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Mar 11, 2014

Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

SEVASTOPOL/KIEV, March 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government
appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing
Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops,
seemed fixed on a course that could formalise rule from Moscow
within days.

With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in
their bases, the new authorities in Kiev painted a sorry picture
of the military bequeathed them by the pro-Moscow president
overthrown two weeks ago. They announced the raising of a new
National Guard to be drawn from volunteers among veterans.

Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014

Ukraine forms new defense force, seeks Western help

KIEV/SEVASTOPOL (Reuters) – Ukraine’s interim leaders established a new National Guard on Tuesday and appealed to the United States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty.

Blaming their ousted predecessors for the weakness of their own armed forces, acting ministers told parliament Ukraine had as few as 6,000 combat-ready infantry and that the air force was outnumbered nearly 100 to 1 by Moscow’s superpower forces.

Feb 17, 2014
Feb 17, 2014

Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue – nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points.

The trouble for investors in Britain, and anyone taking a view on whether the United Kingdom survives, is they don’t vote for another seven months and many Scots say they may change their mind by September 18. That has drawn significant betting on a Yes vote and may well upset so far sanguine financial markets.

Feb 17, 2014

Insight – Bet Scots will say No, but hedge the referendum

LONDON (Reuters) – If Scots vote now on independence, their 307-year-old union with England will continue – nine polls since December show the No vote winning their referendum by anywhere from 8 to 28 percentage points.

The trouble for investors in Britain, and anyone taking a view on whether the United Kingdom survives, is they don’t vote for another seven months and many Scots say they may change their mind by September 18. That has drawn significant betting on a Yes vote and may well upset so far sanguine financial markets.

Feb 7, 2014
Feb 7, 2014

Leaks, barbs, dirty tricks as Russia, West feud over Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the first Games in Russia since the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 summer edition, the showdown over Ukraine produced frosty Cold War rhetoric, with a Kremlin aide warning Moscow might act to block U.S. “interference” in Kiev.

Feb 7, 2014

Moscow accuses U.S. of fomenting Ukraine coup; recordings leaked

KIEV (Reuters) – An east-west struggle over Ukraine turned nastier as Moscow accused the United States of fomenting a coup and Washington pointed a finger at Russia for leaking a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin prepared to open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, the first Games in Russia since the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 summer edition, the showdown over Ukraine produced chilly Cold War rhetoric, with a Kremlin aide warning Moscow might act to block U.S. “interference” in Kiev.

Feb 6, 2014

Ukraine leader to Sochi as Kremlin warns may act against “coup”

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s embattled president flew to Russia on Thursday as a senior Kremlin aide urged him to stamp out a standoff on the streets, calling it an attempted coup financed and armed by the United States.

Caught in a rip-tide of competing enticements and threats from Russia and the West, President Viktor Yanukovich flew to Sochi where he was expected to meet Vladimir Putin before the Russian leader opens the Winter Olympics on Friday evening.

    • About Alastair

      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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