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Aug 30, 2014

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU ready to prepare sanctions

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Saturday Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled they were ready to prepare more sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, said he was still holding out hope for a political solution but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks in his country.

Aug 30, 2014

EU leaders to threaten extra Russia sanctions, agree new team

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine on Saturday but, fearful of a new Cold War and self-inflicted harm on their own economies, should give Moscow another chance to make peace.

At a summit in Brussels that may hand one of the Union’s top jobs to Poland’s premier and give hawkish Kremlin critics in ex-communist Eastern Europe new influence in the bloc, EU officials gave Ukraine’s embattled President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome and assurances of further economic and other support.

Aug 29, 2014

Ukraine wants weapons, does not expect NATO intervention: envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine wants supplies of weapons but does not expect NATO to send soldiers to help it fight Russian troops in its eastern provinces, Kiev’s ambassador to NATO said on Friday.

Asked if any NATO member was currently supplying Ukraine with arms, Ihor Dolhov told reporters after an emergency meeting with NATO ambassadors: “No, unfortunately not.”

Aug 28, 2014

More than 1,000 Russian troops operating in Ukraine: NATO

MONS Belgium (Reuters) – Well over 1,000 Russian troops are operating inside Ukraine, marking a significant escalation of Moscow’s military involvement in the country, NATO said on Thursday.

The alliance released satellite images it said showed Russian combat forces, armed with heavy weapons, engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory.

Aug 27, 2014

Ukraine crisis forces European defence spending rethink

BRUSSELS, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir
Putin’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine may achieve what
successive U.S. defence secretaries have failed to do –
persuade European NATO members to spend more on their armed

The Ukraine crisis has been a reality check for NATO
countries that believed they no longer faced a pressing military
threat following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Aug 15, 2014

EU gives European governments go-ahead to arm Iraqi Kurds

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union gave a green light on Friday to individual EU governments to supply arms and ammunition to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamist militants, provided they had the consent of authorities in Baghdad.

EU foreign ministers holding an emergency meeting in Brussels on the Iraq and Ukraine crises welcomed the decision by several EU governments to send weapons in response to an appeal by Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.

Aug 15, 2014

EU unity on Russia sanctions fraying despite tough talk

BRUSSELS, Aug 15 (Reuters) – European Union foreign
ministers voiced concern on Friday at reports that Russian
military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight, but behind
the tough talk there were signs that EU unity over sanctions
against Moscow was fraying.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was alarmed
by reports in British papers that at least 23 Russian military
vehicles had crossed the border, and warned Moscow of serious
consequences if it did not withdraw any forces it had there.

Aug 15, 2014

NATO accuses Moscow of escalating Ukraine conflict

BRUSSELS/KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY Russia (Reuters) – NATO accused the Kremlin on Friday of escalating the conflict in Ukraine, following reports that a small column of Russian armored vehicles had crossed overnight into an area of Ukraine where pro-Moscow rebels are battling government forces.

The Russian government denied its troops had entered Ukraine, but the media reports risked further inflaming tensions between Moscow and the West, which have already imposed costly economic restrictions on each other.

Aug 14, 2014

EU hopes to build support group for Iraq against Islamic State

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union hopes to build a “support group” with Middle Eastern countries, including Iran, to help Iraq stave off the threat from Islamic State fighters, a senior EU official said on Thursday.

EU foreign ministers, who will hold emergency talks on the Iraq crisis in Brussels on Friday, will discuss how “with all the … countries in the region we could form some sort of supporting group toward Iraq,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Aug 13, 2014

EU looking at how to stop Islamic State oil sales from Syria

BRUSSELS, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The European Union is looking
into how it could tighten sanctions to stop Islamic State
militants from selling oil from fields they have overrun in
Syria, a European diplomat said on Wednesday.

The issue could come up at an emergency meeting of EU
foreign ministers called for Friday to discuss the humanitarian
and security crisis in Iraq, where Islamic State fighters have
made startling gains.

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