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Jul 17, 2014

Aiming at Russia’s iconic arms firms, U.S. sanctions pack a punch

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. sanctions on Russia’s defense firms took aim at the most iconic names of Soviet and Russian weaponry, hitting their exports and punishing the makers of arms used by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Kalashnikov, which makes the machine guns used in conflicts from Afghanistan to Africa, and Almaz-Antey, one of Russia’s highest profile firms that produced arms for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, were among eight weapons makers named by the U.S. Treasury.

Jul 8, 2014

Rebel leader threatens offensive action in eastern Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine warned Kiev that pro-Russian rebels would take the offensive again after regrouping forces in the region’s biggest industrial hub of Donetsk.

“We’re not preparing ourselves for a siege, we’re preparing ourselves for action,” Alexander Borodai said in an interview in Moscow with Russian Internet outlet Gazeta.ru in Moscow.

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.

Jul 4, 2014

Ukraine’s president seeks new crisis talks at weekend, fighting rages

KIEV, July 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine has proposed a time and a
place for talks on Saturday on reaching a durable ceasefire with
pro-Russian rebels and is awaiting a reply, the president’s
website said, as fighting in the east killed 13 servicemen.

The website did not name the venue but a Western diplomat
expected the talks to be held again in eastern Ukraine’s major
industrial hub of Donetsk, where the rebels control key points.

Jul 2, 2014

Kiev, separatists fret at gun law in Ukraine’s rebel regions

DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Firearms stores in the separatist-held city of Donetsk in east Ukraine stand empty, the guns that once lined the shelves now sold out or stolen at gunpoint.

“In a time of war, everyone wants a weapon. There are just none left to sell or even give away,” said manager Alexander Lutsevich in the wood-paneled office of his downtown store.

Jul 1, 2014

Poroshenko ends Ukraine ceasefire, says government will attack rebels

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday government forces would renew offensive operations against rebels and “free our lands”, hours after a ceasefire to allow for peace talks with the pro-Russian separatists had expired.

Poroshenko, who accuses Russia of fanning violence in eastern Ukraine, dismissed Moscow’s offers to defuse the crisis, and blamed the rebels for failing to keep to the truce or follow a peace plan he had outlined. “We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to continue the ceasefire is our answer to terrorists, militants and marauders,” he said in a televised statement delivered in front of the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag.

Jun 29, 2014

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine despite extended ceasefire

KIEV (Reuters) – Fighting flared between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists around the eastern flashpoint city of Slaviansk on Sunday despite a truce extended until Monday night, a deadline also set by EU leaders considering new sanctions against Russia.

The European Union said it could impose more penalties on Moscow on top of existing asset freezes and visa bans unless pro-Russian rebels act to wind down the crisis in the east of the country by Monday.

Jun 12, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels add tanks to arsenal in east Ukraine

SNIZHNYE Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian rebels in the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhnye raised their fists in solidarity as tanks, fitted with camouflaged protective armour, rolled past, tearing up the pavement and scaring passers-by.

The tanks drove off in a cloud of smoke to cheers from the rebels, circled one of the border town’s central roundabouts and drove off to an unknown destination.

Jun 10, 2014

Civilians take cover, flee Ukrainian city as shells land

SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Dozens of charred bicycles stand upright in the rubble of a burnt-out sports shop in Slaviansk, a strategic stronghold for pro-Russian separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

After a week of intensified shelling by government forces, windows of buildings on the outskirts of the city have been blown out, fires have gutted stores and the hulks of damaged Soviet-era cars lie abandoned in the road.

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