DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – The resignations were abrupt and unexpected, two quick-fire blows to a separatist movement already suffering reversals on the battle field of eastern Ukraine.
Alexander Borodai, the premier of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Igor Strelkov, his military commander, had together formed the rebels’ leadership against Ukrainian troops since armed men first seized state buildings across eastern Ukraine in April.
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Under growing pressure from a government offensive, the rebel leadership in Ukraine’s battle-torn east warned its fighters on Monday that desertion and betrayal could be met by execution.
The warning appeared to signal a growing concern by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) over a breakdown of discipline in the fighting ranks as Kiev’s military stepped up its offensive.
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said on Sunday, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine’s efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.
Ukrainian officials allege though that the rebels are fighting a desperate rearguard action to hold on to Luhansk — which is their supply route into neighboring Russia — and say the flow of weapons and fighters from Russia has accelerated.
KIEV/DONETSK, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists
shot down a Ukrainian warplane in eastern Ukraine overnight into
Sunday while at least 10 civilians were killed in fighting
involving artillery and mortar in the rebel-held city of
Donetsk, local authorities said.
The renewed fighting, which followed a claim by rebels that
they were receiving fresh stocks of heavy military equipment
from Russia and 1,200 fighters, cast a shadow over a high-level
international meeting in Berlin involving Russia and Ukraine.
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday.
The four-month conflict in eastern Ukraine has reached a critical phase, with Kiev and Western governments watching nervously to see if Russia will intervene in support of the increasingly besieged rebels – an intention Moscow denies.
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists fought skirmishes near the Russian border on Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening after Kiev said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia.
The report of the attack on the armored column on Friday triggered a sell-off in the U.S. dollar and European stocks, with markets fearful it could change the Ukraine conflict into an open confrontation between Moscow and Western-backed Kiev.
DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Two of the most senior
rebels battling government troops in eastern Ukraine quit on
Thursday, deepening the disarray in a pro-Moscow separatist
movement that is being pushed back by an Ukrainian military
The resignations came on the same day that artillery shells
landed for the first time since the conflict began in the centre
of the eastern city of Donetsk, the separatists’ main
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Artillery shells hit close to the centre of Ukraine’s separatist-held city of Donetsk for the first time on Thursday, killing at least one person, as a large Russian aid convoy rumbled towards the border.
With Ukrainian government forces tightening the noose on pro-Russian separatists, shelling rocked Donetsk, sending frightened residents rushing for cover, witnesses said.
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russia’s Vladimir Putin to urge him to stop supporting separatists in Eastern Ukraine and seek a diplomatic solution to the crisis that has spurred tough new economic sanctions.
Obama told reporters on Friday he believes the United States has done “everything that we can do,” short of going to war, to deter Russia from further threats to Ukraine with the sanctions on its energy, defense and financial sectors.
MOSCOW, July 31 (Reuters) – Russia’s three largest banks
sought to assure clients and investors on Thursday they had the
resources necessary to fulfil obligations despite their
inclusion on the EU’s latest round of sanctions for Russia’s
role in the Ukraine crisis.
Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as well as the
country’s second and third largest banks, VTB and
Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely
dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on
the bloc’s capital markets.