Tag: Ukraine

Russia says has right to deploy nuclear weapons in Crimea

Russia has the right to deploy nuclear arms in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year, a Foreign Ministry official said on Wednesday, adding he knew of no plans to do so.   “I don’t know if there are nuclear weapons there now. I don’t know about any plans, […]

Top US lawmakers urge Obama to send weapons to Ukraine

In a letter, House Speaker John Boehner and other lawmakers said Russia’s actions in Ukraine were a “grotesque violation of international law”.   They said that a recent truce had only consolidated rebel gains in the east.   Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of helping the rebels with weapons and soldiers – a claim […]

Ukraine says return of Crimea a must for mending ties with Russia

No normalization of ties between Ukraine and Russia is likely unless the region of Crimea, now under Russian control, is returned to Kiev’s sovereignty, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Tuesday.   Klimkin, on the second day of his two-day trip to Japan, also said the border between Ukraine and Russia needed to be […]

U.S. Commander: Arming Ukraine Increases Pressure on Putin

There’s no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but they could add “muscle” to diplomatic efforts, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said Tuesday.   While emphasizing the U.S. still seeks a diplomatic solution to the crisis, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said in Berlin that helping Ukraine with weapons would increase […]

World War III: Ominously Close, Inevitable

How close are we? By Rick Brinegar   “Extremely Fragile” Nuclear Global Order Widespread nuclear conflict could erupt at any moment in any of several regions of the world. The United States has aligned with members of the European Union to impose punitive sanctions against Russia for Russia’s seizure of Crimea and her support for […]

Ukraine’s Yatsenyuk Calls Russia’s Putin a Threat to Civilization

Ukraine’s prime minister has a simple message to Russia: “Get out of our land.”   Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday that Russia was not withdrawing heavy weapons from the east of his country — as promised under the terms of a shaky cease-fire — and called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “threat to the entire Western […]

Kerry: Russia has lied about its activities in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Russia has repeatedly lied to him about its activities in Ukraine where pro-Russian rebels are fighting national forces.   “Russia is engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I’ve seen since the very height of the Cold War,” Kerry […]

Ukraine says it cannot start heavy weapons withdrawal

The Ukrainian military has said it cannot start withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line in the east until the rebels stop shelling its positions.   Military spokesman Lt Col Anatoliy Stelmakh told reporters the separatist rebels had not stopped firing.   Both sides agreed at the weekend to begin withdrawing heavy weapons shortly, under […]

Ukraine PM says cease fire non-existent, Putin on a larger mission

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Saturday that his country is not on the verge of collapse and that Russian-backed separatists continue to attack Ukrainian soldiers despite a recent cease fire agreement.   “We are very far from a collapse,” Yatsenyuk told Fox News. “You know why? We don’t have a cease fire … because […]

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 […]