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Putin threatens retaliation as Kiev orders military operation in eastern Ukraine

Putin threatens retaliation as Kiev orders military operation in eastern Ukraine

Apr 24, – Ukraine’s government on Wednesday announced a renewed security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups, and Russia threatened retaliation for any such moves, as an international deal to defuse their ongoing standoff came under increasing strain. Prompted in part by the discovery Tuesday of the body of a Ukrainian politician, officials in Kyiv […]

April 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Kiev launches military offensive in eastern Ukraine, hopes for more U.S. help

Kiev launches military offensive in eastern Ukraine, hopes for more U.S. help

Apr 23, – Ukraine’s government has formally ended an Easter truce and is relaunching the “active phase” of an “anti-terrorist operation” to eliminate armed pro-Russian separatist groups in the east, First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema said on Wednesday. Yarema, who has a role in security matters, told reporters on the sidelines of a weekly […]

April 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Russia ‘outraged’ as deadly Ukraine gun battle shatters Easter truce

Russia ‘outraged’ as deadly Ukraine gun battle shatters Easter truce

Apr 21, – Following a deadly attack on a pro-Russian checkpoint in eastern Ukraine a pro-Russian local leader has announced a curfew and appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to send Russian peacekeepers. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has already expressed “outrage” at the early morning attack on a checkpoint near the town of Slovyansk on April […]

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Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Russia, Ukraine trade blame for deadly shootout in east

Apr 20, – Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead. The Ukrainian […]

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‘Deadly shootout’ in east Ukraine shatters Easter truce

‘Deadly shootout’ in east Ukraine shatters Easter truce

Apr 20, – The Ukrainian interior ministry said on Sunday that at one person was killed and three others wounded in a shootout near the city of Slavyiansk overnight. It said the details of the incident remained unclear. Earlier, the Reuters news agency on Sunday cited a member of a camera team who reported having […]

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Easter truce brings tense calm to Eastern Ukraine

Easter truce brings tense calm to Eastern Ukraine

Apr 19, – On Saturday, a spokeswoman from the SBU state security service said that an “anti-terrorist operation” to clear occupied buildings in Ukraine has been suspended, and that the decision was “linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays.” The militants who took control of police stations and public buildings […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
New Russia sanctions threats over Ukraine stalemate

New Russia sanctions threats over Ukraine stalemate

Apr 19, – The US has warned Russia of further sanctions unless it helps convince Ukrainian separatists to leave government buildings. They have so far ignored the terms of a deal to de-escalate the crisis and refused to budge. US national security advisor Susan Rice said Moscow must use its influence to persuade pro-Russian activists […]

April 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Four-way talks end with agreement on calming Ukraine tensions

Four-way talks end with agreement on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 18, – The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the […]

April 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Three pro-Russians ‘shot dead’ in clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Three pro-Russians ‘shot dead’ in clashes in Eastern Ukraine

Apr 17, – Ukraine’s Interior Minister said Thursday that three pro-Russian protesters were killed, 13 more were wounded, and 63 were arrested in a confrontation at a military base in the east of the country. The Wall Street Journal first reported the remarks by Arsen Avakov. The incident occurred at a base in the southeastern […]

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France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

France launches new Initiative to tackle sexual assault in military

Apr 15, – France claims great success in recruiting women into its armed forces, boasting one of the world’s highest percentages of women in uniform. What it hasn’t done is work to prevent sexual assault and harassment once they get there. That is about to change. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, on Tuesday presented a […]

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