Tag: Ukraine

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 […]

Ukraine crisis: Leaders agree peace roadmap

If the Minsk ceasefire failed last September, then how is this different and could it work?   For the rebels, the new ceasefire line is the same as the old one, so they lose some of the territory they have gained. But government forces must pull back from the current front line, and territory they […]

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures…

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures as he speaks to the media after the peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Ukraine’s president says the accords signed in Minsk give no autonomy to rebel-held areas. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)   Read More: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures as he speaks to the media after the […]

US sending around 600 paratroopers to Ukraine to train troops

A battalion of around 600 American paratroopers will be heading to Ukraine next month to train national guard troops there, a Pentagon spokesman told Fox News Wednesday.   The unit heading to the war-torn country is from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Vicenza, Italy.   The training is to […]

Fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies ahead of planned peace summit

Ukrainian government forces and separatist rebels both claimed to have made gains Tuesday ahead of a planned peace summit involving Western leaders.   Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told Parliament that Russian-backed rebels launched an artillery strike on the town of Kramatorsk, which is more than 30 miles away from the front line. Poroshenko said the […]

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 […]

Obama, Merkel rally behind diplomacy in Ukraine conflict

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine Monday, but they offered no clear path for how the West would proceed if talks this week fail.   During a joint White House news conference, Obama dangled the prospect that […]

Ukraine president pushes for fast cease-fire, defensive arms

Ukraine’s president pushed for both a quick cease-fire in his country’s troubled east and defensive weapons from the West, as mediators sought momentum Saturday for a deal to stem the fighting at Europe’s edge.   Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin are to confer with the leaders of Germany and France by phone Sunday […]

US considers military help for Kiev as separatists plan to mobilise army

The high-stakes poker game over east Ukraine continued on Monday, with US officials floating the idea of sending lethal military assistance to the government in Kiev, while Russia-backed separatists announced a plan to mobilise a 100,000-strong army.   The US secretary of state, John Kerry, is due in Kiev on Thursday, and while no major […]

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 […]