DONETSK, Ukraine – The beautiful weather stands in sharp contrast to the desperation rising in Donetsk, a place that neither Russia nor Ukraine seem to really want anymore.
A top commander of Russian-backed forces in Luhansk has been assassinated, along with several members of his entourage.
Moscow says it's sticking to a ceasefire agreement.
Russian opposition activists have released a report started by the late Boris Nemtsov detailing Russia's military aggression in Ukraine.
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Germany's chancellor, Russia’s president defended the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which the USSR signed with Nazi Germany in 1939 to carve up Eastern Europe, in turn triggering the onset of World War II.
Amid growing signs of a standoff between the Kremlin and Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov – and persistent rumors of infighting among Russian-backed separatists who control parts of the Donbas – Chechen fighters have left the battlefield in eastern Ukraine.
Five Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the last day while combined Russian-separatist forces have a “powerful strike force” of 3,000 soldiers andseveral dozen armored vehicles facing the Azov Sea coastal city of Mariupol in Donetsk Oblast, military analyst Dmytro Tymchuk said.
On the May 1 Labor Day holiday, Kremlin-backed separatist leader Oleksandr Zakharchenko said that his forces would take more territory around his home base of Donetsk to “guarantee the safety of our land” from attacks by the Ukrainian military.
One Ukrainian soldier was killed and 10 wounded in the last 48 hours in war-weary eastern Ukraine where combined Russian-separatist forces resumed the use of heavy weapons, including Grad rocket launchers and tanks on military positions.
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Full-scale war can flare up instantly, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warned at the International Support for Ukraine converence in Kyiv on April 28.
SHYROKYNE, Ukraine -- After skirmishes picked up again in the embattled town of Shyrokyne –the one place standing between pro-Russian insurgents and Mariupol – Ukrainian forces said on April 21 they had no intention of withdrawing weaponry from the frontlines despite a tentative agreement to do so.
Oleksander Usyk, the undefeated Ukrainian boxer notorious for colorful performances with a high dose of patriotism, beat Russia’s Andrei Knyazev in an eighth round technical knock out in front of an emotional crowd at Kyiv’s Palace of Sports.
Ukraine is beefing up security measures after a series of high-profile murders in Kyiv as a mysterious unknown group took responsibility for them on April 17.
SHYROKYNE, Ukraine - As the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine remains such in name only, international monitors have shifted their focus to the Donetsk Oblast village of Shyrokyne, where fighting between Russian-backed insurgents and Ukrainian forces has intensified in recent weeks.
As Ukrainian forces faced 20 attacks by Kremlin-led militants in the past 48 hours and spotted 30 enemy drones probing their positions, an unnamed NATO official said that Russia has sent additional military manpower and arms to Donbas, according to a news report by the FrankruterAllgemeine Zeitung that interviewed the person.
A Russian fighter's confession that he killed 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war may be considered evidence of war crimes in court if the authenticity of the recording is confirmed, human rights and legal experts say.
The Security Service of Ukraine has opened an investigation into the torture and murder of Ukrainian prisoner of war Ihor Branovytsky by Kremlin backed-insurgents, Vasil Vovk, head of the service’s main investigative department, told reporters at Branovytsky’s funeral on April 3.
A report released by the International Crisis Group has warned of further violence brewing in eastern Ukraine, where a “command crisis” by the Ukrainian military threatens to give the upper hand to Russian forces and their separatist proxies in new attacks.