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Aug 4, 2014

Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

MOSCOW/DONESTSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, were taking part in the manoeuvres this week in the central and western military districts.

Aug 2, 2014

Ukrainian forces advance in east as Russia, West squabble

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Government forces tightened the noose around the main stronghold of pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine on Saturday and, with diplomacy stalled, Moscow and the West stepped up their war of words.

The seizure of Krasnogorovka and Staromikhailovka, towns just outside Donetsk, brought the army to the edge of one of the last cities still in rebel hands following its advances in the past month. The other is Luhansk, near the border with Russia.

Aug 1, 2014

Ukraine’s president says fighting must not delay reforms

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday the military conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country must not be allowed to hold up economic reforms.

Hailing the passage of legislation by parliament on Thursday which enables the government to increase funding to the army, Poroshenko said unity was vital in Kiev to overcome an economic crisis as well as defeat the rebels.

Jul 29, 2014

Putin may have passed point of no-return over Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin risks becoming an international pariah over the Ukraine crisis but the Russian president is battening down the hatches for the gathering economic and political storm.

The United States and the European Union saw the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as a chance for Putin to distance himself from pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine and seal the border across which they say arms are reaching the rebels.

Jul 20, 2014

Russia’s Putin not blinking in ‘last chance saloon’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the “last chance saloon” over the Ukraine crisis but appears to be doing little to get out of it.

Since Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over east Ukraine, Putin has been under intense international pressure to persuade pro-Russian separatists accused by the West of shooting it down to stop fighting.

Jul 7, 2014

Putin’s silence on Slaviansk signals desire to de-escalate Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW, July 7 (Reuters) – Three weeks before Ukraine’s army
forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of
Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military
help from Russia.

“A week will pass, two, three, maybe a month, and the
rebellion’s best fighters will be bled dry and, sooner or later,
crushed and destroyed,” Igor Girkin, who is better known as
Strelkov, said in a comments widely viewed online.

Jun 27, 2014

Moldova celebrates David-and-Goliath triumph

MOSCOW/CHISINAU, Moldova, June 27 (Reuters) – Moldova hailed
political and trade pacts signed with the European Union on
Friday as a David-and-Goliath triumph after decades of
domination by its former Soviet masters in Moscow.

The pro-Western leaders of the impoverished country of 3.5
million may still have a struggle on their hands after Russian
warnings not to sign accords that put it on a course taking it
further out of Moscow’s sphere of influence.

Jun 17, 2014

As Ukraine mulls security, some say build a wall with Russia

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s leaders are puzzling over how to cut off Russian support for a separatist rebellion in the east of the country but one of its richest men thinks he has the answer.

Billionaire businessman Ihor Kolomoisky has suggested building a wall along the almost 2,000 km (1,200-mile) land border with Russia to prevent fighters and weapons flooding in.

Jun 15, 2014

Russia lambasts Ukraine minister who swore about Putin

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused Ukraine’s acting foreign minister on Sunday of “going beyond the limits of decency” by calling President Vladimir Putin a “dickhead” during a violent protest outside its embassy in Kiev.

A senior member of Russian parliament called for Andriy Deshchytsia to resign and Moscow protested to Kiev about Saturday’s violence, during which cars were overturned, windows broken and a Russian flag ripped up.

Jun 15, 2014

In Ukraine, a day of mourning shows nation divided

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Church bells rang out over Kiev’s Maidan square and hundreds of mourners bowed their heads in silence on Sunday, a national day of mourning, to honor 49 Ukrainian servicemen killed by pro-Russian separatists.

But some 600 km (375 miles) away to the east in the city of Donetsk, heart of an armed insurgency against central rule by Kiev, there were few signs of mourning as people enjoyed a lazy stroll, sipped coffee in cafes and watched their children play.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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