On the southern frontline in Mariupol, Ukraine's major port in the east, the election takes place under separatist and pro-Russian guns dug in just over the horizon. The city is still Ukrainian, and most people want it to stay that way after the vote, but there are worries about the turnout.
Ukraine will elect a new parliament on Oct. 26. On Oct. 24 Russia's President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for pushing Ukraine into war after the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February and Russia's subsequent support for separatists in Crimea and other Ukrainian regions.
The United States says it is not seeking "confrontation with Russia." But U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington "cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which security in Europe and North America rest."
Russia will turn back its clocks for the last time on Oct. 26 to permanently adopt winter hours. It will also increase its time zones from nine to 11, from the Pacific to the borders of the European Union.
As Ukrainians elect a parliament this weekend, new evidence pops up of Russia's military role in their country: Western journalists this week found destroyed Russian tanks in Donetsk - and very live (if somewhat drunk) Russian soldiers happy to socialize at one of the last cafés still open in Lugansk.
Ukrainians head to the polls this weekend for their parliamentary elections. Russian aggression casts a long shadow over this process, as President Putin continues his efforts to deny Ukraine the ability to make its own decisions regarding its own future. Russia is working actively to suppress Ukraine's aspirations towards a freer and more dignified future.
How have Ukrainian attitudes toward the EU, Russia, and NATO changed? Is it possible to conduct opinion polls in the Donbas? And why is support for the Ukrainian Communist Party in decline? On the eve of critical parliamentary elections in Ukraine, Dmitry Volchek of RFE/RL's Russian Service speaks to Kyiv-based sociologist Iryna Bekeshkyna, director of the Democratic Initiative polling fund.
Russia still has troops in eastern Ukraine and retains a very capable force on the border despite a partial withdrawal, NATO's military commander said on Oct. 24.
Russian armed forces continue to conduct aerial reconnaissance from its territory, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said.
The situation around the Donetsk airport is tense, but there are currently no attacks, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said.
Ten Ukrainian soldiers have been injured in the area of the anti-terrorist operation in Donbas in the past 24 hours, National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said.
The night from Friday (Oct. 24) to Saturday in Donetsk was not quiet, especially in the Petrovsky, Kyivsky, and Kuibyshevsky districts, the city council press service reported.
SOCHI - Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukrainian government Friday, Oct. 24 for blocking implementation of a peace accord aimed at stopping fighting in the east of the country but said he hoped a long-running dispute over Russian gas supplies to Ukraine could be resolved soon.
The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, passed last month by the US senate's Foreign Relations Committee, could mark a new kind of policy for the US in Ukraine. It doesn't propose new sanctions, or the "major non-NATO ally" designation for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, but instead grants permission to send Ukraine a variety of weapons, ammunition, and specialized equipment to fill gaps in its current military's capabilities, with $350 million authorized for this fiscal year.
Would territorial retreats whet Vladimir Putin’s imperialist appetite?
I'd be rich if I had a hryvnia for every time I've heard that question answered in the affirmative. Accordingly, if one concedes an inch to Putin, he'll take a mile. And, naturally, that mile will only be the prelude to many more miles. In sum, you can't concede an inch - or else.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at the United States on Oct. 24, accusing Washington of provoking armed conflicts and undermining global security in a quest to lord its power over the rest of the world.
New York - Moscow will continue to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, says Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.
UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic has expressed concern about the violations of human rights in Crimea and the increasing number of cases of disappearance of the Tatars.
Ukrainian military do not use prohibited weapons in Donbas, including cluster munitions, and are ready to assist in holding the relevant inquiry, Acting Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Oleksandr Pavlychenko has said.
Standard & Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict.