On Friday night, when Russian troops began storming the command center of Ukraine’s air defenses in the region of Crimea, the hundred or so soldiers barricaded inside had orders not to open fire. Half of them locked themselves inside a bunker at the far end of the base, which stretches about two kilometers along the Black Sea coast. The other half stood and watched as about two dozen Russian commandos forced their way inside. Their only means of self-defense was to form a human chain behind the main gate, hoping that the Russian truck would not drive over them as it rammed its way through the iron bars. “We are not allowed to use our weapons,” says Major Vladimir Yaremchuk, who was at the base that night. “But those guys came here armed to the teeth.”
In its effort to show Russia it means business overUkraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.
AutoMaidan, which organized automobile protests during the EuroMaidan Revolution, said on March 10 that two of its activists – Oleksandra Ryazhtseva and Kateryna Butko – were kidnapped by pro-Russian forces at the Perekopsk Checkpoint in Crimea on March 9.
Former MP Volodymyr Landyk believes “Putin’s tourists” are organizing pro-Russian demonstrations in Luhansk with the help of the former administration, as reported by ZN.UA.
Western officials are scrambling to loosen Russia's energy stranglehold on Ukraine, the latest sign of growing pressure on Moscow to end the crisis.
The options being considered by officials from Brussels to Washington include larger exports of U.S.-made natural gas, reversing the flow of natural gas through pipelines from Western Europe back into Ukraine, and accelerating plans across Europe to buy more energy from countries other than Russia.
Washington - US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Daniel Baer has urged the Russian authorities to assist unobstructed access of monitors to Crimea, the Wall Street Journal posted on March 9.
Crimea’s planned March 16 referendum on whether it should leave Ukraine and join Russia is underhanded, dishonest, and absurd—and completely legitimate. Vladimir Putin has yet again maneuvered the West into a corner. Jujitsu-like, he is using one of our most prized institutions—international law—against us. This is not the first time, and so calls to punish Russia and start a Cold War II are understandable. Yet we should swallow our pride and let him bask in his victory. In the long run, it gets him nothing.
Ukraine faces a 37 percent increase in the price it pays for Russian natural gas after OAO Gazprom canceled a discount and threatened to cut supplies, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan told reporters yesterday.
Diplomatic efforts to calm the Ukraine crisis inched forward Monday, with Moscow saying it would consider Western proposals for talks on the standoff but insisting Crimea had the right to secede.
Bloomington, Ind. — An old train route south from the eastern Polish city of Przemysl passes through Ukrainian territory, then back into Poland. The tracks are a relic of the prewar past, when this was all Polish territory, before the Soviet Union “liberated” western Ukraine in 1939 from Poland and incorporated it into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine and for all parties to exercise calm and restraint, during separate telephone calls with US president Barack Obama and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Russian forces advanced in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, ignoring Western calls to halt a military takeover before the region’s separatist referendum.
At least six Ukrainian activists and journalists opposed to Russia's invasion of Crimea have gone missing in the peninsula.
Batkivschyna Party leader and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has urged the West not to leave Ukraine one-on-one with Russia.
The price of Russian gas exported to Ukraine could stand at $368.5 per 1,000 cubic meters in the second quarter of 2014, Ukraine's Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan has said.
The Visegrad 4 group including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia is looking to diversify supplies to eliminate the danger Russia could use its control of gas and oil flows to exert political pressure on the former Soviet satellite states.
The law enforcement authorities have opened a number of other criminal proceedings over attacks on reporters in Crimea and obstructing their work, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office press office said in a statement on March 9.
Moscow - Viktor Yanukovych will make a statement in the middle of Tuesday, March 11, a source close to Yanukovych told Interfax.
FRANKFURT - EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is to delay talks with Russia on the South Stream gas pipeline project aimed at bringing Russian gas via the Black Sea, he told a German newspaper on Monday, in response to the crisis in Crimea.