DONETSK, Ukraine - It was a cold, gray afternoon in late October. On the central square, teenagers handed out flags of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, while watched closely by armed men in camouflage. Heavy shelling from the suburbs shook windows in their frames, but members of the small crowd at the Donetsk Music and Drama Theater, facing the square, pretended not to notice as they filed in for a Sunday matinee performance.
Ukraine has informed the European Union, Belarus and Moldova of contraband flows of goods, including coal, from the territories controlled by militants, Chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko has said.
DONETSK, Ukraine - For hours, small crowds in Donetsk huddle hopefully in the cold around cash machines that never get filled, as artillery rumbles in the distance.
CHISINAU - Moldova President Nicolae Timofti urged citizens in an address, broadcast by Moldova-1 television on Nov. 25, to vote for the country's European future in the Nov. 30 parliamentary elections.
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine includes 301 observers, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
The Nov. 20 shooting of the Ukrainian territory from Russia in the breach of Minsk agreements is an act of aggression by Moscow. Kyiv urges the international community to condemn these actions and step up pressure on Kremlin, Spokesman of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Yevhen Perebyinis has said.
The Ukrainian government has approved the procedure for making social payments (pensions, stipends, compensation, etc) to persons who move from the temporarily occupied territory of the country and the area of the anti-terrorist operation.
POLTAVA - Russian singer Iosif Kobzon has been stripped off the title of honorary citizen of Poltava.
Despite the ongoing political conflict in the region, Ukraine has a thriving startup industry. At a recent investor conference, 19 Ukrainian startups were awarded top honours across the board, and venture capital firms are investing heavily in the region.
Roshen Confectionery Corporation has started building a new caramel production line on the territory of the second stage of Vinnytsia confectionery factory, commissioned in 2012.
BRUSSELS - The so-called treaty between Russia and Abkhazia does not contribute to a lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said.
The Hebei Tangshan bulk carrier (the China flag) has delivered 36,000 tonnes of coking coal from Australia to Mariupol port for local steel mills.
PARIS/MOSCOW - A decision on the expediency of the presence of the Russian crew of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok in Saint Nazaire will be made before Dec. 1 and the sailors may return to Kronstadt, a military diplomat told Interfax-AVN on Nov. 25.
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.
One of imprisoned Ukrainian soldiers, who had been defending Donetsk airport, was released on Monday after being three month in militants' captivity, Spokesman of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Andriy Lysenko has said.
When Russia seized Crimea in early 2014, it is accused of employing local organized crime groups to provide local muscle and help make sure the annexation process went ahead unopposed. In this exclusive interview, Dr. Mark Galeotti talks to Senior Voice of America Washington Correspondent Jeffrey Young about the complex relationship between the Putin government and organized crime.
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.
The Ukrainian village of Krymske lies on the front line. Government forces are dug in around the village, and civilians face frequent artillery fire from Russian-backed separatists.