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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.

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.

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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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