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Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine rebel city says holding international observers

SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk were holding a group of international observers on Friday, saying they had found a Ukrainian spy travelling with them.

“They are with us in Slaviansk,” the de facto mayor of the city, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, told Reuters in front of the seized security service building where, according to the Ukrainian government, the observers were being held.

Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine says separatists seize bus with OSCE observers

SLAVIANSK (Reuters) – Armed separatists in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk seized a bus carrying international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Friday, Ukraine’s Interior Ministry said.

The separatist leader in Slaviansk told reporters a problem has arisen when the observers tried to pass a separatist checkpoint, and that there was an Ukrainian “spy” among the group. But he did not say where they were.

Apr 18, 2014

New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18 (Reuters) – A day after
an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis
in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their
occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further
sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.

Leaders of gunmen who have taken over city halls and other
sites in and around Donetsk this month in pursuit of demands for
a Crimea-style referendum on union with Russia, rejected the
agreement struck in Geneva by Ukraine, Russia, the United States
and European Union and demanded on Friday that the leaders of
the Kiev uprising must first quit their own government offices.

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine separatists reject diplomatic deal to disarm

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday, seemed to be the best hope of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Apr 18, 2014

East Ukraine separatists stay put despite diplomatic deal

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists were still holding public buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying they needed more assurances about their security before they comply with an international deal ordering them to disarm.

The agreement, brokered by the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in Geneva on Thursday offered the best hope to date of defusing a stand-off in Ukraine that has dragged East-West relations to their lowest level since the Cold War.

Apr 17, 2014

Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

ANDRIYIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Employees at the tower said the men, who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, barged in after arriving in cars and frightening off guards by firing a shot.

Apr 16, 2014

Separatists take armoured vehicles, humiliating Ukraine forces

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of “Russia! Russia!” It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters.

Apr 16, 2014

Pro-Russia separatists take armoured vehicles, humiliating Kiev forces

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army on Wednesday, humiliating a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns controlled by pro-Moscow partisans.

Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to waves and shouts of “Russia! Russia!”. It was not immediately clear whether they had been captured by rebels or handed over to them by Ukrainian deserters.

Apr 16, 2014

Separatists fly Russian flag over Ukrainian armoured vehicles

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists hoisted the Russian flag on Ukrainian army armoured vehicles in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, mocking the pro-Western Kiev government’s attempt to reassert control on the eve of crucial talks in Geneva on the country’s future.

Amid escalating rhetoric between Moscow and Kiev, the incident highlighted defiance by pro-Russian separatists, undermining central government efforts to push armed rebels out of captured buildings in 10 eastern towns without bloodshed.

Apr 16, 2014

Pro-Russians take control of Ukrainian troop carriers

SLAVIANSK/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armored personal carriers driven into the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk had been under the control of Ukrainian armed forces earlier on Wednesday, pictures taken by Reuters photographers showed.

A soldier guarding one of six troop carriers now under the control of pro-Russian separatists told Reuters he was a member of Ukraine’s 25th paratrooper division from Dnipropetrovsk.

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