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Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014

As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts

BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) – After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine’s military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

    As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin.

Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014

Insight – As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts

BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) – After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine’s military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

As a result, the focus of German-led diplomatic efforts has shifted, according to senior officials, towards urging restraint from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and averting a humiliating defeat for pro-Russian rebels, a development that Berlin fears could elicit a strong response from Putin.

Aug 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 19, 2014

Advancing Ukraine troops take fight to heart of pro-Moscow rebellion

DONETSK Ukraine/BERLIN (Reuters) – A gun battle broke out in the center of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk and residents ran for cover from artillery fire on Tuesday, taking a government military offensive into the heart of the retreating pro-Moscow separatist rebellion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart will meet next week for the first time in months to try to end their confrontation over the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine, their offices said.

Aug 19, 2014
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