DZERZHINSK, Ukraine - Spoil tips rise as high as mountains above the horizon where, not far across the field, pro-Kremlin insurgents are amassing troops with more heavy weaponry and fighters coming from Russia.
MOSCOW - A senior Russian official said on Nov. 25 an announcement by Ukraine's president that he would hold a referendum on NATO membership in several years' time would increase regional tensions.
Ukraine levelled fresh charges on Nov. 25 that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory on Nov. 24.
After nine months of non-stop German diplomacy to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided in mid-November that a change of tack was needed.
French President Francois Hollande delayed indefinitely on Nov. 25 his decision on whether to deliver the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers ordered by Russia but whose status is in limbo as a result of the conflict in Ukraine.
Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has confirmed the withdrawal of part of Russian troops from the militant-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, but notes that they are replaced with new forces coming from Russia.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to prepare his country for European Union and NATO membership within six years. Some of his fellow East Europeans who are already members of both organizations will actively encourage that ambition, while leaders of NATO and the EU will do their best to rain on Poroshenko's parade. I think the East European attitude has rather more merit.
Putilovka, Crimea - The search warrant accused Muslyadin Muslyadinov of killing a Ukrainian riot police officer, although the dozen armed masked men who surrounded his modest whitewashed house in this mountain village in southern Crimea were sent by Russian authorities.
Editor's note: This interview was published by Ukrainska Pravda and is reprinted with permission.
France ruled out delivery of a warship to Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and criticized the government in Kyiv for saying it wants to join NATO.
Canada didn't make an official offer to Ukraine to accept its F-18 fighter aircraft, advisor to the Ukrainian interior minister Anton Heraschenko said.
Crimeans should pay off their debts to Ukrainian banks despite now living under Russian law, a Russian central bank official was quoted as saying, marking a change in position by Moscow which had suggested ignoring any payment demands.
French industrial group DCNS charged with delivering two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia has agreed a new deadline of Nov. 27 to hand over the first ship, according to Russian media reports.
DONETSK -- When the fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces moved closer to Donetsk's city limits in June, one of the region's leading software development companies made the difficult decision to relocate its 50 staffers to a safer city to wait out the war.
TBILISI - Practical fulfillment of international obligations at the domestic level will help Georgia join NATO, its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, according to reports on Georgian television channels.
Top-flight strugglers Torpedo Moscow could be punished for the second time in three months for "racist behavior" by their supporters. Some fans were heard making racial taunts in the 2-1 home win over Rostov in the Russian Premier League on Nov. 22, the Sport Express newspaper reported.
The people of Belarus have plenty of reasons to be unhappy with President Alexander Lukashenko. The close economic ties he forged with Moscow are inflicting severe pain on Belarus as Russia’s economy stumbles. The Kremlin's actions in neighboring Ukraine are a reminder that good relations with President Vladimir Putin can quickly turn bad.
TALLINN - Estonia's foreign minister has praised the country's relations with Sweden and accused Russia of activities that are stoking the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
LIPETSK - The confectionery factories owned by Ukraine's Roshen company in Lipetsk and Sentsovo (Lipetsk region) on Nov. 24 launched lay-offs, the senior PR manager at Lipetsk Roshen Confectionery Factory, Irina Vakhonina, has told Interfax.
Militants opened fire on the positions of the Ukrainian anti-terrorist operation forces 16 times on Nov. 24, the anti-terrorist operation press center reported on its Facebook page on Nov. 24.