The death of a Ukrainian far-right activist in a shoot-out last week came at his own hands, the country's interior ministry says: Sashko Bily, as he is known, accidentally shot himself twice while police tried to arrest him. The first shot just grazed him, but the second was fatal,... More »

NATO Axes Cooperation With Russia

'Complete combat force' still at border

(Newser) - Russia can't expect "business as usual" after its annexation of Crimea, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after a meeting, announcing that the alliance is "suspending all practical cooperation with Russia, military and civilian." After the first meeting of the 28-member alliance since the crisis began,... More »

Russia Jacks Ukraine's Gas Price 40%

And NATO boss says Russia hasn't moved troops yet

(Newser) - Russia's state-owned energy giant Gazprom is increasing the price of the natural gas it sells to Ukraine by 40%, it announced today, in what Reuters sees as an attempt to increase economic pressure on Kiev. But Gazprom didn't explain the move in terms of geopolitics; the company said... More »

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