There aren't many European leaders who take a harder line on Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine than his Estonian counterpart, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. His sympathy for Ukraine, however, is tempered by a belief that it didn't do enough in advance to protect itself. His own country, he suggests, has been more responsible, which is why it will be more secure.
BERLIN - The U.S. military estimates around 12,000 Russian soldiers are supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, U.S. Army Europe Commander Ben Hodges said on March 3.
Western leaders agreed on March 3 that they would be ready to impose further sanctions on Russia over Ukraine if there was a further escalation in the crisis, a German government spokesman said.
BERLIN - The commander of U.S. Army Europe says there's no expectation Ukraine could defeat Russia militarily if given American weapons, but that they would add "muscle" to diplomatic efforts.
France said Western powers agreed on March 3 that a "strong reaction" would be necessary from the international community if a cease-fire in Ukraine agreed last month was violated.
BRUSSELS - Western leaders warned Russia on March 3 they would step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, the European Union said.
The significant devaluation of the hryvnia last week was related to unfounded fears, while the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) jointly with the government would manage to return the rate to the fundamentally justified level of Hr 20-22 per $1, NBU Head Valeriya Gontareva has stated.
An International Monetary Fund bailout for Ukraine underestimates the banking sector's needs and is unrealistic about government expenditure on security and defense, according to Andrei Kirilenko, a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ukraine has secured a $40 billion bailout from the IMF and other creditors. The agreement, which spans four years and includes $17.5 billion from the Fund, "can represent a turning point for Ukraine," said IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has posthumously bestowed the Order of Freedom on the Russian politician Boris Nemtsov who was killed in central Moscow on Feb. 27, the Ukrainian president's press office said.
Ukrainian authorities are taking decisive steps to stabilize the hryvnia exchange rate, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has told journalists.
The standard realist narrative regarding the Russo-Ukrainian War generally runs something like this. The West - the United States, the European Union, and NATO - attempted to expand its influence into Eastern Europe and wrest control of Ukraine from Russia. In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by defending his country's vital security interests by seizing Crimea and attempting to annex eastern Ukraine.
Moscow has notified Kyiv that an automobile convoy declared by Russia as humanitarian will arrive in eastern Ukraine on March 4, says Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis.
VIENNA - The Ukrainian businessman, the head of the Federation of Employers of Ukraine, Dmytro Firtash, has announced the creation of the Agency for Ukraine's Modernization and raising the investment of at least $300 billion for reforms.
What were NATO Supreme Commander, General Phil Breedlove’s thoughts when he heard that Boris Nemtsov, Russia’s political opposition leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nemesis, was executed by four bullets to the back?
From the start of the Ukraine crisis, Canada has been one of the country’s staunchest supporters. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has condemned, in turn, the killing of protesters during the EuroMaidan Revolution, Russia’s occupation and annexation of Crimea, its move into eastern Ukraine, and its “slow-motion” invasion which continues to this day.
Editor's Note: The Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's few remaining sources of independent journalism, on March 2 published an interview with a Russian soldier assigned to a tank unit sent with his battalion to regain Russian control of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast. Ukrainian forces surrendered Debaltseve, a key railway hub with a pre-war population of 25,000 people, on Feb. 18.
Despite a busy agenda planned for March 3, members of Ukraine's Parliament still found time to fight. The session was interrupted and closed because of a fight that broke out between Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko and former member of his faction, lawmaker Serhiy Melnychuk, who used to head the Aidar Batallion.
Wet streets and slush underfoot. Bone-chilling cold, but at least it isn’t raining or snowing. The elegance and magnificence of Kyiv’s opera house comes into view as I step my way briskly down the street. People mingle about outside, with an hour to go before the Kyiv debut of French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy’s one-man performance of Hotel Europe. But with no ticket, how do I get in?
The leaders of Russia, Germany and France have agreed to ask the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to help with the implementation of the latest cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine.
GENEVA - Russia's sinking economy is putting up a major hurdle for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors as the U.S. automakers fight to return to profitability in Europe after years of losses.