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Kiev And Rebels To Hold Mass Prisoner Exchange, Says Ukraine Security Service

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

* Exchange is part of 12-point peace plan * Ukraine says rebels using ceasefire to regroup (Adds OSCE comments on peace talks) ...

Ukraine's President Hails First Full Overnight Truce In Rebel East

Reuters | Posted 12.16.2014 | World

KIEV, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine's separatist east passed the night into Tuesday without any shooting, President Petro Poroshenko said, hailing the ...

UN: Death Toll In Eastern Ukraine Up To 4,707

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed at least at least 4,707 people since the conflict began in mid-April and more than a quarter of...

Why East Ukrainians Are Fleeing To Russia

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 12.11.2014 | World

After months of bitter fighting between Ukraine's army and pro-Russian separatists in the country's east, a significant number of the region's residen...

The British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Russia On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain's embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednes...

Putin Says Sides Not Abiding Peace Deal In Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both ...

New Video Shows The Fiery Aftermath Of Downed Flight MH17

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.16.2014 | World

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtain...

Ukraine Warns Of A Worsening Security Situation

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.13.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine warned Thursday that the security situation is steadily worsening in the country's rebel-held east as separatist fighte...

Heaviest Shelling In A Month Hits Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2014 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 9 (Reuters) - East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummel on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE s...

Powerful Explosion Rocks Rebel-Held Ukrainian City Of Donetsk

AP | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A powerful explosion has shaken the largest rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine as daily battles continue in the region...

Ukraine's Military Says Separatists Violate Month-Old Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused Russian-backed separatists of fresh violations of...

Ukraine's Military Readies To Pull Back Big Guns From Crisis-Torn East

Reuters | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth KIEV, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military said on Monday it was pulling back artillery and heavy armor from the front line ...

Ukraine's President Pledges To Give The Country's East More Autonomy

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president promised Wednesday to introduce a bill as early as next week that would offer greater autonomy to the pro-R...

Ukraine -- the World Is Watching

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Shortsighted experts and commentators in the West naively believe that giving Russia one more piece of Ukrainian territory will resolve the problem. It would if this was the Russia's objective.

Why Russia Wants the Federalization of Ukraine

Alexander Motyl | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alexander Motyl

The long-term solution everyone's been talking about -- including Merkel and her Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier --is "federalization." For Russia, long a champion of federalization in the Donbas (and long a foe of federalization at home), federalization means near-independence. Presumably after having been briefed by Ukrainian officials about why the term is unacceptable, Merkel emphasized that what she really meant was "decentralization."

Battle For Key Southeast Coast Heats Up In Ukraine

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 10.27.2014 | World

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captu...

Heavily Armed 'Men In Green' Enter East Ukrainian Villages

Reuters | Posted 10.26.2014 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Unidentified, heavily-armed strangers with Russian accents have appeared in an eastern ...

Ukraine Says Government Forces Have Entered Rebel-Held City

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 10.17.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough developme...

Russian Aid Convoy Heads Toward Ukraine Amid Controversy

AP | ALEXANDER ROSLYAKOV | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKY, Russia (AP) — Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on...

Ukraine: Rebels Have Shot Down A Ukrainian Military Plane

Reuters | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk KIEV, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The head of NATO called on Russia to "step back from the brink" of war by pulling i...

Some Rebels In Ukraine Vent Frustration With Putin

Reuters | Aleksandar Vasovic | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

By Aleksandar Vasovic DONETSK, Ukraine, July 30 (Reuters) - Western leaders may be Vladimir Putin's biggest critics over the conflict in east Ukrai...

Civilian Death Toll In Eastern Ukraine Rises As Several Cities Are Shelled

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 09.28.2014 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Shells smashed into a residential neighborhood of Donetsk on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces intensified their campaign to encir...

Heavy Fighting Turns Back International Police From MH17 Crash Site

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 09.27.2014 | World

SHAKHTARSK, Ukraine (AP) — Panicky residents in an eastern Ukrainian town fled their homes Monday carrying a few possessions in plastic bags and sma...

Love in the Mist of Petrified Trees

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Schimmelman

I am one of the fortunate ones. I have never been to war or singed with its insanity. When I see my government voluntarily send our citizens into battle without truth, on rationales that obviously lie to our faces, I want to raise my scream to the biosphere.

Russian Media on Malaysian Flight MH17 Tragedy: Epic Fail

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Kevin M. F. Platt

The Russian media has made one thing clear in the aftermath of the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: it generates a view of the world corresponding to the political needs of the Kremlin.