Tag: Ukraine

Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria.   The State Department said Kerry would meet Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday […]

Russia masses more forces near Ukraine border

More than 6,100 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the onset of the war in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk last year. The fighting has diminished since the last Minsk accord, but the situation appears to be escalating once again after a two-month lull. “Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizeable number of […]

With 580 U.S. boots on the ground in Ukraine, what’s Vladimir Putin’s next move?

As the crisis in Ukraine drags on, U.S.-Russia relations continue to deteriorate. The United States has just taken a step that risks bringing that relationship to a new low.   As part of its effort to support Ukraine, the U.S. military recently sent 290 troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade based in Vicenza, Italy, to […]

US accuses Russia of violating deal

The US has accused Russia of deploying more air defence systems in eastern Ukraine in breach of a ceasefire deal. The state department also said Russia was involved in training separatist forces in the area and building up its forces along the border. The Kremlin has not yet responded to the claims. A truce between […]

Russia Is Boosting Air Defenses Inside Eastern Ukraine

“The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer the front lines,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.   “Russia is also building up its forces along its border with Ukraine,” the statement added. “After maintaining a relatively steady presence along the border, […]

PressTV-‘US preparing ground for war in Ukraine’

Now the whole point of the American involvement in Ukraine, which started with the funding of the coup last year, which overthrew the legitimate government, was to create tension in Ukraine for a long time.   Now Americans failed to grab Crimea, which was the jewel in the crown for them because they wanted that […]

Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine despite new weapons pullback deal

Fighting raged overnight and in the early hours on Tuesday on the outskirts of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite an agreement reached by the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers a day earlier.   The yearlong military conflict between Russian-backed rebels and government forces has claimed more than 6,000 lives and left […]

Nordic pact heightens tension with Russia

The Kremlin has complained that a new Nordic defence pact is “directed against Russia” and amounts to a “confrontational approach” on the Ukraine crisis. The Russian foreign ministry issued the statement on its website on Sunday (12 April).   It said “Nordic defence co-operation … has begun to be directed against Russia in a way […]

U.N. Agency to Examine If Western Sanctions Violate Human Rights

The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official whose job is to examine Western sanctions, viewed as constituting human rights violations against the targeted countries. The newly-created post, established by a resolution introduced by Iran, will go to a veteran Algerian diplomat who in his application expressed concern about U.S. and European […]

US to train 750 Ukraine troops as Russian aggression continues

With Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine continuing, the White House announced Wednesday the U.S. will begin training 750 Ukraine troops.   The news came after a phone call between Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and coincided with Russians celebrating the first anniversary of their country’s annexation of Crimea.   “Soldiers from […]