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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.

Jun 15, 2014

Ukraine minister under fire for swearing about Putin

KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Senior Russian parliamentarians urged Ukraine on Sunday to sack its foreign minister for calling President Vladimir Putin a “dickhead” during a violent protest outside Russia’s embassy in Kiev.

Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia tried to persuade protesters not to use violence at the rally on Saturday evening, during which the Russian flag was ripped up, vehicles overturned and stones and eggs thrown at the embassy.

Jun 13, 2014

Ukrainian forces reclaim port city from rebels

KIEV, June 13 (Reuters) – Ukrainian government forces
reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists
in heavy fighting on Friday and said they had regained control
of a long stretch of the border with Russia.

The advances are significant victories for the pro-European
leadership in a military operation to crush the armed separatist
rebellion that began in east Ukraine in April and hold the
former Soviet republic of 45 million together.

Jun 12, 2014

Ukraine accuses Russia of letting rebels bring in tanks

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of allowing separatist rebels to bring three tanks and other military vehicles across the border into the east of the country to fight the Ukrainian army.

Evidence that Russia is sending in weapons or assisting the rebels militarily would implicate Moscow in the uprising against Kiev’s pro-Western leaders, making a mockery of its denials that it has played a role in weeks of fighting.

Jun 11, 2014

Ukraine president ready for talks if pro-Russia rebels lay down arms

KIEV, June 11 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new president signalled
on Wednesday he would be ready to hold talks with opponents in
eastern Ukraine if pro-Russian separatists waging an insurgency
there agreed to lay down their weapons.

The rebels show no sign of giving up their arms, but opening
talks would be a big step on the road to peace, building on
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s meetings this week with
Moscow’s envoy and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in
France last week.

Jun 9, 2014

Ukraine sees “understanding” with Russia on peace moves

KIEV, June 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it had
reached a “mutual understanding” with Moscow on parts of a plan
proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in
the east of the country.

Kiev gave no details and Russia did not comment directly but
two days of talks, following a brief encounter in France last
week that broke the ice between Poroshenko and Russian President
Vladimir Putin, have given momentum to peace moves.

Jun 4, 2014

Unrepentant on Ukraine, Putin prepares to meet his critics

MOSCOW, June 4 (Reuters) – Whether he is made to feel like
an unwelcome guest or the Prodigal Son returning, Vladimir Putin
is relishing the chance to show his defiance over Ukraine at his
first meetings with Western leaders in months.

With his ratings soaring at home, the West showing no taste
for a fight over Crimea and Europe reluctant to hit Moscow with
new sanctions, the Russian president feels he has the upper hand
as he sets out for World War Two anniversary events in France.

May 28, 2014

Putin builds new union on ashes of Soviet empire

MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) – It won’t exactly mean going back
to the USSR, but Vladimir Putin is laying the foundations of a
huge trading bloc which opponents see as an attempt to recreate
at least part of the lost Soviet empire.

The Russian president and the leaders of two other former
Soviet republics, Belarus and Kazakhstan, will sign a treaty on
Thursday that brings to life his dream of uniting like-minded
countries in a Eurasian Economic Union.

May 27, 2014

Analysis – Ferocity of Ukraine clashes increases risks for Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – An army assault on pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine will not have taken Vladimir Putin by surprise, but the ferocity of the clashes may have – and could be a game-changer if they spin out of control.

In the last two weeks, with Western sanctions starting to bite, the Russian president has softened his tone against the pro-European leadership in Kiev and promised to pull troops back from the frontier with Ukraine.

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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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