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Apr 8, 2014

Ukraine’s defiant armed separatists prepare for long siege

LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Past the barricades of metal railings, sandbags and barbed wire, Russian separatists peer out of the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, rifles in hand.

The headquarters of the former KGB in this small Ukrainian city less than 30 km (20 miles) from the Russian border is potentially the most dangerous flashpoint among buildings in eastern Ukraine seized on Sunday night by pro-Moscow agitators.

Apr 8, 2014

Ukraine says separatists hold hostages; activists deny charge

LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state security service on Tuesday said that pro-Russian separatists had placed explosives in a building they seized in the eastern city of Luhansk and were holding 60 people hostage.

But the activists, who have controlled the region’s state security headquarters since storming it on Sunday, denied both charges. They said they had no explosives, but had seized an armoury full of automatic rifles.

Apr 8, 2014

Ukraine ends one pro-Russia occupation but others persist

LUHANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian police cleared pro-Moscow protesters from a regional administration building in a lightning night-time operation, but others held out in two more eastern cities on Tuesday in what Kiev says is a Russian-led plan to dismember the country.

Shots were fired, a grenade thrown and 70 people detained as officers ended the occupation in the city of Kharkiv during an 18 minute “anti-terrorism” action, the interior ministry said.

Apr 6, 2014

Pro-Russia protesters seize Ukraine buildings, Kiev blames Putin

DONETSK/KIEV, Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian protesters seized state buildings in three east Ukrainian cities on Sunday, triggering accusations from the pro-European government in Kiev that President Vladimir Putin was orchestrating “separatist disorder”.

The protesters stormed regional government buildings in the industrial hub of Donetsk and security service offices in nearby Luhansk, waving Russian flags and demanding a Crimea-style referendum on joining Russia.

Apr 5, 2014

Ukraine eyes arbitration if Russia doesn’t cut gas price

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine warned on Saturday it would take Russia to arbitration court if natural gas talks with Moscow failed to roll back price hikes that Kiev called an act of economic aggression.

Russia nearly doubled the price Ukraine pays for its gas this week, forcing Kiev, whose economy is in chaos, to enter into emergency talks with European neighbors to boost cheaper imports from the West.

Apr 3, 2014

Russia recalls military representative in rebuke to NATO

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has recalled its top military representative to NATO for consultations, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, widening the rift between Moscow and the Western alliance over Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Russia’s action last month has caused the deepest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, leading the West to impose sanctions and stirring fears that President Vladimir Putin has territorial designs beyond Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula with its Russian-majority population.

Apr 3, 2014

Russia says wants answers on NATO troops in eastern Europe

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it wanted answers from NATO on its activities in eastern Europe after the Western military alliance promised to beef up defenses for its eastern members.

Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last month has caused the deepest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War, leading the West to impose sanctions and sparking fear President Vladimir Putin has territorial designs beyond the Black Sea peninsula with its Russian-majority population.

Apr 1, 2014

Russia says JP Morgan ‘illegally’ blocked embassy money transfer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused U.S. bank JP Morgan (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday of “illegally” blocking a payment from one of its embassies to an insurance agency “under the pretext of anti-Russian sanctions”.

In a statement on its website, the Russian Foreign Ministry suggested the action, which it called “unacceptable, illegal and absurd”, would have consequences for the U.S. embassy and consulate in Russia.

Mar 30, 2014

Chechens offer weary welcome to new Crimean compatriots

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – Days before Crimea voted in a referendum to join Russia from Ukraine, Adam, a Chechen soldier, was ordered to go to the Black Sea peninsula to defend Russia’s interests.

He and about 200 other soldiers from his special battalion, grouping ethnic Chechens, were mobilized on March 12 and spent two weeks in the Crimean city of Yevpatoria.

Mar 19, 2014

Russia will respond in kind to U.S. sanctions – deputy foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow will respond in kind to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian officials over the Crimea dispute and is considering other steps if Washington escalates tensions, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

On Monday, the United States and the EU announced sanctions on a handful of officials from Russia and Ukraine accused of involvement in Moscow’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region, most of whose 2 million residents are ethnic Russians.

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