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Jun 4, 2015

Ukraine’s Poroshenko warns of Russian invasion threat after fighting surge

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president told his military on Thursday to be prepared for the possibility of a “full-scale invasion” by Russia across the entire length of the joint border, a day after the worst fighting with Russian-backed separatists in months.

His address in parliament was one of the first times Petro Poroshenko has used the word “invasion” to refer to Russia’s behaviour since the start of a separatist rebellion in the east in which the United Nations says more than 6,400 people have been killed.

May 26, 2015

Ukraine sees early debt restructuring after Ukreximbank deal

KIEV, May 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Tuesday expressed
confidence it would complete a debt restructuring to clear the
way for fresh IMF aid next month after state-run Ukreximbank
tied up a deal with a bondholders’ committee to extend
maturities on $1.5 billion of Eurobonds.

Near-bankrupt Ukraine is holding talks to restructure
sovereign and state-guaranteed debt to plug a $15.3 billion
funding gap required under an International Monetary Fund-backed
$40 billion bailout programme.

May 18, 2015

Ukraine says it will prosecute captured Russian soldiers for ‘terrorist’ acts

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine on Monday accused two Russian servicemen it said it had captured of being part of a special forces group that had killed and wounded Ukrainian servicemen in fighting in its eastern regions and said they would be prosecuted for “terrorist acts”.

The Ukrainians seized on the capture of the two Russians, both wounded, to boost their accusations of direct Russian military involvement in the separatist conflict despite a ceasefire signed in February. But Russia denied any role there.

May 17, 2015

Analysis – West clings to fraying Ukraine peace deal despite Kiev doubts

KIEV (Reuters) – Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine and forcing Kiev to follow suit, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of wavering and NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive.

The United States and European Union are still backing the three-month old ceasefire, despite a growing feeling that it is in its death throes, telling Putin that sanctions will remain if he does not honour his promises.

May 17, 2015

West clings to fraying Ukraine peace deal despite Kiev doubts

KIEV (Reuters) – Western powers are clinging to a fraying peace deal in Ukraine and forcing Kiev to follow suit, even though Russian President Vladimir Putin shows no sign of wavering and NATO is warning that Moscow may be preparing for a new offensive.

The United States and European Union are still backing the three-month old ceasefire, despite a growing feeling that it is in its death throes, telling Putin that sanctions will remain if he does not honor his promises.

May 7, 2015

Separatist conflict colors Ukraine’s war anniversary events

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Of all the medals on his military tunic, it is the one marking his role in the UPA Ukrainian nationalist resistance fighting Nazis, Poles and Soviets in the war that ended 70 years ago on Saturday that gives Vasyl Chelepys the most pride.

Gaunt and white-haired, he is now 92 and loses himself in memories of combat, arrest, comrades executed, a commuted death sentence and years in a Soviet labor camp in the Arctic circle.

Apr 20, 2015

Truce tenuous as Ukraine leader tackles economy, oligarchs

KIEV (Reuters) – President Petro Poroshenko is using the breathing space from a ceasefire with separatists to push reforms and rein in super-rich ‘oligarchs’ whose influence he says must be curbed for Ukraine to have a future in Europe.

But the truce in eastern Ukraine agreed on Feb. 12 is tenuous, with each side accusing the other of violations and the death toll still rising in a year-long conflict that has killed more than 6,100, and most people do not see it lasting.

Apr 20, 2015

Truce tenuous as Ukraine leader tackles economy, oligarchs

KIEV, April 20 (Reuters) – President Petro Poroshenko is
using the breathing space from a ceasefire with separatists to
push reforms and rein in super-rich ‘oligarchs’ whose influence
he says must be curbed for Ukraine to have a future in Europe.

But the truce in eastern Ukraine agreed on Feb. 12 is
tenuous, with each side accusing the other of violations and the
death toll still rising in a year-long conflict that has killed
more than 6,100, and most people do not see it lasting.

Apr 7, 2015

Ukraine challenges oligarchs’ grip on energy companies

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s judicial authorities launched actions on Tuesday challenging tenders that gave big businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich in a new move by the government to curb the influence of the so-called oligarchs.

The legal actions targeted the 2012 and 2013 sell-offs of electricity-generating companies in eastern Ukraine to holdings of multi-billionaire Rinat Akhmetov and a close associate, and of a power distributor in the west of the country.

Apr 3, 2015

Silencing of Crimean Tatar TV sparks outcry from rights bodies, Ukraine, Turkey

KIEV (Reuters) – The silencing of a TV station for the Tatar people in Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine a year ago, sparked an outcry on Friday, with Kiev accusing Moscow of trying to stamp out non-Russian influence on the peninsula.

The station, ATR, which formerly broadcast under a Ukrainian license, has sought four times to re-register with Russia’s media regulator, Roskomnadzor, to stay on the air. But each time it was turned down because of alleged mistakes in its applications, Tatar officials said.