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May 9, 2014

Abductions rise in east Ukraine as pro-Russian rebels brook no dissent

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Every evening Antonina Sukhonos gazes up at the Slaviansk city administration building in eastern Ukraine and wonders out loud where pro-Russian gunmen are holding her son.

“If I can’t have him back I just want to know why they’ve detained him,” she said, looking up the building’s steel and glass facade from behind dark sunglasses.

Apr 29, 2014
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‘Rebel priest’ in Ukraine prays for pro-Russian gunmen but denies covert support


(A pro-Russian armed man stands guard at a barricade near the state security service building in Slaviansk, April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Father Vitaly says he prays every day for the armed men who now wield power in Slaviansk, stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who have seized key buildings in a dozen towns across eastern Ukraine this month.

Apr 29, 2014

‘Rebel priest’ prays for Ukraine gunmen, denies doing more

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Father Vitaly says he prays every day for the armed men who now wield power in Slaviansk, stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who have seized key buildings in a dozen towns across eastern Ukraine this month.

“There’s a point at which you just can’t take it anymore and you have to pick yourself up and stand up for yourself,” the bearded, broad-shouldered Orthodox priest said of his hostility to the Ukrainian leadership which has taken power in Kiev.

Apr 28, 2014

US sanctions Putin allies as Ukraine violence goes on

DONETSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 28 (Reuters) – The United
States imposed new sanctions on allies of Russian President
Vladimir Putin on Monday, prompting Moscow to denounce “Cold
War” tactics amid more violence in eastern Ukraine.

Banning visas and freezing assets of the likes of Putin’s
friend Igor Sechin, head of oil giant Rosneft, also
drew fire from President Barack Obama’s domestic critics, who
called it a “slap on the wrist”, even as European allies
wrangled over how to follow suit without badly hurting their own

Apr 28, 2014

Obama announces new U.S. sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

MANILA/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S.
President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some
Russians on Monday in an attempt to stop President Vladimir
Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but held
off from broad measures that would hit Russia’s economy.

The new sanctions, to be outlined in detail later on Monday,
will add more people and firms to a list announced last month of
figures whose assets are frozen and who are denied visas to
travel to the United States.

Apr 28, 2014

Ukraine rebels free Swedish hostage; Obama seeks unity against Russia

KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven as the United States and Europe prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

U.S. President Barack Obama called for the United States and Europe to join forces to impose stronger measures to restrain Moscow. The White House said it will add names on Monday of people close to President Vladimir Putin and firms they control to a list of Russians hit by sanctions over Ukraine, and also impose new restrictions on high tech exports.

Apr 27, 2014

‘Open arms and smile’ fail to protect German colonel in Ukraine

MOSCOW/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Days before he was taken prisoner, the German colonel who leads the team of European observers being held by separatist gunmen in eastern Ukraine described his technique for working in dangerous hotspots.

“In a moment when the situation gets tense I back off,” Colonel Axel Schneider told a Reuters reporter in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Tuesday, when asked about the challenges of operating near the flashpoint city of Slaviansk.

Apr 27, 2014

Observers held in Ukraine say in good health, want to go home

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – The leader of the international observers detained by pro-Russian separatists in the east Ukrainian city of Slaviansk said on Sunday all the group were in good health, but they were anxious to be allowed to go home soon.

Appearing in public for the first time since they were held three days ago, seven officers from the observer team and their translator were brought into a room of waiting journalists in the separatist-held city administration building.

Apr 27, 2014

Obama urges united riposte to Russia for “destabilising” Ukraine

KUALA LUMPUR/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 27 (Reuters) – U.S.
President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and
Europe must join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it
destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists were
for a third day holding eight international observers prisoner.

Washington and Brussels are expected, possibly as early as
Monday, to name new people and firms close to Russian President
Vladimir Putin who will be hit by punitive measures, but there
is no consensus yet on wider economic sanctions.

Apr 26, 2014

Ukraine blames Moscow for “human shield” detentions in east

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 26 (Reuters) – Pro-Russian
separatists in eastern Ukraine offered on Saturday to release
eight captive international observers in a prisoner exchange, as
Western governments prepared new sanctions against Moscow.

The pro-Western government in Kiev blamed Russia for what it
called the kidnapping on Friday of the monitors from the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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