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Ukraine Rebels Reject Peace Talks As Conflict Escalates

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine rejected a previously signed peace deal Friday and launched a new multipronged offensi...

Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Donetsk Airport

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his troops were holding th...

These Photos Show Ukraine's Wackiest Festival

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

The Ukrainian festival of Malanka is as wacky as they come. One night every year, Ukrainian villagers dress up as bears, goblins and other characte...

Ukraine Peace Talks Fall Apart Amid New Fighting

AP | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine peace talks failed Friday as hostilities intensified between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in the ea...

Ukraine's Donbass and Jim Crow -- A Poor Analogy

Lev Golinkin | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

The overwhelming majority of eastern Ukrainians currently trapped in brutal winter conditions between separatist thugs and the Ukrainian army aren't Ku Klux Klan members, or fat cat bigots who delight in oppressing their ethnic Ukrainian neighbors. They are coal miners and steelworkers and children and pensioners. They are people who've watched their lives be shelled into oblivion by both Kiev's army and paramilitary brigades and Putin's warlords, and who are now isolated in what Amnesty and the UN describe as an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Painting them as a bunch of backward anti-Western hicks is neither progressive, nor tolerant, nor liberal, nor accurate.

Putin Is Bringing Darkness to the Edge of Europe

Yulia Tymoshenko | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Yulia Tymoshenko

In 2014, Vladimir Putin discovered his inner Trotsky. For what Russia's president is now offering Ukraine is a perverse twist on the formula Trotsky proclaimed during the peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk in 1918: "No war, no peace."

Ukraine Nuclear Plant Shuts Down Reactor

AP | Posted 12.28.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — One unit of Ukraine's Zaporozhiya nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, has been taken offline because of generator problems. S...

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ivan Sukhov

In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.

Ukraine Army, Rebels Observe 'Day of Silence'

Reuters | Posted 02.08.2015 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused separatists of violating an agreed "Day ...

Death Toll Rises In East Ukraine Despite Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 02.04.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Shells struck a district of separatist-controlled Donetsk in eastern Ukraine ...

Europe's Challenge: A 'Twilight Zone' in Russia's Shadow, or a 'World of Rules?'

Radek Sikorski | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Radek Sikorski

The impetus for NATO enlargement did not come from a triumphalist Washington. On the contrary, the U.S. initially resisted even the breakup of the Soviet Union. Since 1990, 12 European states have asked to join NATO. They all chose for themselves to belong to this cooperative military alliance. NATO membership was a key part of "locking in" their turbulent democratic reforms.

One Year Later, Where Does Ukraine's Revolution Stand?

AP | By DMYTRO VLASOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasin...

A Year After Ukraine's Revolution Began, Slain Protesters' Families Demand Justice

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

By Alessandra Prentice KIEV, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was shouted down by angry relatives of 100 pro...

Charlotte Alfred

Meet The Young Revolutionary Taking Ukrainian Politics By Storm | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

In just under a year, Hanna Hopko has gone from being a ringleader in anti-government protests to taking a seat in Ukraine's new parliament. Her tr...

UN: Killings, Displacement Increase In Ukraine

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 300 people in the past month despite a cease-fire and has violated people's rights s...

NATO Warns Of 'Serious Military Buildup' In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, Nov 18 (Reuters) - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg denounced on Tuesday what he called a serious Russian military buildup both ins...

Ukraine Suspends State Services In Rebel-Held East

AP | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president has approved measures to suspend the provision of government services to eastern territories controlled by ...

Ukraine Rebels Seen Moving Large Military Convoys

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 11.08.2014 | World

SNIZHNE, Ukraine (AP) — Associated Press reporters saw more than 80 unmarked military vehicles on the move Saturday in rebel-controlled areas of eas...

Ukraine To Freeze Funds To Rebel-Held East

Reuters | By PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Kiev said on Wednesday it would halt payment of state funds in areas...

Separatists Hold Elections In War-Torn East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

By Thomas Grove DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels voted in an election to set up a separatist lea...

Brutal Winter Set To Hit War-Torn East Ukraine

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dark tunnels in the basement of a bombed-out hospital in the eastern city of Donetsk lead to a makeshift shelter. Opening th...

Pro-Europe Parties Lead Vote In Ukraine

AP | PETER LEONARD and YURAS KARMANAU | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — As Ukraine's most ardently pro-European parties pocketed a resounding collective election triumph Monday, thoughts turned to a ...

Ukrainians Dump Politicians In Trash Cans Amid Mounting Anger

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 10.15.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In Ukraine, trashing a politician isn't a metaphor. It's literal: Find a suspected shady official, grab him and throw him into ...

Violent Clashes Between Protesters And Police In Kiev

Reuters | Posted 12.14.2014 | World

KIEV, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A few thousand protesters clashed with police on Tuesday outside the Ukrainian parliament, throwing stones and smoke bombs ...