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Ukraine on edge after clashes as third policeman dies

Sep 02, 2015 - 8:43 AM

The unrest further exacerbates divisions in Poroshenko s ruling coalition with nationalists deeply opposed to giving the separatists greater control over the country s war ravaged east

ANGER IN THE STREET. Opponents of changes to Ukrainian Constitution clash with police in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015 as lawmakers accepted the project to changing Ukrainian Constitution about decentralization of power in first reading. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

New deaths and diplomatic warfare rattle Ukraine truce

Jun 14, 2015 - 1:20 PM

The latest fatalities in the twisting and hotly disputed zone separating Ukrainian forces from their pro Russian foes in the separatist east add to the strains of a February truce

READY FOR BATTLE. Volunteers of the Azov Battalion stand in line as the attend parade in the eastern city of Mariupol, Ukraine, June 13, 2015. Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Poroshenko warns of 'colossal threat' of new Ukraine fighting

Jun 04, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Fresh clashes erupt near the rebel stronghold of Donetsk reviving fears in Kiev that the separatists may be gearing up for a new push into government controlled territory

SHELLED. Firemen put out a fire at damaged shops after shelling at a market in the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, June 3, 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:21 PM

A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk could pave the way for a second meeting

ON THE ROAD. Military vehicles drive on a road in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 11 September 2014. File photo/Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Ukraine s parliament overwhelmingly vote to revoke the nation s neutral status which it adopted under Russian pressure in 2010

In this file photo, deputies of the new Ukrainian parliament take the oath of office during the opening of a session in Kiev on November 27, 2014. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:06 AM

But a high ranking Ukrainian official says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia

WELCOME TO KIEV. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) welcomes Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 December 2014. Mykola Lazarenko/Pool/EPA

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Dec 17, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The telephone conversation comes after the White House confirms that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on December 8, 2014. Alexey Druzhinin/Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Federica Mogherini comes to Kiev ahead of a tough decision in Brussels on whether to re engage Russia or step up sanctions against it

WELCOME TO UKRAINE. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) shakes hands with Federica Mogherini (L), the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 December 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

The year Putin tore up the rule book

Dec 15, 2014 - 9:00 AM

In 2014 Vladimir Putin upends global rules with considerable chutzpah sowing just enough uncertainty to keep the world unsure of his intentions or his next move – or whether he had even done anything wrong in the first place

Poroshenko pleads with Russia: Withdraw from Ukraine

Dec 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Poroshenko on a visit to Australia spoke as a day old ceasefire largely holds along the bloodied frontline in eastern Ukraine but hopes of peace talks and pulling back heavy weaponry still hang in the balance

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Singapore, 09 December 2014. Wallace Woon/EPA

Ukraine peace talks delayed but ceasefire largely holds

Dec 09, 2014 - 9:05 AM

UPDATED The diplomatic war of words and jostling for position intensifies as the prospect of new Ukrainian peace talks nears

A Ukrainian tank rides on December 4, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian village of Orlovka in the Donetsk region, which is under control by Ukrainian forces, after night shelling by pro-Russian separatist. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Putin, Hollande attempt to defuse Ukraine tensions

Dec 06, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Hollande is the first Western leader to visit Russia since the beginning of the crisis which caused the European Union and the United States to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow

HOLLANDE AND PUTIN. French President Francois Hollande (L) meets with Russia's President Vladimir Putin on December 6, 2014, in Moscow, back from a two-day visit in Kazakhstan. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels announce December 9 truce

Dec 05, 2014 - 8:08 AM

The unexpected announcement provides the latest glimmer of hope that fighting across the eastern rustbelt of the ex Soviet nation was nearing to a close after 8 months that saw 4 300 people killed

A Ukrainian tank rides on December 4, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian village of Orlovka in the Donetsk region, which is under control by Ukrainian forces, after night shelling by pro-Russian separatist. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine says ceasefire reached around Donetsk airport

Dec 02, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Residents around the airport say a lull in the fighting that has been raging on a nearly daily basis ensued shortly after the negotiations began

In this file photo, pro-Russian militants take position on the roof of the international airport of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

Monitors fear rising violence in eastern Ukraine

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Meanwhile Dutch investigators hoping to recover debris from a doomed airliner leave the MH17 crash site with little progress

Dutch experts set up a sign reading 'No entrance! The remains of flight MH17 crash victims may be placed here' at the crash site of Malaysian Airlines passenger jet MH17, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 11 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Fears of all-out Ukraine war grow as MH17 families mourn

Nov 11, 2014 - 7:34 AM

New columns of tanks trucks and heavy artillery rumble towards the pro Moscow rebel stronghold of Donetsk as fears grew of a return to all out fighting in war torn eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen fix an Armored Personnel Carrier at their position near Luhansk, Ukraine, 08 November 2014. Dmitriy Lipavskiy/EPA

Intense artillery fire in Ukraine's rebel bastion Donetsk

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:04 PM

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warns that the conflict between the Western backers of Ukraine and Russia could lead to a new Cold War

Ukrainian servicemen fix an Armored Personnel Carrier at their position near Luhansk, Ukraine, 08 November 2014. Dmitriy Lipavskiy/EPA

Ukraine peace plan hangs by a thread

Nov 05, 2014 - 8:57 PM

Artillery explosions can be heard early Wednesday around the airport in Donetsk where Ukrainian soldiers have been holding out for weeks against surrounding separatist forces

A man holds a Russian imperial flag as he takes part in a rally in support of the self-proclaimed 'People's Republics' of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Moscow on October 18, 2014. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Ukraine to 're-examine' peace plan with rebels

Nov 04, 2014 - 8:57 AM

Poroshenko says he and security chiefs will re examine Kiev s commitments to the ceasefire deal including abolition of a key element that offered separatists autonomy within Ukraine s existing borders

A man holds a Russian imperial flag as he takes part in a rally in support of the self-proclaimed 'People's Republics' of Donetsk and Lugansk, in Moscow on October 18, 2014. Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP

Russia backs Ukraine rebel vote despite criticism from West

Nov 03, 2014 - 8:17 AM

Moscow moves quickly to throw its weight behind the disputed elections deepening the international crisis over Ukraine

Members of an electoral commission empty a ballot box to count the ballots at the end of elections at polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, 02 November 2014. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine separatists vote in controversial election

Nov 02, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The elections in the self declared Donetsk People s Republic and Lugansk People s Republic are billed as bringing a degree of legitimacy to the makeshift military regimes that already control them

A man sits at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on October 31, 2014. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Ukraine fighting intensifies ahead of separatist vote

Nov 02, 2014 - 7:58 AM

The fighting comes ahead of elections in the self declared pro Russian statelets known as the Donetsk People s Republic and the Lugansk People s Republic

War-scarred Ukraine set for key polls

Oct 25, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex Soviet state

GETTING READY. Valentina Borshchova (L) and Raisa Gorbova (R), both members of a local election commission, prepare a ballot box in a polling station based near the frontline in the eastern Ukrainian village Kamyshevakha, Luhansk region, 24 October 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Beleaguered Ukraine calls truce in pro-Russia revolt

Sep 03, 2014 - 4:04 PM

UPDATED Kiev s announcement raised hopes of an end to fighting that has killed at least 2 600 people and driven relations between Russia and the West to their lowest ebb since the Cold War

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on the sidelines of a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on August 30, 2014. John Thys/AFP

Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles

Apr 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Allowing pro Russian rebels to seize six of its armored personnel carriers and disarm its servicemen is evidence of a poorly planned and executed operation analysts say