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Ukraine ‘on the brink of civil war’, warns Russia’s PM

Ukraine ‘on the brink of civil war’, warns Russia’s PM

Apr 15, – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave a gloomy assessment after at least two people died on Sunday when Kiev unsuccessfully tried to regain control in Slavyansk, one of about 10 towns and cities where the separatists have seized buildings. Russia has declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war, as Kiev said […]

April 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pro-Russian rebels ignore ultimatum, tighten grip on east Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels ignore ultimatum, tighten grip on east Ukraine

Apr 15, – Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown. Ukraine’s interim president, Oleksander Turchinov, said on Monday the offensive against the rebels would still go ahead. But in a […]

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Greek riot police clash with retail employee protesters

Greek riot police clash with retail employee protesters

Apr 14, – Hundreds of protesters battled with riot police in one of the Greek capital’s main shopping districts. No injuries or damage have been reported. About 500 protesters, which included retail employees but also several anarchists, closed access to shops on a central Athens street and handed leaflets protesting the extension of Sunday shopping […]

April 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine gives pro-Russians ultimatum to disarm or face military operation

Ukraine gives pro-Russians ultimatum to disarm or face military operation

Apr 14, – Turning to force to try to restore its authority in the vital industrial east, Ukraine’s government announced Sunday it was sending in troops to try to quash an increasingly brazen pro-Russian insurgency, despite repeated warnings from the Kremlin. Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a […]

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Deaths, injuries reported as Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russian rebels

Deaths, injuries reported as Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russian rebels

Apr 13, – Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from state buildings in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with dead reported on both sides as Kiev combatted what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. With East-West relations in crisis, NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of […]

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Ukraine prepare troops to recapture city seized by pro-Russian separatists

Ukraine prepare troops to recapture city seized by pro-Russian separatists

April 12, – Armed separatists took control of a city in eastern Ukraine on Saturday and Kiev prepared troops to tackle what it called an “act of aggression by Russia”, pushing the conflict between the neighbors into a dangerous new phase. Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in Slaviansk, a town about 150 […]

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Protesters clash with police as thousands march in Rome against austerity

Protesters clash with police as thousands march in Rome against austerity

Apr 12, – At least 80 people – both police and protesters – have been injured as street battles broke out in Rome, with rocks being flung and police deploying pepper spray. Thousands took to the street to march against austerity measures. Blasts and sirens could be heard as a splinter group of masked protesters […]

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Ukraine leader offers amnesty to pro-Russian separatists

Ukraine leader offers amnesty to pro-Russian separatists

Apr 11, – The olive branch offer came as the clock ticked down to a Friday morning deadline for the separatists to walk out of the state security building in the eastern city of Lugansk and the seat of government in nearby Donetsk or face the possible use of force. Ukraine’s embattled acting president promised […]

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French court blocks Kazakh ex-banker’s extradition to Russia

French court blocks Kazakh ex-banker’s extradition to Russia

Apr 09, – France’s top appeals court on Wednesday overturned a decision to extradite a former Kazakh banker whose dual roles as opposition leader and fugitive from justice led to charges in four countries. Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former Kazakh energy minister and onetime chairman of BTA Bank, has been jailed since police special forces seized […]

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Ukraine arrests 70 pro-Russians in ‘anti-terrorist’ operation in eastern city

Ukraine arrests 70 pro-Russians in ‘anti-terrorist’ operation in eastern city

Apr 08, – Police arrested 70 pro-Russian demonstrators in Kharkiv on Tuesday, as protesters in two other cities held similar standoffs. Ukrainian authorities gave few details of the operation that cleared the building in Kharkiv but said two police had been wounded by a grenade. The fight erupted hours after Ukraine launched an “anti-terrorist” operation […]

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