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Jun 14, 2014

Rebels shoot down Ukrainian military plane, 49 killed

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army transport plane with an anti-aircraft missile as it came in to land early on Saturday in the eastern city of Luhansk, killing all 49 military personnel on board.

The toll is the highest suffered by government forces in a single incident since they launched a military operation to halt the rebellion in east Ukraine against the country’s pro-European leaders in Kiev and to try to prevent the country splitting up.

Jun 13, 2014

Ukrainian forces reclaim port city from rebels

MARIUPOL Ukraine (Reuters) – The Ukrainian flag fluttered over the regional headquarters of Mariupol on Friday after government forces reclaimed the port city from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting and said they had regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia.

The advances are significant victories for the pro-European leadership in a military operation to crush the armed rebellion, which began in east Ukraine in April, and hold the former Soviet republic of 45 million together.

Jun 3, 2014

Floods to drive Serbia into recession: economists

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The worst flooding to hit the Balkans in living memory looks likely to push Serbia into recession this year, two leading Serbian economists warned on Tuesday.

Miladin Kovacevic, deputy director of Serbia’s Statistics Office, told Reuters his “educated guess” was for a contraction of about 1.5 percent due to the damage suffered by the agricultural and energy sectors in last month’s floods.

Jun 2, 2014

Serbian PM demands OSCE apology over allegations of censorship

BELGRADE, June 2 (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister
demanded an apology from Europe’s chief security and rights
watchdog on Monday after it accused his government of trying to
smother online criticism of its handling of devastating floods
last month.

Dunja Mijatovic, freedom of media representative for the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said
in a statement last week she was deeply concerned about what she
described as a “worrying trend of online censorship in Serbia”.

May 22, 2014

Balkans confronts risk of disease after devastating floods

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO, May 22 (Reuters) – Serbia’s agriculture
ministry appealed for chlorine bleach, quicklime and
disinfectant on Thursday to stem the risk of disease after the
worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory.

The regional death toll ticked up to 50, and may rise
further given a list of missing in Serbia that runs into the
hundreds.

May 15, 2014

Rebel commander warns of onslaught on Ukrainian forces

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – A senior rebel commander in Ukraine’s separatist eastern region has threatened an onslaught on Ukrainian military checkpoints if they are not withdrawn on Thursday, according to a video posted on the Facebook page of a rebel politician.

Sergei Zdrilyuk, dressed in military fatigues, clearly tired and sometimes mixing his words, said he had covert groups already in place. “I am ready to draw the first blood myself.”

May 15, 2014

Insight – 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 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.