MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Georgia’s rebel South Ossetia region on Wednesday that almost completely integrates it with Russia, alarming Georgia and the West a year after Moscow took over Crimea.
Tbilisi described the “alliance and integration” treaty as a “move aimed at annexation” and the United States and European Union said they would not recognize the agreement, which the EU depicted as a threat to regional security and stability.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia ruled out handing Crimea back to Ukraine on Tuesday and a Defense Ministry official said nuclear-capable long-range bombers were being sent to the Black Sea peninsula as part of war games.
The huge military exercises, in which the Northern Fleet was put on full alert on Monday and will range from the Arctic to the Black Sea, appear to be a show of force and defiance on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia’s future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin.
Thousands of people laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on a bridge near the Kremlin where the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister was shot dead late on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine, was shot dead steps from the Kremlin in central Moscow late on Friday.
Nemtsov, 55, was shot four times in the back by assailants in a white car as he walked across a bridge over the Moskva River with a Ukrainian woman who was unhurt.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – In Russia, Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as the saviour of the nation. In Europe and the United States he has come to be seen as a threat to the new world order.
What the Russian president does next in Ukraine is key to the country’s future, as well as that of Europe and his own.
MOSCOW, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin has called
Europe’s bluff over east Ukraine as Russia-backed separatists
seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by
France and Germany.
The attack on Debaltseve by rebels loyal to the Russian
president amounts to a test of the West’s resolve to stand up to
him – at the risk of an escalation of the conflict.
MOSCOW/KIEV, (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France are expected to take peace proposals to Moscow on Friday on the second leg of a dramatic initiative to end a confict in Ukraine that has killed more than 5,000 people and driven Russia-West relations to new lows.
The coordinated trip by Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande to see Russia’s Vladimir Putin followed five hours of late-night talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in snow-bound Kiev.
MOSCOW/KIEV, Feb 3 (Reuters) – By considering giving weapons
to Kiev, the United States could be contemplating a risky
venture which advocates say would help end the conflict in
Ukraine but opponents warn might fan the flames of war.
A senior U.S. administration official said on Monday no
decision had been made on whether to send arms to help Ukrainian
forces fight Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West’s refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.
After a relative lull in the conflict in east Ukraine since a ceasefire deal was reached last September, separatists have launched a new offensive. Kiev says the rebels are supported by 9,000 Russian soldiers.
MOSCOW, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin
blamed “criminal orders” by Ukrainian leaders on Friday for a
surge in fighting in east Ukraine, and Russian-backed
separatists struck a bellicose tone in ruling out seeking more
Putin’s remarks, and the comments by the separatists’ main
leader, signalled a hardening of positions in a conflict which
the U.N. human rights office said had killed more than 5,000
people, including 262 in the last nine days.