Tag: Ukraine

EU says escalation in eastern Ukraine violates Minsk peace deal

The EU’s diplomatic arm condemned an arson attack Sunday on armored vehicles belonging to OSCE truce monitors as well as the fact that the monitors have been caught in the crossfire in Shchastya and Shyrokyne.   These incidents “put in danger the crucial role that the SMM (Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE) plays in […]

Ukraine FM calls on Russia to negotiate end to war in battle-torn east

Ukraine’s foreign minister wants Russia to come to “real negotiations” about a cease-fire and stabilization in Ukraine’s war-torn east which will require fair elections that are intentionally monitored.   Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with The Associated Press that Russian military and special forces are “in full command” in the eastern regions of Donetsk […]

Ukraine crisis: EU extends Russia sanctions to 2016

The aim is to make Russia comply with the Minsk ceasefire accord signed with Ukraine in February, EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic tweeted. EU and US sanctions target associates of President Vladimir Putin and Russian state banks, military and energy firms. The ministers also launched a naval operation called EU Navfor Med, to track Mediterranean people […]

News from The Associated Press

Russia’s military will add over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year alone that are capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.   Putin spoke at the opening of an arms show at a shooting […]

Ukraine, Greek bailout and climate top agenda for Bavaria meeting

Russia remains excluded from the G7 as punishment for its encouragement last year of the rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin has said the conflict in Ukraine was the result of “unprofessional actions” of the US, and opinion remains divided on the extent to which sanctions, as opposed to a lower oil price, is hurting […]

Ukraine’s Poroshenko warns of ‘full-scale’ Russia invasion

President Petro Poroshenko has told MPs the military must prepare to defend against a possible “full-scale invasion” from Russia, amid a surge of violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia has denied that its military is involved in Ukraine, but Mr Poroshenko said 9,000 of its troops were deployed. Clashes involving tanks took place in two areas […]

News from The Associated Press

Russia’s Vladimir Putin won’t be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.   Yet the Russian president remains a central player in international affairs, including the U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran, even with the […]

Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions

“It’s important to have contacts military to military in a normal situation so that if something not normal happens, you’re able to clarify misunderstandings, to avoid situations out of control,” said Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister. “We’re going through the internal procedures to make sure that they’re functioning 24/7. They’re working and we’re making […]

Kerry arrives in Russia to push Putin on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Russian resort of Sochi Tuesday for high stakes talks seeking to push President Vladimir Putin to fully implement a shaky Ukraine ceasefire.   Kerry was to meet Putin in the Black Sea city at “a critical moment” for Ukraine aiming to ensure the “next steps in […]

Kerry, Putin to meet over Ukraine, Syria crises despite ‘confrontational, difficult times’

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss Ukraine and other issues, the United States said on Monday in a statement that made no mention of their deep disagreements. Relations between Russia and the West are at their lowest ebb since the end of […]