Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have welcomed a meeting of the contact group for Ukraine that took place in Minsk on Thursday.
At last, after weeks of frustration for investigators and emotional pain for families and friends of the 298 passengers and crew lost in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the wheat and sunflower fields of eastern Ukraine on Friday took on the appearance of an orderly, professional search for human remains and personal belongings.
US President Barack Obama has told Russia's leader of his "deep concerns" about Moscow's increased support for separatists in Ukraine as international experts finally gathered more remains at the crash site of downed flight MH17.
As the European Union voted in tough sanctions this week aimed at coercing the Kremlin to back down in Ukraine, a group of journalists in Russia’s remote far east had another matter in mind. In an appeal published in a Russian state newspaper they called on lawmakers to award Vladimir Putin the title “hero of Russia”, the nation’s highest honour, for his decision to take over Ukraine’s Crimea.
The Ukrainian airbase at Kramatorsk, a short drive from the border with Russia, was a sorry sight just a few months ago. The road leading up to it was strewn with barricades of trash, and pro-Russian separatists liked to gather around it for little victory picnics of beer and sunflower seeds.
Right now Russia is moving troops, armor, and advanced antiaircraft missiles toward the border with Ukraine. In the last 48 hours, dozens of videos have been uploaded to social-media sites that show Russian armor very close to the border, many of them confirmed to be within mere kilometers of Ukraine.
Ukraine's SBU security service has published "top secret", Stalin-era files that Russia does not want to release. The SBU chief archivist, Ihor Kulyk, says his colleagues recently read on Facebook that - at the request of Russia's FSB security service - a court in Moscow denied Russian historian Sergei Prudovsky access to look at a cache of documents dealing with Japan's efforts to recruit right-wing Russian emigres as spies.
As the deadly fighting continues to rage in eastern Ukraine, activists on both sides of the conflict are stepping up efforts to funnel equipment, basic necessities, and even fighters to the front lines. In Ukraine, dozens of groups have sprung up to support the country's cash-strapped army in its bid to stamp out pro-Russian separatist from the eastern regions.
An armed pro-Russian militant speaks with a driver as he stands guard near the Ukrainian-Russian border at the Ukrainian check-point near the small city of Krasnopartizansk, in the Lugansk region, eastern Ukraine, on June 6, 2014.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — When Denis Bigunov, a civil servant, recently returned to work after a long break, he found three prisoner’s hoods wrapped in masking tape stashed in his office at City Hall, sinister mementos left behind by the pro-Russian rebels who controlled this eastern Ukrainian city for nearly three months.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has notified Congress of its plans to train and arm the Ukrainian national guard next year, the Pentagon said on Friday, as Washington continues to intensify its response to Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.
GRABOVO, Ukraine — Dutch and Australian police officers on Friday were finally able to fan out over the site where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in Ukraine last month, to search for human remains overlooked by local emergency workers.
Investigators began searching the wreckage of Malaysian Air (MAS) Flight MH17 after two weeks of delays, finding body parts and personal belongings of the victims as the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine raged on around them.
Washington, D.C. –Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) urged the Administration to approve badly needed defensive military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The senators expressed concern over the Ukrainian military’s challenges defending its sovereignty against insurgents armed and trained by Russia and urged the Administration to provide the military capabilities to defeat the separatists, deter Russian aggression, and restore stability to the nation.
MOSCOW - Five months after the annexation of Crimea, Russia and Ukraine are now squabbling over soccer clubs in the region. Defying authorities in Ukraine, Russia is incorporating three Crimean teams into its own leagues - a move that could strain relations between the host country of the 2018 World Cup and the sport's world governing body.
International experts found the remains of more victims of the downed Malaysian airliner in east Ukraine on Aug. 1 but fighting nearby between government forces and pro-Russian rebels renewed security concerns around the wreckage.
WARSAW, Poland - Sirens let out a long and mournful wail and people and traffic stood still on the streets of Warsaw on Aug. 1 as Poland commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a revolt against Nazi Germany that ended tragically for the Poles.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Aug. 1 the military conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country must not be allowed to hold up economic reforms.
Three football clubs based in Crimea will play the 2014-15 season in Russia's football league in the wake of its annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March.