Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Russia to Pull Troops Back Near Ukraine, Weapons to Remain

The heavy weapons will be used during military exercise later this year, per defense minister

(Newser) - Russia's defense minister on Thursday ordered troops back to their permanent bases following massive drills in Crimea that involved 10,000 troops, 1,200 military vehicles, 200 warplanes, and 60 navy ships in a show of force amid tensions with Ukraine. "I consider the goals of the snap...

The Big Question in Ukraine: What Exactly Is Russia Up To?

There is a massive military buildup at the border

(Newser) - The presence of Russian forces along Ukraine's borders is growing. So too is the speculation, reports the New York Times , which is quick to state that few in the West or in Ukraine believe Russia will actually invade eastern Ukraine, which has been the scene of a 7-year-long war...

Biden Has Another Tense Call With Putin

He urged Russian leader to 'de-escalate tensions' with Ukraine

(Newser) - President Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to "de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's presidency. Biden also told Putin the US would "act firmly in defense of its national interests| regarding Russian cyber...

New Ukraine-Russia Battle Is Over Borscht

Ukraine wants UNESCO to recognize dish as 'intangible cultural heritage'

(Newser) - While it may not rival the intractable hummus conflicts of the Middle East or the battles over baklava from Greece to Iran, a borscht dispute is simmering between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv chef Yevhen Klopotenko has spearheaded an effort to have the beloved beet soup recognized as Ukraine's "...

Summit Produces Cease-Fire
Summit Produces Cease-Fire

Summit Produces Cease-Fire

There's no breakthrough in Russia-Ukraine talks mediated by Macron and Merkel

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky agreed Monday to put a cease-fire in place in eastern Ukraine by the end of the month. The deal was reached in Paris, where the presidents of Russia and Ukraine met in talks led by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A...

Ukrainian Protest Pressures Zelensky on Talks With Putin

Four nations plan summit this week on ending war

(Newser) - Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr Zelensky, a political novice, could...

Prisoner Swap Includes MH17 Crash Suspect

Film director is among the 70 traded by Russia, Ukraine

(Newser) - In a step toward easing tensions between the two countries, Russia and Ukraine traded a total of 70 prisoners Saturday. Each country flew 35 prisoners to the other country. Greeting the released Ukrainians at the airport, the country's president said, "We have to do all the steps to...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ukraine's PM Quits
 Ukraine's PM Quits 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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