On the eve of suspended anti-terrorist operations in eastern Ukraine over Easter weekend Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Armored Brigade late on April 18 recaptured two of the six airborne combat vehicles near Kramatorsk in northern Donetsk Oblast that Kremlin-backed insurgents had taken two days ago, the Ministry of Defense reported.
A quadrilateral meeting of top diplomats from Ukraine, the United States, the European Union and Russia has agreed to take immediate measures to de-escalate increasing violence and separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, but many doubt that the deal will work.
Ukrainian National Guardsmen overnight on April 17 killed three Kremlin-backed militants and injured 13 more when a large group tried taking over their military base in Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast’s second largest city situated on the coast of the Azov Sea, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov stated on his Facebook page. The Ukrainian side suffered no casualties.
Ukrainian National Guardsmen overnight on April 17 killed 3 Kremlin-backed militants and injured 13 more when a large group tried taking over their military base in Mariupol, Donetsk Oblast’s second largest city situated on the coast of the Azov Sea, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov stated on his Facebook page.
The invasion of Ukraine’s eastern regions is made in Moscow, the Security Service of Ukraine said on April 16, and they came for blood.
DONETSK, Ukraine – Pro-Russian forces are taking part and leading attacks on government buildings in Donetsk Oblast, including police and security service stations, said Interior Ministry Arsen Avakov.
SLOVIANSK, Ukraine -- In what looks like a special Russian military operation that resembles the Kremlin's Crimean invasion, masked men in army fatigues and bulletproof vests, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, seized the police station and district Security Service of Ukraine headquarters in Sloviansk, a Donetsk Oblast city of 125,000 people.
DONETSK, Ukraine – In an attempt to defuse separatist tensions in eastern Ukraine, government and business leaders told visiting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that the the regions need more power and resources to address the needs of local residents.
DONETSK, Ukraine – Since April 6, the state administration building that serves as government headquarters for 10 percent of Ukraine’s population has been home to the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.
Mykola Prysyazhnyuk, fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych’s friend and his only agriculture minister, faces up to 12 years in prison for allegedly embezzling $67 million from the state, the prosecutor’s office announced on April 7.
The head of Ukraine’s football governing body dispelled rumors that he gave the green light for Crimean soccer clubs to compete in Russia’s soccer league during the March 27 Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) congress in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Russia’s Defense Ministry and Federal Security Service took part in the conspiracy to kill more than 100 EuroMaidan demonstrators, Ukraine’s top security official, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, alleged on April 3.
Global economics is the key to trumping Russian President Vladimir Putin, wrote New York Times’ columnist Thomas L. Friedman on April 1. Given the extent to which Russia’s economy is integrated with the world, especially with its largest trading partner, the European Union, depriving Russia access to Western banks, financial instruments, and oil and gas revenues is the most effective way of containing the Russian leader.
Ex-Kharkiv Oblast Governor Mykhailo Dobkin was introduced as the Party of Regions’ presidential candidate on March 28 by five stalwart members of the former ruling party at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Ukrainian experts have downplayed talk that Russian war planners evaded detection from America’s much-vaunted eavesdropping technologies because they were coached by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency employee now living in exile in Russia for leaking information about top-secret American operations.
The disconnect between Kyiv and Ukrainian military forces on the ground in Crimea was highlighted today with two telephone conversations broadcast in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center in Kyiv's Ukraina Hotel.
The Russian publisher of business daily Kommersant Ukraine has shut down the newspaper and laid off a staff of 100, citing dipping advertising revenue that started “when the situation spiked on the Maidan (after clashes started between anti-government protesters and police in January).”
As Russia’s stranglehold on Crimea tightens, mainland Ukraine still has several levers of influence to use.
U.S. and British investigators are in Ukraine to assist the Ukrainian government with recovering as much as $70 billion that fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and his close circle allegedly stole.