The scale of the devastation suffered by Ukrainian forces in southeastern Ukraine over the last week has to be seen to be believed. It amounts to a catastrophic defeat and will long be remembered by embittered Ukrainians as among the darkest days of their history.
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Anton Tumanov, 20, was brought home to Kozmodemyansk (Mari El Republic, Russia) in a sealed coffin.
Editor’s Note: The following is written testimony given by Edward Lucas to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in the U.K. on Sept. 3, 2014.
Officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Majors Oleksandr Kandesiuk and Oleksiy Shepeliuk of the 51st brigade, after having been encircled, blew themselves up together with 12 Russian paratroopers, Ukraine's defense ministry has said.
MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- After a public handshake between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk on Aug. 26, hopes for peace have vanished as Ukraine and its allies say Russia has sent more than 1,000 regular troops into the two easternmost oblasts of Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's stealth war of attrition may be paying off. As evidence mounts that pro-Russian separatists are being supplied with new weapons from across the border, some Ukrainian soldiers are now refusing to fight.
Dnipro-1 battalion commander Vladimir Shilov called Ukraine's military leaders at best incompetent and, at worst, betrayers of their soldiers on the front lines in Russia's war against Ukraine.
On Aug. 24, when most of Ukraine was celebrating its independence from the Soviet Union, pro-Russian separatists of Donetsk People's Republic forced imprisoned Ukrainian servicemen to parade on the main street of Donetsk in front of hundreds of local supporters.
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine -- When the Donbas Battalion stormed Russian separatist-held Ilovaisk on Aug. 18 and raised the Ukrainian flag without a single casualty, the Ukrainian media quickly reported a victory for the country’s anti-terrorism operation against Kremlin-backed insurgents.
Ukraine received new evidence of Russian soldiers fighting on its territory when the army captured two armored personnel carriers on Aug. 20, which carried many valuable – and incriminating – documents.
An American has reportedly become the first foreign casualty on the Ukrainian side of the military conflict against Russian mercenaries and Kremlin-backed forces in eastern Ukraine.
SNIZHNE, Ukraine - The rebel leader in Donetsk has said a column of military hardware is on its way to eastern Ukraine from Russia. Meanwhile, his fighters appeared to bolster their positions on the front lines, where they are fighting pitched battles with government forces in a desperate attempt to hold onto their ever-shrinking territory.
MOSCOW — Russia's Defence Ministry on Friday denied that Ukrainian forces had destroyed a Russian military column overnight on its territory, saying no such military force had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine, Russian state news agency RIA reported.
The most interesting thing over the past 24 hours was the Russian military convoy passing through the border into Ukraine, witnessed and photographed by Western and even Russian media outlets.
Massive damage to infrastructure due to warfare in eastern Ukraine is already hitting the local economy hard, and will continue to do so for years to come due to costly and lengthy repairs required.
A column of armoured vehicles and military trucks crossed the border from Russia into Ukraine on on Aug. 14 night, in the first confirmed sighting of such an incident by Western journalists.
A convoy of nearly 300 trucks carrying what Russian officials say is humanitarian aid for civilians has halted along a road near the city of Yelets, Lipetsk Oblast, Reuters reported. Yelets is some 600 kilometers from the Izvaryne Ukrainian border crossing, where the aid could enter Ukraine.
Thousands of troops were surrounded by pro-Russian rebels and saved from death by Kyiv, but now several border crossings are completely open to the Russian military.
SLOVYANSK, UKRAINE - On a warm June morning, a dozen masked, armed men burst into the Church of the Transfiguration in the Ukrainian town of Slovyansk, demanding to know who among its 300 congregants owned the four expensive vehicles parked in front.