The war in Ukraine, first sparked by armed Russian separatists, is now nearly a year old. It has killed at least 4,700 and left half a million people displaced. Despite attempts at a cease-fire agreement, the conflict has escalated since Jan. 11. This has forced Europe, already strained by other crises, to wonder if it can still find the unity of purpose to end the war and keep Ukraine whole and free.
GENEVA - The U.N. Children’s Fund reports more than 1,000 children are forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk because of ongoing fighting and heavy shelling.
MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to press the Russian points on Ukraine. Putin, who was absent from Jan. 27 commemorations in Poland because of a deep strain between Russia and the West over Ukraine, visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow where he talked about Ukrainian nationalists' collaboration with the Nazis in killing Jews during World War II.
The Ukrainian parliament on Jan. 27 declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 27 slammed what he called attempts to rewrite history and lauded the Red Army at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Militants have shelled with Grad rockets a hospital in the town of Svitlodarsk, Donetsk region, al leas one person was killed, the anti-terrorist operation press center reported on Tuesday.
An escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine in recent days has once again left western governments and military strategists trying to understand the strategy of pro-Russian rebels and their supporters in the Kremlin.
A total of 942,748 internally displaced people have been registered in Ukraine as of Jan. 26, says Maryna Vorona, a deputy head of the department for social protection of the internally displaced persons at the Ukrainian Ministry of Social Policy.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved on Jan. 27 a resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, which contains a call on Russia to stop financing terrorism and to free Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadia Savchenko and all other Ukrainians, who are illegally held in custody in Russia.
Eleven months after Russia started a war against Ukraine, beginning with the seizure of Crimea, the nation’s parliament finally decided to call a spade a spade. The Jan.27 session of the Verkhovna Rada recognized Russia as an aggressor state and the Kremlin-backed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic as terrorist organizations.
As European leaders and U.S. representatives gathered in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army, Russian President Vladimir Putin skipped the ceremony to visit the Jewish Museum in Moscow.
With 500 days to go until Euro 2016 in France they are dispensing "humanitarian aid" at the most dazzling venue at Euro 2012. Above the hand-out points at the Donbass Arena, engineers were still repairing the damage from shelling in October.
UNITED NATIONS - The deadly rocket attacks on the government-held port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine last weekend were a war crime because they intentionally targeted civilians, a senior UN official said on Jan. 27.
Ukrainian authorities officially confirmed for the first time on Jan. 27 that Russian-backed troops in Donbas have an air force.
You can learn a lot about someone from their delusions. Consider Vladimir Putin's comments on Jan. 26. Speaking to students at St. Petersburg, the Kremlin leader said the Ukrainian Army is not really the Ukrainian Army at all. Those soldiers fighting pro-Moscow separatists in Donbas? They're actually NATO's foreign legion.
MOSCOW - Russia has seen its credit grade cut to "junk" status for the first time in over a decade, a big blow for a country that wants to be a world economic power.
DNIPROPETROVSK - Three flights have brought 62 tonnes of humanitarian aid from the European Union to Dnipropetrovsk.
Militants have shelled with Grad rockets a hospital in the town of Svitlodarsk, Donetsk region, the anti-terrorist operation press center reported on Jan. 27.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva has called on Russia to close its border with Ukraine to counter the alarming increase in violence in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, the OSCE PA website has reported.
ATHENS - The new Greek government of leftwing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras complained to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Jan. 27, saying it had not been consulted about a statement on the growing crisis in Ukraine.