BRUSSELS - The elections in May could have, for the first time ever, a decisive impact on the choice of the future President of the European executive.
The crisis in Ukraine deepened further overnight following the departure of the US vice-president, Joe Biden, from Kyiv after a two-day visit.
Kosovo's parliament approved on April 23 an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from Serbs captured in the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
WARSAW — There is a real risk that eastern regions of Ukraine will separate from the country, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on April 23.
MOSCOW — The founder of Russia's leading social media network — a wunderkind often described as Russia's Mark Zuckerberg — has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company's ownership.
Known as the Bard and regarded as England's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is celebrated on April 23, let his imagination roam as widely as his characters.
Sixteen persons, including journalists, have been kidnapped over the past week in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Sloviansk and Horlivka, according to Kyiv Post reporting and that of Donetsk-based news website Novosti Donbassa. Some have been released while two have been found dead.
The Arabian revolts brought in particular a morass of scepticism and antipathy. The revolution in Ukraine, by contrast, turned that to hope. Hope in civil disobedience as a means and liberal democracy as its purpose. The Ukrainian story inspires the democratic activists around the Black See, from the Caucasus to Iran. However the West reduces the success story in Kiev to the crisis in the Crimea, stresses political analyst Damon Golriz.
It looks like the scheduled May elections in Ukraine may have to be postponed for obvious reasons. Aside from Russia’s plans to disrupt them, there is a not-so-minor question how the elections can, or should they be conducted in the rampaging Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts
WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday dismissed comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggesting that the United States was behind the political unrest in Ukraine as "ludicrous."
The Ukrainian government said troops repelled an overnight raid on a base at Artemivsk, between Donetsk and Sloviansk, in eastern Ukraine on April 24.
More than $3 billion is needed to overhaul the Soviet-era natural gas transit network in Ukraine, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said Wednesday.
Russia expects that an international agreement to defuse the Ukraine crisis will be implemented in practical steps, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on April 24.
Recently Stephen Cohen's "Why Cold War Again?" (The Nation, April 21, 2014) came to my attention again, as a reprint of his Moscow Times (April 4, 2014) piece entitled "Flawed U.S. Policy Led To This New Cold War". This article is representative of a view that Putin's actions towards Ukraine are the result of the West's, especially of the U.S,. hostile actions that threaten Russia's security interests.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.
The Ukrainian government says it has regained control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists.
Several people are said to have been hurt during the overnight operation in the city, where three pro-Russian protesters were recently shot dead.
KHRESTYSHCHE, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops with five light armoured vehicles took control of a checkpoint north of Sloviansk on April 24 after pro-Russian separatists appeared to abandon the position, Reuters journalists said from the scene.