Ukraine will elect a new parliament on Oct. 26. On Oct. 24 Russia's President Vladimir Putin blamed the West for pushing Ukraine into war after the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February and Russia's subsequent support for separatists in Crimea and other Ukrainian regions.
As Ukrainians elect a parliament this weekend, new evidence pops up of Russia's military role in their country: Western journalists this week found destroyed Russian tanks in Donetsk - and very live (if somewhat drunk) Russian soldiers happy to socialize at one of the last cafés still open in Lugansk.
Ukrainian and foreign organizations plan to hold three independent exit polls on Oct. 26 to announce their results just after 8 p.m. on Election Day, when the voting ends.
Would territorial retreats whet Vladimir Putin’s imperialist appetite?
I'd be rich if I had a hryvnia for every time I've heard that question answered in the affirmative. Accordingly, if one concedes an inch to Putin, he'll take a mile. And, naturally, that mile will only be the prelude to many more miles. In sum, you can't concede an inch - or else.
DONETSK -- The clanging of repairs to tanks and heavy armoured vehicles rings out from a factory in eastern Ukraine that is owned by the country's richest man but was taken over by pro-Russian rebels.
Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) says on Oct. 23 it apprehended a high-level Russian intelligence agent and a commissioned military officer who has been continuously coordinating separatist activity inside the country since January.
ROSTOV-ON-DON - A total of 540 people dressed in military uniforms crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border through the Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints last week, the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Observer Mission in Russia's Rostov region, Paul Picard, told reporters on Oct. 24.
Ukraine's government and business community should be closely following the financial collapse of Mriya Agro Holding. At stake, according to investors, creditors and industry players, is the ability of cash-starved Ukrainian companies to get financing in the future.
Pro-Russian insurgents vowed to keep battling Ukrainian forces and retake eastern cities including the port of Mariupol as general elections near.
The burnt-out remains of dozens of tanks and armored vehicles in fields near this small village bear witness to the ferocity of a battle that turned the tide of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
In December, a group of activists pulled down the prominent statue of Bolshevik Revolution leader Vladimir Lenin on Shevchenko Boulevard.
The Internet is rife with mean-spirited jokes: At a news conference during recent talks in Milan, President Vladimir Putin made an off-color comment regarding a grandfather's genitals that caused a greater stir than the time back on Oct. 12, 1960, when former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe against the podium while addressing the United Nations.
On Oct. 16, the European Energy Commission published its European Energy Security Strategy on how to limit the potential disruption of reductions of Russian gas supplies to European countries as a consequence of the Russian-Ukrainian War. The European Commission "gas stress tests" show that the damage from a complete halt of Russian gas imports or from a lesser disruption of the Ukrainian transit route can be managed if Europe follows a cooperative approach of free sales of natural gas across borders, infrastructure development, rational storage and other measures.
Human Rights Watch has accused the Ukrainian military of using cluster bombs in the Donbass region. Kyiv denies the allegations and international observers question the reports.
Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it. I attribute this mainly to the fact that the European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.
VIENNA - Russia has refused to increase international monitoring of the border with Ukraine, the United States said on Oct. 22, after European security watchdog OSCE extended its observers' existing mandate at two checkpoints by a month.
Reports out of Milan regarding Oct. 17 much anticipated meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko indicate that little progress has been made toward resolving the nearly yearlong Ukraine crisis. This, given the broader political currents at play in Europe, is unsurprising.
Ukraine is ravaged by war, aggravating its economic and financial crisis. It needs major reforms but also substantial international assistance, not only credits but also ample grants. Its emergency calls for a Marshall Plan.
Russian special forces plotted a series of armed attacks against Ukrainian cabinet ministers and several other targets in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv this week, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine's counter-intelligence services (SSU), after a weapons cache was uncovered.
With the campaign for the Oct. 26 parliamentary race in its final days, a new poll conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation on Oct. 9-18 found that the Bloc of President Petro Poroshenko will get 30 percent of the vote, followed by Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party with 13 percent, and 11 percent for the People's Front party lead by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.