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Sep 2, 2014

EU proposes tough sanctions on Moscow as Ukraine rebels advance

BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) – European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an “invasion” force.

Western countries accuse Moscow of sending armoured columns of troops into Ukraine, where the momentum in a five-month war shifted last week decisively in favour of pro-Russian rebels, who are now advancing on a major port.

Sep 1, 2014

Ukrainians pull back from airport; Poroshenko slams Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Monday it had pulled its forces back from defending a vital airport in the east against Russian tanks, as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of “direct and open aggression”.

The withdrawal from the civilian airport outside the city of Luhansk was the latest in a string of reverses for Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists who Kiev says have the direct support of hundreds of Russian troops and armor.

Sep 1, 2014

Fighting goes on near big Ukrainian city, Poroshenko slams Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Monday its forces were battling a Russian tank battalion for control of a vital airport in the east of the country as President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of “direct and open aggression” against his country.

Ukrainian coastguards meanwhile searched for two seamen missing after one of their patrol boats was sunk in the Sea of Azov by artillery fire from pro-Russian separatists on the shore.

Aug 31, 2014

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU to threaten more sanctions

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled on Saturday they would threaten more sanctions against Moscow over the crisis.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, attending an EU summit in Brussels, said he was hoping for a political solution, but warned that his country was on the brink of full-scale war.

Aug 30, 2014

Ukraine says Russian tanks flatten town; EU ready to prepare sanctions

KIEV/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Saturday Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled they were ready to prepare more sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaking ahead of an EU summit in Brussels, said he was still holding out hope for a political solution but told journalists there were now thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks in his country.

Aug 29, 2014

Ukraine seeks to join NATO; defiant Putin compares Kiev to Nazis

LAKE SELIGER, Russia/KIEV, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine called
on Friday for full membership in NATO, its strongest plea yet
for Western military help after accusing Russia of sending in
armoured columns that have routed its troops on behalf of
pro-Moscow rebels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, defiant as ever, compared
Kiev’s drive to regain control of its rebellious eastern cities
to the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in World War Two. He
announced that rebels had succeeded in halting it, and proposed
that they now permit surrounded Ukrainian troops to retreat.

Aug 29, 2014

Ukraine seeks NATO membership in response to Russia joining war

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Friday it would seek the protection of NATO membership after what Kiev and its Western allies say is the open participation of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces.

Formal Ukrainian membership in the Western military alliance – which would come with the full protection of a mutual defense pact with the U.S. superpower – remains an unlikely prospect, at least in the near future.

Aug 28, 2014

Ukraine president accuses Russian soldiers of backing rebel thrust

KIEV, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on
Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support
of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply
escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

President Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs
that the situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but
controllable” after Russian-backed rebels seized the town of
Novoazovsk in the southeast of the former Soviet republic.

Aug 28, 2014

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

KIEV, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said on
Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support
of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply
escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the
situation was “extraordinarily difficult … but controllable”
after Russian-backed rebels seized the town of Novoazovsk in the
south-east of the former Soviet republic.

Aug 28, 2014

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian troops back rebel advance

KIEV, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his
country and the military conflict was worsening after
Russian-backed separatists swept into a key town in the east.

Poroshenko said he was cancelling a visit to Turkey and
conferring with defence chiefs because of the “rapidly
deteriorating situation” in the eastern Donetsk region, “as
Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine”.