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Apr 19, 2014

Ukraine rabbi seeks end to anti-Semitism row – in vain

DONETSK/KIEV (Reuters) – A Ukrainian rabbi whose congregation was the target of an anti-Semitic leaflet that drew global media interest and condemnation from the U.S. government believes it was a hoax and wants to put the matter to rest.

But five days after the incident in the restive eastern city of Donetsk, Ukraine’s prime minister, anxious to maintain U.S. support against Russia, issued a statement accusing Moscow and told a U.S. TV channel he would find the “bastards” responsible.

Apr 19, 2014

Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) – A mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow.

Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev’s U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014
Apr 18, 2014

East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine’s rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday.

A day after Ukraine and Russia agreed that protest sit-ins must end, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine said they would not quit occupied public buildings and pro-Western activists in the capital insisted they would not dismantle their Maidan camp, which helped topple the Kremlin-backed president.

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine government pledges Russian language rights

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s acting president and prime minister offered some of their strongest pledges yet on Friday to strengthen constitutional rights to use the Russian language in an effort to defuse separatist protests.

In a joint televised address, acting President Oleksander Turchinov and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk called for national unity, urged people to refrain from violence and said they would support constitutional change and decentralizing more power to local councils, including over their official language – a central demand of Russian-speaking protesters in the east.

Apr 17, 2014

Ukraine local boss puts price on head of Russian ‘saboteurs’

KIEV (Reuters) – A billionaire regional governor in eastern Ukraine put a $10,000 bounty on the head of any Russian “saboteur” on Thursday and pledged a reward for the Ukrainian troops who shot protesters at their base overnight.

Aides to banking and energy tycoon Igor Kolomoisky, who was appointed last month by the new government in Kiev to run the industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk, also offered payments for weapons handed in to the local authorities and a reward of $200,000 for anyone who “liberated” an occupied public building.

Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Insight – City on the edge holds key to Ukraine future

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Lenin looks out on Donetsk, unmoved, anthracite grey and steely eyed. But a century after his revolution, this Ukrainian industrial city of Porsches and poverty seethes around him.

It is torn between its Soviet past, a corrupt and unhappy present and a future somewhere between Russia and the West.

    • 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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