An agreement to ease tensions in Ukraine showed signs of crumbling as the U.S. and Russia traded blame as Vice President Joe Biden meets government leaders in the Black Sea country.
Kiev (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden will meet Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders on Tuesday in a symbolic show of America's support for Kiev as Washington and Moscow blamed each other for violating a peace deal to ease the country's crisis.
Donetsk - A rally in support of the Ukrainian national flag was held in Lenin Square in Donetsk on Tuesday morning.
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has met Ukraine's new leaders in a show of support for the pro-Western government.
You can smell Horlivka before you see it: the acrid output from the aging chemical plants and machinery factories that still limp along, though only at a fraction of the pace they once did.
Following the crisis in Ukraine, Sweden's government has proposed increasing the Nordic country's military spending by 5.5 billion Swedish kronor ($830 million) a year.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on April 22 he would not let unions stage a May Day rally in Istanbul's Taksim Square, where huge protests took place last year, in an announcement that may set the scene for fresh clashes there.
Ukraine's acting president has relaunched military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two men, one a local politician, were found "tortured to death". Oleksandr Turchynov said the politician, named as Vladimir Rybak, was found near rebel-held Sloviansk.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on April 22 they were holding an American journalist in the city of Sloviansk and the online news site Vice News said it was trying to secure the safety of its reporter Simon Ostrovsky.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held separate telephone conversations with Russia's foreign minister and Ukraine's prime minister regarding the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the agreement reached in Geneva last week.
Russian gold miner Nord Gold said on April 23 its revenue fell 7 percent year-on-year to $275 million in the first quarter as lower global gold prices offset higher production.
An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine began to unravel Sunday (21 April), with pro-Moscow gunmen showing no sign of surrendering seized government buildings. US and European officials say they will hold Moscow responsible and impose new economic sanctions if the separatists do not clear out of government buildings they have occupied across swathes of eastern Ukraine over the past two weeks.
A specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Russian imperialism.
When Vladimir Putin first came to power in 1999, he talked ideologically but acted rationally. He listened to a range of opinions, from liberal economist Alexei Kudrin to political fixer Vladislav Surkov -- people willing to tell him hard truths and question groupthink.
Representatives of the countries that signed the Geneva agreement last week are working in Kyiv to draw up an action plan to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine, Ukraine's Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia said.
Moscow - Representatives of the so-called "Donbas self-defense forces" said they would be ready to cooperate with experts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe if they condemn Kyiv's actions in southeastern regions of Ukraine.
A mediator from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has held his first meeting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk.
Moscow - Russia's Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) has set up provisional stations for "state veterinary control and quarantine phytosanitary control" on the border between Crimea and Ukraine.