Moscow - Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West's refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.
The Ukrainian platoon commander sat in a burned-out armored vehicle on the edge of the Donetsk airport runway with the body of his comrade in the driver's seat next to him. He could hear the separatist fighters who had killed the man just yards away in the thick fog.
The European Union wants to tighten sanctions on Russia again, as renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine causes heavy casualties and raises fears that Russian-backed separatists will seize control of more territory.
Russia's pensioners were once seen as "people we just needed to support" one government official said. But with women able to retire at 55 and men at 60, and healthcare improving, many are becoming more forceful in their demands.
As Ukraine burned again last weekend, Western leaders stubbornly stuck to their chosen path: No appeasement and no military action, just more economic sanctions against Russia. It's a sure-fire way to get more Ukrainians killed.
Aspate of videos uploaded to YouTube claim to show victories by Russian-backed separatists during intensified fighting in eastern Ukraine.
In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, activists tell that aspects of Belarusian identity – especially language – are making a comeback.
Oakland - At the same time as the United States, Canada and the European Union announced a set of new sanctions against Russia in mid-December last year, Ukraine received US $350 million in US military aid, coming on top of a $1 billion aid package approved by the US Congress in March 2014.
Islambad - The Russian diplomatic mission here on Jan. 27 accused Ukraine of military build-up along two troubled cities in the garb of ceasefire as Moscow accused the Western powers-led military alliance of unduly aiding Kiev in what comes as a fresh indication that the worsening security situation in the region is not likely to improve anytime soon.
A shocking video has emerged which appears to show a pro-Russian rebel commander force-feeding captured Ukrainian soldiers their own uniforms. It shows four frightened men in military fatigues kneeling while another man known simply as 'Givi' stands over them.
In a previous investigation related to the 17 July 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the Bellingcat investigation team provided the origin and movements of a Buk M1 missile launcher filmed and photographed that same day that travelled from Donetsk past Zuhres, through Torez and Snizhne. Before reaching Snizhne, the Buk M1 missile launcher was transported on a red low-loader hauled by a white Volvo truck featuring a telephone number and unique blue stripes. In Snizhne, however, the Buk was unloaded off the hauler and driven south out of Snizhne under its own power.
America's top diplomat in Europe denounced Russian state-media coverage of the Ukraine crisis on Jan. 27 and belittled the Kremlin's propaganda efforts in the United States as fallacious and ineffective. "All you have to do is look at RT's tiny tiny audience in the United States to understand what happens when you broadcast untruths in a media space that is full of dynamic truthful opinion," said Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, referring to the Kremlin-backed global media company.
The war in Ukraine, first sparked by armed Russian separatists, is now nearly a year old. It has killed at least 4,700 and left half a million people displaced. Despite attempts at a cease-fire agreement, the conflict has escalated since Jan. 11. This has forced Europe, already strained by other crises, to wonder if it can still find the unity of purpose to end the war and keep Ukraine whole and free.
MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz to press the Russian points on Ukraine. Putin, who was absent from Jan. 27 commemorations in Poland because of a deep strain between Russia and the West over Ukraine, visited the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow where he talked about Ukrainian nationalists' collaboration with the Nazis in killing Jews during World War II.
The Ukrainian parliament on Jan. 27 declared the Russia-backed separatist republics in the east to be terrorist organizations, formally eliminating the possibility of holding peace talks with their representatives, as fighting escalated.
Militants have shelled with Grad rockets a hospital in the town of Svitlodarsk, Donetsk region, al leas one person was killed, the anti-terrorist operation press center reported on Tuesday.
An escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine in recent days has once again left western governments and military strategists trying to understand the strategy of pro-Russian rebels and their supporters in the Kremlin.
Eleven months after Russia started a war against Ukraine, beginning with the seizure of Crimea, the nation’s parliament finally decided to call a spade a spade. The Jan.27 session of the Verkhovna Rada recognized Russia as an aggressor state and the Kremlin-backed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic as terrorist organizations.
As European leaders and U.S. representatives gathered in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Red Army, Russian President Vladimir Putin skipped the ceremony to visit the Jewish Museum in Moscow.
UNITED NATIONS - The deadly rocket attacks on the government-held port city of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine last weekend were a war crime because they intentionally targeted civilians, a senior UN official said on Jan. 27.