Specialist Desk Editor, World Desk, London
Alastair's Feed
Mar 18, 2014

Ukraine bolsters frontier as Russia takes Crimea

UKRAINIAN-RUSSIAN FRONTIER (Reuters) – Ukraine has strengthened frontier defenses with Russia following Moscow’s seizure of Crimea but there is no sign of a major troop build-up in a region where some say they would welcome a Russian takeover.

On a day when a Ukrainian soldier became the first fatal casualty in the confrontation on the Black Sea peninsula, at the southernmost crossing between the two countries, where Ukraine dug anti-tank ditches this week, Kiev’s frontier guards were keen to play down the Russian threat and hope for the best.

Mar 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014
Mar 17, 2014

Moscow wins Crimea vote, West readies sanctions

SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) – Crimea’s Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favour of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions.

As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its power to turn the United States to “radioactive ash”, President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose “additional costs” on Moscow for violating Ukraine’s territory.

Mar 17, 2014

As Russia closes in, Ukrainians fearful, defiant

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian museum caretaker Valentin knows what it’s like when Moscow sends in troops to occupy a reluctant ally – he was there, in Red Army uniform, when Soviet tanks rolled in to crush the Prague Spring in 1968.

“We were the occupiers then. Now we are the ones who are being occupied by the Russians,” he said, shaking his head at the irony of history which sees Ukraine, long Moscow’s closest partner, losing Crimea after Sunday’s Kremlin-backed referendum there and fearing further invasion from the east.

Mar 17, 2014

Moscow wins overwhelming Crimea vote, West readies sanctions

SIMFEROPOL/KIEV (Reuters) – Crimea’s Moscow-backed leaders declared a 96-percent vote in favor of quitting Ukraine and annexation by Russia in a referendum Western powers said was illegal and will bring immediate sanctions.

As state media in Russia carried a startling reminder of its

power to turn the United States to “radioactive ash”, President Barack Obama spoke to Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling the Russian president that he and his European allies were ready to impose “additional costs” on Moscow for violating Ukraine’s territory.

Mar 15, 2014
Mar 15, 2014
Mar 15, 2014

Ukraine says Kremlin stirs up east, prepares invasion

KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) – Ukraine accused “Kremlin agents” on Saturday of fomenting deadly violence in Russian-speaking cities and urged people not to rise to provocations its new leaders fear Moscow may use to justify a further invasion after its takeover of Crimea.

From his speaker’s chair in parliament, acting president Oleksander Turchinov referred to three deaths in two days in Donetsk and Kharkiv and said there was “a real danger” of invasion by Russian troops across Ukraine’s eastern border.

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.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      English, French, Russian, German, Italian
    • More from Alastair

    • Contact Alastair

    • Follow Alastair