Although Kostyantyn Zubov was not in Debaltseve when his fellow servicemen were leaving the town under enemy fire, he was just 18 kilometers away in Popasna, and saw the soldiers who had just left the trap on Feb. 18. They were headed to Artemivsk, some 46 kilometers away.
Editor's Note: The Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's few remaining sources of independent journalism, on March 2 published an interview with a Russian soldier assigned to a tank unit sent with his battalion to regain Russian control of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast. Ukrainian forces surrendered Debaltseve, a key railway hub with a pre-war population of 25,000 people, on Feb. 18.
Before she met Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, Ukrainian model Anna Duritska has allegedly tried her luck as a mail-order bride.
Ukrainian Anna Duritska, who was with Boris Nemtsov when he was killed in the street in Moscow on Feb. 27, has requested Russian authorities to let her return to Ukraine, but hasn't been allowed to do so for unclear reasons.
Editor's Note: The following is the English-language translation of an op-ed by Boris Nemtsov, originally published on Sept. 1, 2014 in the Kyiv Post. The Russian version of this op-ed appeared in Ukrainska Pravda. Nemtsov, the Russian opposition leader, was assassinated on Feb. 27 close to the Kremlin's Red Square, before he was going to lead a March 1 rally in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At first glance, and from the point of view of a sane person, the war between Russia and Ukraine is some sort of a nightmare, a madness that only brings grief, conflicts and problems to all.
Mykhailo Chechetov, former deputy head of the Party of Regions parliament faction in the time of the president Viktor Yanukovych, killed himself jumping out of the window of his apartment at 17 floor in Kyiv on the night of Feb. 27.
The main event of last week was the military victory by what President Vladimir Putin called "yesterday's tractor drivers" in Debaltseve. That statement is an almost verbatim replay of this very old Soviet-era joke: "TASS reports that a peaceful Soviet tractor came under fire from Chinese territory. The tractor immediately returned fire, destroying three enemy squadrons, then started its engines and flew into orbit. The tractor driver is reported to be feeling fine."
The events that have taken place after Minsk II indicate that Russia has actually produced an ultimatum to Ukraine, second Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma believes.
Editor's Note: This is an English-language translation done by the Kyiv Post of a leaked analytical note published by the Russian online newspaper Novaya Gazeta on Feb. 24. According to sources of Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's last independent newspapers, this document was written and provided to Russian President Vladimir Putin for consideration between Feb. 4-12, 2014, the same month that the EuroMaidan Revolution drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, 2014.
The United Kingdom stunned officials across Europe with a unilateral announcement that it would send 75 troops to Ukraine within the month to train the country's embattled forces in four skill sets – infantry, intelligence, logistics and medical.
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine – Vladimir remembers the day last summer when the Russian army entered Novoazovsk. The 73-year-old retiree, who fears reprisals if his full name is published, is playing chess on a bench by the Azov Sea. "We won't let war destroy of playing chess," he says.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- Despite the Minsk II cease-fire agreement, which was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, shelling from the Russian side has continued along the Mariupol front and Ukraine's military expect the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 people will be the target of a major Russian assault within the next weeks.
Four terrorists that attacked a peaceful rally in Kharkiv today were trained in Russia and using Russian weapons, the Security Service of Ukraine said today. They had planned a series of further attacks following the bombing, which killed at least two and wounded 11, but were arrested before they could carry them out.
Ukraine has closed 23 checkpoints on the border with Russia as the Kremlin build up forces close to the strategic port city of Mariupol, situated between Russia and Crimea in Donetsk Oblast.
An exhibition of Russian weapons captured from separatist and Russian forces during battles in the east of Ukraine opened in Kyiv on Feb. 21. The exhibition called "Presence" aims to prove Russian military involvement in Ukraine.
Amid a war going badly and a flailing economy, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will have more bad news to deal with next week when he finds his confectionary empire challenged in the courts by a British architecture firm. Despite an election campaign pledge made almost a year ago to sell Roshen, the billionaire president has hung on to the company.
Ukraine suffered a further blow today when separatists and Russian forces seized the village of Chornukhyne, located close to the city of Debaltseve.
I'm in Mariupol on the Azov Sea in Ukraine's southeast. This port city may be the next place to feel the full force of the “ceasefire” brokered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her sidekick, French President Francois Hollande. The officers from the Ukrainian battalion I'm with, say that around 70 Russian tanks, armored personnel carrier and self-propelled artillery pieces, which crossed the Russian border into Ukraine overnight, are trundling towards us.
The Kyiv Post examines potential Ukrainian-held targets for attack by Russian forces and their proxies.
Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers fled for their lives -- and most made it to safety -- after retreating overnight on Feb. 17-18 from the Donetsk Oblast city that they had been holding. They surrendered to the overwhelming military superiority of Russian forces and their proxies, which had been pounding the Ukrainian positions for weeks. An estimated several thousand Ukrainian soldiers had been holding Debaltseve, a once strategic railway junction with a pre-war population of 30,000 people, at the Donetsk-Luhansk oblast borders. It's not clear how many survived, how many were killed and how many were wounded in the escape.