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Nov 14, 2014

Ukraine rebels hinder border monitors as new armed columns appear

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – International monitors deployed along the Russian border in eastern Ukraine say their drones were shot at and jammed days before new columns of unmarked soldiers and weapons, said by the West to be Russian, were seen in the rebel-held territory this week.

The reports by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is seen as a neutral party in the conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people, come as Kiev and Moscow trade accusations of violating a fragile ceasefire.

Nov 13, 2014

Moscow and Kiev trade accusations; US warns Russia against escalation

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Moscow and Kiev accused each other on Thursday of violating a ceasefire and the United States warned Russia the West might punish it further for its “military escalation” of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukraine accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people. Russia warned Kiev that any resumption of hostilities against the separatists would be catastrophic for Ukraine.

Nov 13, 2014

Russia tells Kiev: new conflict would be catastrophic for Ukraine

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Moscow and Kiev traded accusations on Thursday of failing to observe a ceasefire agreement and Russia warned a resumption of hostilities against pro-Russian separatists in the east would be catastrophic for Ukraine.

Ukraine accused Russia of sending soldiers and weapons to help rebels launch a new offensive in a conflict that has killed more than 4,000 people.

Nov 12, 2014

Russia sees chance of deal at nuclear talks with Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A senior Russian diplomat expressed optimism on Wednesday that a deal could be reached this month between world powers and Tehran on curbing Iran’s nuclear program despite “deep gaps” on some issues.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia, which agreed on Tuesday to build up to eight new nuclear reactor units in Iran, was doing all it could to help secure the agreement which would provide assurances to the West that Tehran’s program was not intended to build weapons.

Nov 5, 2014

Ukraine peace plan in tatters, ‘frozen conflict’ takes shape

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Kiev said on Wednesday it would halt payment of state funds in areas controlled by pro-Moscow rebels, as both sides hardened positions in what is rapidly becoming a “frozen conflict”: a long-term stalemate that the West believes is Russia’s aim.

A day after the rebels held inauguration ceremonies for their leaders, the separatists and the central government each accused each other of violating a September peace deal and signaled they would withdraw support for some of its terms.

Nov 4, 2014

Ukraine rebel leaders sworn in, Kiev says peace plan violated

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine staged swearing in ceremonies for their leaders on Tuesday after votes dismissed as a farce by Kiev, which says they violated terms of a peace plan to end a war that has killed more than 4,000 people.

NATO’s highest ranking officer, a U.S. general, said conditions were now in place to create a “frozen conflict”, a term the West uses to describe rebel regions carved out of other ex-Soviet states that Moscow protects with its troops.

Nov 4, 2014

Ukraine crisis deepens after rebel vote in east

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of his security chiefs for Tuesday to discuss new ways of dealing with the separatist challenge in the east after rebel elections that were denounced by Kiev and the West.

The rogue votes, which Kiev says Russia encouraged, could create a new “frozen conflict” in post-Soviet Europe and further threaten the territorial unity of Ukraine, which lost control of its Crimean peninsula in March when it was annexed by Russia.

Nov 3, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels name leader in Ukraine as crisis deepens

DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists
in Ukraine named a leader of their breakaway republic on Monday
after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the
West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future
of the former Soviet state.

Organisers of the vote said that Alexander Zakharchenko, a
38-year-old former mining electrician, had easily won election
as head of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, an entity proclaimed
by armed rebels in the days after they seized key buildings in
cities of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east last April.

Nov 2, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels vote for leaders in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels voted to set up a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, aiming to take the war-torn region closer to Russia and defying Kiev and the West, as shelling continued across the territory.

The United States and European Union have denounced the vote as illegitimate, which is sure to stoke tensions further between the West and Russia.

Nov 1, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels vote for leader in war-torn eastern Ukraine

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists will vote to set up a breakaway regional leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday aiming to take their war-torn region closer to Russia and defying Kiev and the West as the big guns still boom across the territory.

The United States and European Union have denounced as illegitimate the vote which is sure too to stoke tensions further between the West and Russia.

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