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Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. Back then, the Kremlin first lied to the world by saying that it had nothing to do with the missing KAL plane. Later it claimed that the South Korean jet was on an American spy mission. But, within the Soviet leadership, the incident was a tipping point.

Ukraine Rebel Leader Admits Fighters Did Have BUK Missile

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | World

By Anton Zverev DONETSK, Ukraine, July 23 (Reuters) - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-airc...

As Fighting In East Ukraine Intensifies, Hundreds Of Bodies Of Rebels Found In Shallow Graves

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

* 11 more Ukrainian soldiers killed * Ukrainian fighter plane hit by rebel missile * War of words intensified between Uk...

Ukraine Presses Offensive As Rebels Regroup

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth KIEV, July 8 (Reuters) - Ukraine's government signaled its intention to press on with its campaign against pro-Ru...

Rebels Barricade East Ukraine City

Reuters | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova DONETSK, Ukraine, July 7 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk on Monday,...

Spokesman: Rebel Attack Kills 3 Ukrainian Troops Despite Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

KIEV, June 28 (Reuters) - Three members of the Ukrainian military were killed on Saturday when pro-Russian separatists attacked their post near the ...

There's Something Wrong in Ukraine: How Their Government Is Censoring the Voice of the People

Valerie Hsieh | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Valerie Hsieh

Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.

Ukraine's President: Rebels Break Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2014 | World

KIEV, June 24 (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday pro-Russian separatists in the east had violated a ceasefire with ove...

Defiant Rebels Attack Ukrainian Forces After Ceasefire Begins

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, June 21 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian post...

Ukrainian President Calls For Ceasefire In East Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

By Natalia Zinets KIEV, June 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Monday he had ordered troops to regain control of the frontier...


Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Life is tense, these days in Kiev. The faces of the locals are stiff and their reactions are fast, as in an emergency ward. One cannot lose one's nerve in a life threatening situation. 

Key Win For Ukrainian Forces

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

By Pavel Polityuk and Timothy Heritage KIEV, June 13 (Reuters) - Ukrainian government forces reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from ...

Separatists: Fighters Killed Collecting Bodies From Ukrainian Airport

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

By Thomas Grove and Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, May 31 (Reuters) - Ukrainian separatist leader Denis Pushilin said on Saturda...

Another Team Of International Monitors Goes Missing In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

VIENNA, May 30 (Reuters) - Another team of monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has been detained in eastern Ukraine,...

Uneasy Calm Returns To Streets Of Donetsk

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, May 28 (Reuters) - An uneasy calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday after the bi...

Election Results: Ukraine Looks to an Integrated Europe Its Own Voters Reject

Max Tholl | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Max Tholl

A twisted turn of events led to the coinciding of the European elections with the presidential election in Ukraine. And the contrast couldn't be starker. In Ukraine, people strove and fought for Western-style democracy, whereas here, many are left disillusioned by just that. The results show how many people have turned their backs on Europe and are now following the siren calls from the extreme ends of the political spectrum. Voters have granted populists of all colors sweeping victories in many countries, establishing them as mainstream parties and making their political views more and more socially acceptable. This is the real historical moment of this election: the return to our own past, the return to a history whose long shadows we have been trying to eradicate. The election results render true what Marx knew many years ago: that history repeats itself -- first as tragedy, second as farce.

Top Ukrainian Defense Official: 'We Cannot Negotiate With Separatists'

Gazeta Wyborcza | Posted 05.22.2014 | World

KIEV — Andriy Gabrov, senior advisor at the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, predicts that the story of Crimean nationality isn't o...

Inside Ukraine's Make-Or-Break Elections

Kommersant | Valeri Kalnish | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

A common theme among all of the candidates is the idea that Ukraine’s regions need to have more autonomy. That is an obvious response to the current...

Religious Tensions Contribute To Ukraine's Worsening Political Divide

Reuters | Tom Heneghan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Religious tensions are deepening dividing lines in Ukraine's crisis, with rival churches taking political sides and Kiev slighting the Rus...

Deadly Clashes Rage In Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2014 | World

By Ralph Boulton KIEV, May 9 (Reuters) - Ukraine's interior minister said security forces had killed about 20 pro-Russian rebels in th...

For One Young Ukrainian, The Maidan Dreams Of Democracy Are Dying

The Washington Post | Kathy Lally | Posted 05.08.2014 | World

DONETSK — Yegor Firsov watches as bullets decide his future. Gunmen have been steadily occupying government buildings in a string of towns in eas...

Ukrainian Troops Briefly Seize Rebel-Held City Hall

Reuters | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

By Matt Robinson MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 7 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces seized the rebel-held city hall in the eastern port city of Mar...

Ukraine Buries Its Dead On First Quiet Morning In East

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2014 | World

By Matt Robinson and Aleksandar Vasovic KRAMATORSK/ODESSA, Ukraine, May 6 (Reuters) - Both sides have been burying their dead as Ukrai...

Sanctions Will Not Deter Russia

David R. Cameron | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
David R. Cameron

The annexation of Crimea guaranteed the long-term security of the Sevastopol base. But that was only one of several concerns for Russia raised by the conduct and composition of the new Ukrainian government. Other equally important concerns remain, and until they are addressed, Russia will continue to apply pressure on Kiev. Given the current and likely future underrepresentation of eastern Ukraine in the central government, Russia insists that Ukraine be transformed from a highly centralized unitary state into a highly decentralized federal state in which the regions control their economy, taxes, culture, language and education.

In Eastern Ukraine, The Mob Rules

Reuters | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

By Matt Robinson DONETSK, Ukraine, May 5 (Reuters) - His mistake was to run from the advancing mob, and that was enough for the men an...