Although Ukraine’s monopoly arms maker Ukroboronprom suspended all shipments to Russia three weeks ago, no political decision has yet been taken on whether to resume contracts in the future, says Yuriy Tereshchenko, the general director of the state-owned concern.
Ukrainian officials say that Russia coordinated the takeovers of several Donetsk Oblast government buildings seized over the weaken by heavily armed and masked men in military uniforms.
A handful of pro-Russian separatists in the barricaded Donetsk Oblast government administration declared the creation of the Donetsk People's Republic on April 7, as a few hundred activists continued to rally outside the building, which is surrounded by piles of car tires and wrapped in barbed wire.
Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov canceled his trip to Lithuania to lead the nation's campaigan against pro-Russian separatist movements that flared in Donetsk and Luhansk on April 6.
When members of Ukraine's newly-appointed government walked into their offices just over a month ago, on top of a military invasion, a looming economic collapse and other external challenges, they discovered the mess in their own back yard is almost as massive a problem.
Ukraine's pro-Western government said it would hand more power to the country's regions, seeking to defuse pro-Russian unrest in its east but stopping short of proposing a federal structure pushed by Russia.
“Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” could not have dreamed about loot as large as that allegedly left behind by Ukraine’s fugitive and corrupt former officials.
Ukraine will increase household prices for gas by 50 percent in May, and the utility companies will see a 40 percent raise as of July, newly appointed head of Naftogaz Ukraine Andriy Kobolev said on March 26.
After biting off a piece of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is pausing to pick his teeth.
A trusted source of mine materialized this week carrying a freaky gift: a leaked document allegedly produced by Russia’s National Security Council. The document itself, he says, looks like a compilation of pieces of other papers that lay out the Russian plan for Ukraine – at least a version of what they hope to carry out.
Former State Security Head of Ukraine Oleksandr Yakimenko blames Ukraine's current government for hiring snipers on Feb. 20, when dozens of people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The victims were mainly EuroMaidan Revolution demonstrations, but some police officers were also killed. This was the deadliest day during the EuroMaidan Revolution, a three-month uprising that claimed 100 lives.
Voters in Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea who vote in the March 16 referendum have two choices – join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia.
So the choices are “yes, now” or “yes, later.”
A leaked conversation between Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton relays explosive suspicions that the same snipers are responsible for the Feb. 18-20 killings of both EuroMaidan demonstrators and police officers.
In a gesture of support for Ukraine, US State Secretary John Kerry visited Kyiv on March 4, paying respect to the nation's fallen heroes, threatening Russia with new sanctions, and pledging economic support to the interim government.
ARMYANSK, Ukraine -- On a road leading to the Crimean peninsula, a journalist woke up with a start. He was being stared at, through the window of the car he and his colleague from a TV station hired to drive to Crimea on March 1, by at least a half-dozen men armed with Kalashnikovs.
Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine's acting head of state, today accused Russia of "provoking a conflict" by backing the seizure of the Crimean parliament building and other government offices on the peninsula. Armed gunmen have also seized Crimea's telecommunication company and two airports, prompting numerous flight cancellations.
Two Crimean airports were taken over by Russian military troops, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook this morning. He said the situation in the autonomous republic has now escalated to “a military intervention” and called on the National Security Council to take urgent steps towards its regulation.
Before his nomination as prime minister on Feb. 27, Arseniy Yatseniuk said he was going to lead a “kamikaze government.” His Cabinet has 21 members, a mix of veteran politicians, EuroMaidan activists and a few people who could make a big difference.