WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama, in a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House on Sept. 18, said the United States would continue to mobilize the international community to reach a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine.
YAVORIV MILITARY RANGE, Ukraine - The Ukrainian troops put on camouflage paint and hide in tall grass by the side of the road. They have information that an enemy convoy will be passing by soon.
The 23rd floor of the Hotel Viru in Tallinn has been carefully preserved as a reminder of Estonia's past. Like much else in the Soviet era, it did not officially exist even though everyone knew it was there. It was where the KGB sat every day and night to eavesdrop on the conversations of the hotel's mostly foreign guests. It remains today as it was when the Soviet spies hastily evacuated at Estonian independence 23 years ago, leaving their listening equipment behind them.
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.
WARSAW - Poland will create a joint military unit with Lithuania and Ukraine, with its command headquarters in the eastern Polish city of Lublin, the Polish president's office said on Sept. 18.
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.
BRUSSELS - Russia has demanded changes to a free-trade deal between Ukraine and the European Union, underlining that Moscow was not satisfied by a last-minute concession from the EU to delay implementing the pact at the heart of the conflict in Ukraine.
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.
When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko visits Washington on Sept. 18, he will almost certainly again ask for U.S. military assistance, including defensive weapons. President Barack Obama should say yes. Arming Kyiv can deter Russian Vladimir Putin from further aggression and support the fragile Ukraine ceasefire and settlement process. Doing so would also bolster U.S. efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation.
The governments of Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania will sign an agreement on the creation of a trilateral joint brigade on Friday, Sep. 19, the Polish presidential press service reported.
Russia has deployed about 5,000 soldiers in eastern Ukraine to back separatist rebels, a Defense Ministry official in Kyiv said as fighting flared up on Sept. 18 at Donetsk airport.
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.
A thousand miles from Moscow, on a wooden bench in the yard of her parents' house, Oksana shares memories of her brother Konstantin. She shows me the medal he'd been awarded for military service in the North Caucasus; some of his army photos, too, including a portrait on a military pendant.
Russia's state-controlled television and propaganda is fixated on Scotland, in part because Britain is one of the foundation stones of Western society. If something goes wrong there, it will provoke foolhardy gloating in Russia.
If any Crimean Tatar had hoped that fears about Russia’s occupation of their homeland were unfounded, hope died on Sept 17. The Mejlis, or representative body of the Crimean Tatar People has been given 24 hours to 'vacate' their headquarters in Simferopol. Associations with the Deportation when all Crimean Tatars were given just half an hour to prepare for exile are perhaps exaggerated, however the reminders of Soviet repression are increasing by the day.
Editor's Note: The following is the transcript of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's speech to the Canadian parliament in Ottawa on Sept. 17.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is in Canada today for an official visit. He comes to Canada at a time when his own country faces down a revanchist Russia that seeks to re-establish its empire. After the illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea in March, Russian troops have now invaded southeastern Ukraine. Western democracies have been unequivocal in their condemnation of Vladimir Putin’s aggression, but they have thus far been unwilling to take the necessary measures to stop him. This has sent Mr. Putin a dangerous signal – that his behavior, though unwelcome, will be tolerated.