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May 15, 2014

Elusive Muscovite with three names takes control of Ukraine rebels

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) – He is a man with three names, sought by Ukrainian intelligence as the top Russian operative in the separatist east. He moves through the streets in a black Mercedes, his face with pencil moustache hidden behind tinted windows, and his aim is to “destroy” Ukrainian forces that venture onto his territory.

In a leaflet distributed this week in the rebel Donetsk region, “Colonel Igor Strelkov” assumed command of all rebel forces there and called for Russian army help to ward off what he calls the threat from the Kiev “junta” and from NATO.

May 7, 2014

Multi-ethnic Odessa wrestles with legacy of day of killing

ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Odessa: the very name conjures up an archetypal melting pot, a balmy oasis of tolerance and diversity, as well as a tsarist port of imperial grandeur, immortalized in film.

But can a city forever associated with a massacre of civilians more than a century ago now avoid becoming known as the place where Ukraine’s regional unrest sparked into nationwide conflict?

May 7, 2014

Both sides bury dead as Ukraine slides towards war

KRAMATORSK/ODESSA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukraine slides further towards war, with supporters of Russia and of a united Ukraine accusing each other of tearing the country apart.

It was generally quieter on Tuesday than past days in most of eastern and southern Ukraine, but violence flared at dusk in the eastern port of Mariupol, where a spokesman for pro-Moscow militants told Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency that one person was killed and three wounded in an attack on a checkpoint.

Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 24 (Reuters)
- U krainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on
Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military
stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the
border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.

The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev’s
troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the
fighters, who have seized swaths of eastern Ukraine since April
6 and proclaimed an independent “People’s Republic of Donetsk.”

Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine forces say kill separatists in Slaviansk operation

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 24 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces
clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the
separatist-held city of Slaviansk on Thursday, seizing rebel
checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled
overhead.

Reuters journalists saw a Ukrainian detachment with five
armoured personnel carriers take over a checkpoint on a road
north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by
separatists who set tyres alight to cover their retreat.

Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of “consequences” if Kiev used the army against its own people.

Interior Ministry forces backed by the army removed three checkpoints manned by armed groups in the separatist-controlled town of Slaviansk, the ministry said in a statement.

Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine forces kill several separatists in Slaviansk operation

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the separatist-held city of Slaviansk on Thursday, seizing rebel checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled overhead.

Reuters journalists saw a Ukrainian military detachment with five armored personnel carriers take over a checkpoint on a road north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by separatists who set tires alight to cover their retreat.

Apr 24, 2014

Insight: Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

DONETSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by “Russia’s Bernie Madoff”; the other is a burly Soviet Navy veteran turned soap factory boss, with a shifting gaze and a glint of gold teeth.

In an uprising whose calling cards are the Kalashnikov and the black balaclava, Denis Pushilin and Vyacheslav Ponomaryov have become the unmasked faces of the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has plunged Moscow and the West into their most ominous confrontation since the Cold War.

Apr 23, 2014

Ukraine revolt shows faces, but whose are the brains?

DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – One is a dapper former croupier and promoter of Ponzi scams run by “Russia’s Bernie Madoff”; the other is a burly Soviet Navy veteran turned soap factory boss, with a shifting gaze and a glint of gold teeth.

In an uprising whose calling cards are the Kalashnikov and the black balaclava, Denis Pushilin and Vyacheslav Ponomaryov have become the unmasked faces of the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine that has plunged Moscow and the West into their most ominous confrontation since the Cold War.

Apr 22, 2014

Ukraine leader urges crackdown as peace eludes east

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s
acting president accused Russia of aiding “terrorists” who
killed a politician from his own party, urging a crackdown in
the east on Tuesday that could hamper international efforts to
defuse the crisis.

As Vice President Joe Biden flew home from a brief visit to
demonstrate solidarity with Kiev’s new leaders against Moscow,
Oleksander Turchinov called on security forces to relaunch an
operation against pro-Russian separatists that was suspended
after a deal with Moscow last week on disarming militants.