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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.

Mar 28, 2014

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.

Mar 24, 2014
Mar 24, 2014

Kiev woos oligarchs, bolstering east against Putin

DONETSK, Ukraine, March 24 (Reuters) – Even as a new alarm
sounds about it massing troops on the Ukrainian border, Russia
may have missed its chance to exploit unrest in the
Russian-speaking east to seize Ukraine’s industrial heartland in
the way it took Crimea.

A week after violence involving pro-Moscow separatists left
three people dead in border cities, the outlines of a consensus
have emerged between the new leaders in Kiev and the eastern
business oligarchs allied to ousted president Viktor Yanukovich.

Mar 22, 2014

German minister praises Kiev, Ukraine seeks EU energy

KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) – Germany’s foreign minister pledged to help the new Ukrainian government on Saturday and heard an appeal from the prime minister in Kiev that it will need energy from the European Union to secure it against Russia cutting supplies.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised premier Arseny Yatseniuk for statements aimed at reassuring Russian-speakers in the east of the country. Later, after visiting eastern business leaders, the German minister said he believed they backed Ukrainian unity and would oppose secession of the kind seen last week in Crimea.

Mar 20, 2014
Mar 20, 2014

Ukrainian troops dig in near Russian border

NEAR ANDRIIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian paratroopers with armored vehicles were digging in on Thursday near the Russian border as the military demonstrated its presence in the east following Kiev’s loss of Crimea to Moscow’s forces.

The soldiers, camped in tents with some two dozen trucks and BMD-1 combat vehicles, would not discuss their mission. They set up sandbags, strung barbed wire and carried out infantry drills in small groups next to a small quarry in rolling grain country, 30 km (20 miles) from the Russian border in Donetsk region.

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      "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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