Despite his affiliation with an ultra-nationalist group, parliamentarian Boryslav Bereza looks more like a sophisticated metrosexual than a hardliner.
A Moscow court has ordered that Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko remain under arrest in until May 13, despite her fragile physical condition. On Feb. 25 the appeal court refused to release her pending trial. Savchenko is currently engaged on a hunger-strike that has lasted 76 days so far.
China is ready to lend Ukraine $3.6 billion for various projects in its energy sector that will reduce the country's dependence on the Russian gas, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Feb. 23.
DONETSK, Ukraine – A camouflage jacket and a Kalashnikov. These are the two things that boost the self-confidence of 38-year-old Donetsk native Andrey Eroshenko, a Kremlin-backed separatist, as he checks the documents of a few male bus passengers in the western outskirts of Donetsk.
First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy has passed on a list of American weapons that Ukraine requires during his meeting with Republican Senator John McCain in Washington on Feb. 26, the press service of the People's Front faction has reported.
Ukraine risks losing support from IMF member countries for a proposed $17.5 billion bailout if the conflict in the former Soviet republic continues to escalate, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Russia's foreign minister is sharply criticizing Ukraine's insistence that it won't begin pulling back heavy weapons in its fight against separatists in the east until the rebels fully observe a cease-fire.
This week, Ukraine has been hit by currency panic. The exchange rate of the hryvnia has plummeted and Ukrainians have rushed to buy whatever they could for their hryvnias. The popular reaction is understandable, but salvation is near.
Hurray! We are attacking! Thank God! Many are dead and wounded! Thank God!" Thus exclaimed "good soldier Svejk" from the eponymous immortal novel by Jaroslav Hasek. And Russian public opinion today is no less absurd.
Since November 2014, it has been obvious that the Russian economy would shrink sharply this year, and the January statistics indicate a serious decline has started. The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has forecast a decline of GDP of 3 percent this year, while the Central Bank of Russia predicts a decline of 4.5 to 5 percent at an oil price of $50 per barrel. These forecasts appear overly optimistic. An abrupt fall of 10 percent seems more likely, because key Russian indicators look worse than in 2009, when Russia's GDP contracted by 8 percent.
Ukraine and its allies hope this month's cease-fire deal with Russia and Russian-backed rebels brings relative calm to southeastern Ukraine. But the Minsk agreement is deeply flawed, and there is every chance it may yet unravel, even if it holds for the short term.
Ukrainian soldiers held their positions on Feb. 25 in Shyrokine, an Azov Sea coastal town roughly halfway between Ukrainian-held Mariupol and Russian separatist-held Novoazosk.
A UN-backed ceasefire showed signs of finally taking hold in Ukraine on Feb. 25, with no deaths reported on the front for the first time since the truce took effect 10 days ago.
BRUSSELS - When the so-called Minsk II deal was signed on Feb. 12, everyone knew its implementation would be - in the words of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko - "very difficult."
Russia's top food retailers will freeze prices on 20 "socially important" goods for two months, the Association of Retail Stores (AKORT) said on its website on Feb. 25. The list of 12 major chains that signed on to the initiative includes: Magnit, Auchan, Dixy, Lenta, O'Key, Billa, Globus, Metro Cash & Carry and the X5 Retail group, which owns the Perekryostok and Pyatyorochka brands.
Russia is threatening to turn off the taps, claiming that Kyiv needs to pay for the gas that Russia's Gazprom is directing to rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Europe's own gas supplies could be affected if a shutdown occurs.
A plume of smoke rose above the horizon as a group of Ukrainian soldiers dug trenches near the village of Berdyansk outside Mariupol, seemingly oblivious to the mortar fire going off like popcorn over the crest of the hill.
The main event of last week was the military victory by what President Vladimir Putin called "yesterday's tractor drivers" in Debaltseve. That statement is an almost verbatim replay of this very old Soviet-era joke: "TASS reports that a peaceful Soviet tractor came under fire from Chinese territory. The tractor immediately returned fire, destroying three enemy squadrons, then started its engines and flew into orbit. The tractor driver is reported to be feeling fine."
It has already been a year.