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Jul 25, 2014

Ukrainian prime minister quits, parties force new election

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.

Earlier on Thursday, two parties quit the government coalition, forcing new elections to a parliament whose make-up has not changed since before the toppling of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich in February.

Jul 24, 2014

Ukrainian PM tenders resignation, election looms

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over the country’s increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.

Earlier on Thursday two parties quit a parliamentary coalition, a move that opened the way for a new election to clear what a politician called “Moscow agents” from the chamber, a decision welcomed by President Petro Poroshenko.

Jul 21, 2014

Once joined in Soviet Union, Ukraine, Russia never further apart

KIEV (Reuters) – Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began.

Despite asking everyone to steer clear of politics, bringing together relatives from Russia and Ukraine a day after Kiev accused Moscow of arming rebels to bring down an airliner was never going to be easy.

Jul 18, 2014

New U.S. sanctions hit top Russian firms; Kiev says Russia shoots down its jet

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

In the latest escalation of the conflict on the Ukrainian-Russian frontier, Kiev said a Russian jet had shot down one of its warplanes, its strongest accusation yet of direct Russian military involvement in the war. A Ukrainian military spokesman said the pilot of the SU-25 fighter ejected to safety.

Jul 17, 2014

New U.S. sanctions over Ukraine crisis hit Russia’s top firms

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

After months of measures that hit only individuals and smaller firms, Washington imposed sanctions on Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft, its second largest gas producer Novatek and its third largest bank Gazprombank. The firms are run by Putin allies who have become wealthy during his tenure.

Jul 17, 2014

U.S. slaps toughest sanctions yet on Russia, targets Putin allies

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Russia, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over what Washington says is Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

By imposing penalties on Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft, its second largest gas producer Novatek and its third largest bank Gazprombank, Washington targeted Putin’s allies, many of whom have become wealthy during his tenure.

Jul 16, 2014

Tumbling car sales in Russia dampen fanfare for new sedan

TOGLIATTI, Russia, July 16 (Reuters) – To the pounding beat
of house music and a triumphant trip down memory lane, the
launch of Datsun’s on-Do family sedan at Russia’s largest
automaker on Monday was hailed as a sure success.

Manufactured by Avtovaz for Japan’s Nissan, the on-Do, a
1970s icon, is aimed at the growing ranks of “up-and-coming”
Russian families who want to own a foreign car but cannot afford
upmarket models.

Jul 6, 2014

Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians

MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters) – When she was asked to give up a
day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana
could not hide her anger – why should she subsidise others when
struggling to make ends meet herself?

Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine,
Tatyana was caught up in the euphoria that gripped the nation
when Russia annexed Crimea in March and still welcomes “our”
people back in the fold.

Jun 9, 2014

‘Patriot’s handbook’ may give insight into Putin’s thoughts

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Oleg Makarenko wants to set the story straight and answer the “Russophobes” who he says are trying to split and humiliate Russia.

His website Ruxpert (www.ruxpert.ru) may not command the viewer numbers of Wikipedia which inspired it, but inside Russia it holds a prominent position in what Makarenko calls an information war with the West.

May 18, 2014

Insight – Failing Ukraine state plays in to Russia’s hands

KIEV (Reuters) – In late February, just two days after pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev, Ukraine’s parliament repealed a law enshrining the rights of Russian-speakers to use their first language. 

    Ukraine’s Russian speakers, concentrated in the east and the south where the law applied, viewed the action as vengeful. In Moscow, Russia’s leaders saw an opportunity.