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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 separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hope to date of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Apr 18, 2014

Pro-Russian separatist leader says not bound by Geneva deal

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – The self-declared leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, on Friday said he does not consider his men to be bound by an agreement between Russia and Ukraine requiring illegal groups to disarm and vacate buildings.

The Geneva agreement, signed by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday, requires all illegal armed groups to disarm and end to the illegal occupation of public buildings, streets and squares.

Apr 17, 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine not about to end sit-ins

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists occupying public buildings in eastern Ukraine reacted to an international accord to defuse the crisis on Thursday by saying they would not agree to leave the sites before other major conditions were met.

The Ukrainian and Russian governments, along with the United States and European Union, signed an agreement in Geneva that said: “All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”

Apr 17, 2014

Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of “abyss”

MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict.

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier.

Apr 17, 2014

Kiev says three separatists killed in attempted storming of base

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three attackers were killed in the shooting that followed, making it the bloodiest incident so far in a 10 day uprising in the east.

A single grey police jeep was inside the compound on Thursday morning with broken windows, flat tires and bent doors. The gates of the compound had been flattened. There were shell casings outside the gates and several unused petrol bombs.

Apr 17, 2014

Bloodshed in eastern Ukraine heightens fear as talks start

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard in an eastern city overnight and Kiev said three of the militants were killed, bloodshed likely to overshadow crisis talks in Geneva.

Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Switzerland, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine.

Mar 28, 2014

Once a storied seaside resort, Crimea’s tourism in doubt

YALTA/SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – A few months ago, 2014 looked like it might shape up as a decent year for Crimean tour operator Gulzade Odamanova, who even had a few dozen overseas bookings on her calendar from Germans, Poles and the occasional Italian.

But after the picturesque Black Sea peninsula was seized by Russian troops this month, all of the foreigners canceled.

Mar 26, 2014

Russia frees Ukrainian officers ‘illegally’ held in Crimea

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) – An airbase commander who has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance in Crimea was released by Russian forces after being “illegally” detained, Ukraine’s acting president said on Wednesday.

The freeing of Colonel Yuliy Mamchur, along with three fellow officers, follows Russia’s takeover of the last military ship controlled by Ukraine in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula whose largely bloodless annexation Ukraine refuses to recognize.