SLOVIANSK, Ukraine -- When the Ukrainian army entered Donetsk Oblast, gripped by Kremlin-backed separatist protests, civilians gave them a hostile reception.
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine -- For 30-year old Oleksiy, April 15 wasn't a good day. He was one of 300 or so Russian-backed militants from Kramatorsk who attempted to take over the Ukrainian military airfield in Donetsk Oblast's Kramatorsk.
Early this morning, Ukrainian police stormed Kharkiv Oblast's government center and retook control of the building from pro-Russian separatists that were holding it. About 70 suspects in the takeover were arrested.
Pro-Russian separatists today continue to control of some of the government's key administration buildings in the densely populated eastern industrial cities of Donetsk and Luhansk, while there are conflicting reports about the situation in Kharkiv. All three cities were targets of violent takeovers by separatists demanding a Crimean-style referendum on whether to join Russia.
The United States and Ukraine issued a condemnation Tuesday of Russia's takeover of Crimea as President Obama discussed with European leaders the possibility of further sanctions against Moscow at a summit in the Netherlands.
Militant Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Muzychko, known as Sashko Biliy (Sashko the White), was shot dead in a standoff with the police officers late on March 24 in western Ukraine's Rivne Oblast.
It’s not every day that a public official in Ukraine gains an international fan base.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- Borys Filatov, the newly appointed deputy governor of Dnipropetrovsk, earlier this month exited his glossy S-class Mercedes.
This spring’s show of Ukrainian fashion designer Oleksiy Zalevskiy wasn’t crowded as usual. No guests were allowed in, and even the ever-craved front row seats stayed empty. The models walked the catwalk around gratings and fell “dead” one after another to the sounds of gunshots. The guests watched the show on the outside screens and were impressed.
Several members of the nationalist Svoboda Party scandalously assaulted the acting CEO of state-owned First National TV channel. On March 18, lawmakers Ihor Miroshnichenko, Andriy Illenko and Bohdan Beniuk arrived at the TV headquarters with several other men and forced Oleksandr Panteleymonov to quit his post.
LUHANSK, Ukraine -- When asked to be photographed, 64-year old Svitlana Kliuyeva says: "Oh please, not with this on the background," and moves away from the momument to national hero Taras Shevchenko stands behind her back in the central square of Luhansk.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- On March 11, a Dnipropetrovsk court released two of the four men imprisoned -- but never tried -- for organizing a series of bomb blasts in Dnipropetrovsk.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine - Some 3,000 protesters gathered on March 9 in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk to celebrate the 200th anniversary of national hero Taras Shevchenko's birth and to protest Russian military aggression in Crimea.
Ukraine will sign the political part of an association agreement with European Union within the next few weeks, according to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, with the free trade agreement coming later.
On the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin called him an illegitimate leader, interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk made a plea for national unity and renewed his demand that the Kremlin withdraw its military from Russian-occupied Crimea.
Igor Kolomoisky, 51, oligarch and Ukraine's third richest person with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk to take charge as the regional governor of the nation's second most populous oblast with 3.3 million people.
Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has called on the nation not to panic about Russian military troops invading Crimea.
Many of Crimea's 2.2 million people are not only heeding Turchynov's call, they are celebrating the curious arrival of the neighboring country's soldiers by taking pictures with the troops or making them tea. Many others, however, regard friendliness with the Kremlin invaders as treason.
It's fair to say that most Ukrainians want their national sovereignty and territory respected by the international community, including their Russian neighbors.
Overthrown Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, wanted for mass murder and stealing as much as $70 billion from Ukraine in the last three years, remains defiant as a fugitive from justice.
A non-profit online television station Hromadske TV got airtime for the first time since it was launched in November 2013.