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Jul 17, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russian officers over Malaysian airliner

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state security chief accused two Russian military intelligence officers of involvement with pro-Russian rebels in the downing of a Malaysian airliner on Thursday, releasing chilling testimony of what he called an “inhuman crime.”

SBU chief Valentyn Nalivaychenko based his allegation on intercepted telephone conversations between the two officers and pro-Russian fighters, one of whom referred to seeing “a sea of women and children” in the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

Jul 17, 2014

Russian jets shoot down Ukrainian warplane over Ukraine: Kiev military

KIEV (Reuters) – Russian jets shot down a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter plane that was on military operations over the east of Ukraine, where government forces are fighting to quell a pro-Russian separatist rebellion, the Ukrainian military said on Thursday.

It was the first time Ukraine had directly accused Russia of using air power in the war. In a previous attack on a military transporter, which it said was launched from Russia, Kiev was unable to specify whether it came from landbased missiles or airborne.

Jul 16, 2014

More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops

KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting raged in Ukraine’s east on Wednesday when separatists tried to break through the lines of government forces near the border with Russia and a tentative step towards agreeing conditions for a ceasefire failed.

Eleven more Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the space of 24 hours while hundreds of bodies of rebels were found in shallow graves in a former separatist stronghold, the army said.

Jul 15, 2014

Ukraine sees Russian role in air strike on town

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine made fresh charges of Russian involvement in its conflict with separatist rebels, suggesting Moscow may have had a role in an air strike on Tuesday that killed at least four people.

The accusations come a day before European Union leaders meet to discuss the crisis, where they might consider adopting fresh sanctions against Russia.

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine readies plan to take back lost territory, rebels defiant

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9 (Reuters) – Ukrainian
government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern
town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the
territory they occupy, but rebels defiantly reported a steady
flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

The Ukrainian military pushed the rebels out of their
best-fortified stronghold in the town of Slaviansk on Saturday,
but they have regrouped for a stand in Donetsk, a city of nearly
a million people. Rebels also still control strategic buildings
in Luhansk near the Russian border.

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with ‘nasty surprise’ in new push

KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise”, while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold.

President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion of Slaviansk at the weekend, named a new chief of military operations in the east following his appointment of an aggressive new defence minister who again demanded the separatists lay down their arms.

Jul 8, 2014

Ukraine signals commitment to offensive as rebels regroup

KIEV, (Reuters) – Ukraine’s government signaled its intention to press on with its campaign against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday and the militants, regrouping after losing their stronghold, said they were preparing to fight back.

President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion of Slaviansk at the weekend, named a new chief of military operations in the east following his appointment of an aggressive new defense minister who ruled out negotiations until the separatists lay down their arms.

Jul 7, 2014

Ukraine tycoon pleads for city’s safety after rebels vow to make stand

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s richest man pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb Donetsk, a city of a million people where hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russian rebels have vowed to make a stand after losing control of their bastion in the town of Slaviansk.

The Kiev government has said it will act quickly to seize back more territory from rebels after re-taking Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the three-month conflict against pro-Russian fighters in the east.

Jul 6, 2014

Insight – As West, Russia talk truce, Poroshenko heeds Ukrainians’ call to arms

KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbours to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics.

Telephone diplomacy involving the leaders of Germany, France and Russia, as well as Ukraine, has dwelt on extending a truce that could help ease tensions between Moscow and the West.

Jul 6, 2014

As West, Russia talk truce, Poroshenko heeds Ukrainians’ call to arms

KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbors to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics.

Telephone diplomacy involving the leaders of Germany, France and Russia, as well as Ukraine, has dwelt on extending a truce that could help ease tensions between Moscow and the West.