Tag: Russia

Ukrainian crisis: Ceasefire agreed as Russia launches military exercises

A battle of nerves ended this morning as the Russian and Ukrainian leaders agreed to a ceasefire in Belarus over contested territory in the embattled eastern European state.   Russian president Vladimir Putin announced the ceasefire would be effective from midnight 15th February, bringing hope to a conflict that has claimed the lives of more […]

EU warns Russia over Ukraine agreement

Russia will face fresh sanctions from the EU if a deal to end the Ukraine war is not fully implemented, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned.   She said EU leaders had asked officials to prepare further sanctions in case an agreed ceasefire was not respected.   The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France […]

Obama confirms arming Ukraine on the table if diplomacy with Russia fails

President Obama confirmed Monday that his administration is weighing the possibility of sending arms to Ukraine to help the country beat back Russian-backed separatists, if diplomacy fails.   The comments came during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, following a meeting between the two leaders at the White House.   Merkel and […]

Nato to bolster Eastern Europe against Russia

Nato is set to announce details of a plan to bolster the alliance’s military presence in Eastern Europe in response to continued fighting in Ukraine.   The bloc’s chief says it will be the biggest reinforcement of its collective defence since the end of the Cold War.   Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry […]

At least 5 killed in Ukraine as shelling targets hospital, schools

Heavy shelling in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday afternoon killed at least five people and damaged a hospital, six schools and five kindergartens, local officials said.   The fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine resumed in January after a month of relative calm, killing more than […]

EU weighs more sanctions on Russia

EU leaders have asked their foreign ministers to consider imposing further sanctions on Russia in response to the continued fighting in Ukraine.   A statement said the ministers, who will meet on Thursday, should “consider any appropriate action, in particular on further restrictive measures”.   It urged Russia to observe last September’s Minsk ceasefire deal, […]

Russia hits back at Obama over State of Union speech

Russia hit back on Wednesday at U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, saying it showed the United States believes it is “number one” and seeks world domination.   Obama said his country was upholding “the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small” by opposing what he called Russian aggression and supporting […]

Ukrainian troops retake most of Donetsk airport from rebels

Ukrainian troops recaptured almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine they had lost to separatists in recent weeks, as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march on Sunday.   The offensive brought fighting close to the industrial city of Donetsk, centre of a pro-Russian rebellion, while shelling intensified in other […]

Worried about Russia? Lithuania says ‘Keep calm and read the war manual’

Lithuania is publishing a manual to advise its citizens on how to survive a war on its soil as concerns grow that Russia’s intervention in Ukraine heralds increased assertiveness in its tiny Baltic neighbors. “Keep a sound mind, don’t panic and don’t lose clear thinking,” the manual explains. “Gunshots just outside your window are not […]

Ukraine tensions keep Putin away from Auschwitz anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin is unlikely to join world leaders gathering at the site of the Auschwitz death camp this month because distrust caused by the conflict in Ukraine has cast a pall on arrangements to commemorate the Holocaust.   The Nazi camp where about 1.5 million people were killed, most of them Jews, became […]