SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 20 (Reuters) – At least two people
were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city
controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already
fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider
After the deaths, Russia questioned whether Ukraine’s
Western-backed government was complying with the agreement,
brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made
Russia’s ties with the West more fraught than at any time since
the Cold War.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Gunfire erupted near a makeshift checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine early on Sunday, killing at least two people.
Separatists gave a higher casualty figure, saying they had come under attack from Ukrainian nationalist paramilitaries.
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.
KIEV/DONETSK, April 19 (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 recognise 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.
KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 19 (Reuters) – The Ukrainian
government said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over
the Easter weekend as its U.S. ally threatened Moscow with new
sanctions if it fails to persuade the militants to surrender.
The Kremlin denies having control over gunmen who want their
eastern regions to follow Crimea in being annexed by Russia.
Moscow scolded Washington for treating Russia like a “guilty
schoolboy” following their agreement in Geneva on Thursday that
Ukrainian militants should disarm and vacate occupied buildings.
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18 (Reuters) – A day after
an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis
in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their
occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further
sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.
Leaders of gunmen who have taken over city halls and other
sites in and around Donetsk this month in pursuit of demands for
a Crimea-style referendum on union with Russia, rejected the
agreement struck in Geneva by Ukraine, Russia, the United States
and European Union and demanded on Friday that the leaders of
the Kiev uprising must first quit their own government offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.