Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky declared his ambition over the weekend to play a leading role in steering Russia down the path toward European-style democracy.
Tens of thousands of people are marching in Moscow in protest against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
People are chanting "No to war!" and "Stop lying!" Similar rallies are taking place in St Petersburg and other Russian cities.
Many Ukrainians who fought the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in February are also hoping to get rid of members of parliament from Yanukovych’s Party of Region in the Oct. 26 elections.
Giving lie to Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia isn’t fighting in Ukraine, up to 80 Russian troops were killed in a skirmish there last month, according to information released by an opposition politician.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine – On a dusty, pockmarked highway on the southeastern border of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, some 20 scruffy fighters from Ukrainian volunteer battalions stand guard at a newly erected block post, scrutinizing vehicles coming from the separatist-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. License plates beginning with “AH” (Donetsk) and “BB” (Luhansk) are what they are on the lookout for.
FOR THE sake of the cameras, President Obama assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a White House meeting Thursday that “not only do we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence in words, but we’ve also been supporting it in deeds.” If only that were true. The reality is that the beleaguered Ukrainian leader left Washington backed by considerable rhetoric from the Obama administration but little with which he can turn back the continuing Russian aggression against his country.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey inked a trilateral agreement with his Lithuanian and Polish counterparts on forming a joint military brigade on Sep. 19 in Belweder Palace, Warsaw.
Even though the European Parliament ratified the European Union-Ukraine Association agreement, the country may not secure visa-free travel to the EU until early next year.
The war in eastern Ukraine, which has had more impact on the European economy than any news coming out of Frankfurt or Brussels, appears to be ending. Despite the sporadic attacks that have wrecked previous ceasefire attempts.
Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 18 gave an impassioned speech before a joint session of Congress and met President Obama at the Oval Office. Washington can do pomp and ceremony, but Ukraine's leader still went home empty-handed.
Ukraine did something very Ukrainian this week. It sued for peace with Russia, apparently confirming a centuries-old subordination to Big Brother to the east. Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister jailed by the deposed President Victor Yanukovich and now leader of the political party Batkivshchyna, called the laws implementing peace by granting autonomy to parts of eastern Ukraine "humiliating and betraying."
Members of the House, Members of the Senate
The northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv prepares for a possible invasion of pro-Russian separatists despite the ceasefire in the neighboring Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. That includes fortifying the border with Russia.
German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told European Commission that Putin made the threat in a recent conversation. President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Good for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He did not waste his 45-minute televised address in front of both houses of the U.S. Congress on simple niceties, as I had feared.
Porosheko asked for everything Ukraine needs: the honoring of the US commitment in the 1994 Budapet Memorandum to guarantee Ukraine's sovereignty and territory, lethal and non-lethal military aid, a special security status for a non-NATO ally, economic assistance, an investment fund, help reforming Ukraine's economy and justice system and continued tough sanctions against Russia.
WASHINGTON - The United States pledged $53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine on Sept. 18 for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment, in a gesture of support for visiting Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.
Kyiv accused Moscow on Sept. 18 of massing its troops in annexed Crimea on the Ukraine border, rattling nerves just as President Petro Poroshenko prepared to meet US counterpart Barack Obama.
Berlin - Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in a couple of days he might commission the Russian troops not only in Ukraine but also in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Romania, Ukrainian news edition Liga reported, citing a publication of German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.