MARIUPOL, Ukraine — A woman whose public abuse by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine roused anger over her treatment and concern for her fate has been freed from detention and allowed to leave rebel-controlled territory.
GARNER - At the end of a Sunday church service in Garner, the priest offered a prayer for the peaceful resolution of an intensifying conflict in eastern Ukraine. The prayer, like most of the mass, was in Ukrainian.
Ukrainian forces are battling pro-Russian rebels at the international airport of the eastern city of Luhansk, a Ukrainian military official has said. The separatists earlier claimed they had seized the airport, but the army said the fighting was still ongoing.
Sir Elton John reportedly helped to rescue six-year-old Ukrainian boy Lev Ageyev, who he once tried to adopt, from the conflict in Ukraine.
I am amazed by the generally poor media & business commentary around Ukraine/Russia relations, which often belies a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues – maybe the demands of 24/7 news drives that to an extent. This is also apparent from commentary from high level Western diplomats and political leaders – either they do not understand, or would rather not understand the realities with respect to the Ukraine crisis.
GDANSK, Poland - Poland's prime minister says the anniversary of World War II makes it crucial to put an end to the war in Ukraine.
MINSK - Pro-Russia separatists sat down for preliminary peace talks with Ukraine in the Belarussian capital Minsk on Sept. 1 saying they would be prepared to stay part of Ukraine if they were granted "special status", according to Russian news agencies.
Up to 15,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine over the past two months, and at least 200 may have died in combat there, according to rights groups.
LONDON - The presence of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil is "unjustified and unacceptable", British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sept. 1.
Ukrainian forces have suffered a series of setbacks, as pro-Russian rebels advance in the east of the country. Officials said nearly 700 soldiers had been taken prisoner since the rebel offensive began.
Nearly 30 Ukrainian military men, who were taken hostages near Ilovaysk in Donetsk region, have been liberated, the head of the prisoner exchange center Colonel-General in Reserve Volodymyr Ruban said on Sept. 1 evening.
On Aug. 29-30 Ukrainian energy hackers came up with new ideas of improving energy efficiency in Ukraine. The outdoor, solar-powered hackathon, a collaborative event attended by engineers, software developers and other specialists, called TeslaCamp, took place in Oseshchyna village, in Kyiv Oblast. It was organized by the Greencubator community, a group that promotes energy innovations and efficiency. Progressive specialists and young innovators from the energy sector shared their diverse vision of saving and generating energy, simultaneously introducing new inventions that could be used in everyday life
The Ukrainian Armed Forces will now always be a priority for the state, and the military are rightly becoming the elite of society, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said.
European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso has said that some measures taken by the European Commission to support the Ukrainian economy have had a positive effect.
The railway infrastructure, administrative buildings and equipment necessary for operations and repair work was destroyed at the stations of Ilovaisk, Avdiyivka, Donetsk and Donetsk-Pivnichny due to fighting on Aug. 31, the press service of Ukrzaliznytsia has said.
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski - Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that his meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was frank.
President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said the European Unions is deeply concerned over the recent development in Ukraine's east, Ukrainian president's press service said.
Tony Abbott has been put on a "no buy" list of Western leaders who won't be allowed to purchase cut price vodka or cigarettes ... should they ever decide to visit Russia's far east. Russian leaders have obviously decided to hit the West where they imagine it hurts, in retaliation for increased sanctions in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.