Ukraine unrest - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Ukraine unrest


Ukraine rebels withdraw from key frontline village

Jul 04, 2015 - 11:43 AM

But separatists warn that unilateral demilitarization by their side may not be enough to establish a lasting peace

REBELS WITHDRAW. A Ukrainian serviceman walks along boards used as protection against snipers in Shyrokyne, Donetsk region on June 29, 2015. Photo by Anatoli Stepanov/AFP

Russia, European powers agree to draft Ukraine peace plan

Feb 07, 2015 - 8:48 AM

A French official calls the talks constructive and substantial and says work is being done to pull together a document aimed at implementing a September truce

PEACE PLAN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrives in Moscow on February 6 to discuss with President Vladimir Putin a last minute peace initiative for Ukraine. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

EU tells Moscow to 'assume its responsibility' in Ukraine war

Jan 24, 2015 - 9:14 AM

But Russia denies arming or fighting alongside the rebels in eastern Ukraine

DESTRUCTION. A general view of the kindergarten No9 which was shelled in Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, January 22, 2015. The violence in eastern Ukraine surged again amid reports that government troops had given up Donetsk airport after months of fighting against pro-Russian separatists. File photo by Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine and rebels hope to pull back heavy weapons as truce holds

Dec 10, 2014 - 8:33 PM

Residents in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk experience an unfamiliar silence overnight as a tentative truce appeared to be holding according to Agence France Presse AFP journalists

ON THE LOOKOUT. In this file photo, Ukrainian soldiers of the 'Donbass' battalion stand guard during an anti-terrorist operation against militants, in Maryinka town, near of Donetsk, Ukraine, 12 August 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Amnesty accuses Ukraine rivals of atrocities

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:26 PM

The rights group found evidence of deliberate killings attributable to both sides but not on the scale reported by Russian media and authorities

UNREST. Anti-government protesters throw rocks during clashes with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliment in Kiev on February 18, 2014. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

'Some progress' in difficult Ukraine, Russia talks – Germany

Aug 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Germany s Steinmeier: Difficult talks but I think and I hope that we have made some progress on certain points

MEETING IN BERLIN. Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius of France (L-R), Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine, Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, and Sergei Lavrov of Russia meet to confer about the situation in Ukraine in Berlin, Germany, 17 August 2014. Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

Ukraine hoists flag over pro-Russian bastion

Jul 06, 2014 - 2:36 PM

Resurgent government forces hoist the Ukrainian flag over pro Russian rebels main stronghold Slavyansk after a shelling onslaught leveled much of the city but delivered Kiev the biggest success of its campaign

TAKEOVER. A hand out picture taken on June 3, 2014 and released by the Prime Minister Press Service displays an APC of the Ukrainian forces moving some 20 km from the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. AFP Photo / Prime-Minister Press Service / Andrew Kravchenko

Pro-Russian rebels seize Ukraine state bank in Donetsk

Jun 16, 2014 - 10:03 PM

The surprise offensive by dozens of pro Russian gunmen further complicates Kiev s deadly and thus far inconclusive two month campaign to reunify the fractured ex Soviet state

SEIZE. Pro-Russian rebels walk outside a local branch of the National Bank of Ukraine after seizing the building in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on June 16, 2014. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Russia cuts Ukraine's gas after talks fail

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:02 PM

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the supply halt another stage of Russia s aggression against the Ukrainian state

GAS CUT. Russia has stopped delivering gas to Ukraine, but the country has enough reserves until December, the country's energy company said on June 16, 2014. File photo by Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ukraine, Russia launch crisis talks on gas, insurgency

Jun 09, 2014 - 11:59 PM

The EU mediated gas talks in Brussels come on the eve of a Russian deadline for Ukraine to cover a debt of nearly 4 4 billion or have its shipments end on Wednesday

CRISIS TALKS. The EU-mediated gas talks in Brussels come on the eve of a Russian deadline for Ukraine to cover a debt of nearly $4.4 billion or have its shipments end on Wednesday. File photo of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by Alain Jocard/AFP

Hundreds of rebels mount day-long east Ukraine assault

Jun 03, 2014 - 12:07 AM

The day long battle at Lugansk killed at least five insurgents and wounded eight servicemen

DAY-LONG ASSAULT. Pro-Russian militants and firemen run away as they leave the Regional State building they seized during a shoot-out with Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. Photo by Alex Inoy/AFP

US says Russia allows fighters to cross into Ukraine

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:19 PM

A US official says claims evidence that Russia continues to allow the free flow of weapons funds and fighters across its borders

 PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENCY. US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew claims that Russia continues to allow the free flow of weapons, funds, and fighters across its borders. File photo by MIGUEL LOPES/EPA

Russia pushes back Ukraine gas cut ultimatum

Jun 02, 2014 - 9:50 PM

Russia s surprise gas decision came hours before the two sides were to lock horns in Brussels over a price dispute that emerged when Moscow cancelled the discounts it awarded pro Kremlin leader Viktor Yanukovych prior to his February fall

GAS CUT ULTIMATUM. A file photo dated December 16, 2008 of a gas pressure-gauge gas-compressor station 'Bobrovnytska' in Mryn village, about 130 km of Kiev, Ukraine. File photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Air strikes and gun battles at airport now Ukraine's frontline

May 26, 2014 - 11:29 PM

All flights are halted out of the airport which was evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self declared Donetsk People s Republic showed up overnight demanding that Ukrainian troops guarding the perimeter be withdrawn

CONFRONTATION. Black smoke billows from Donetsk international airport, seen behind a cemetery, during heavy gun battle between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 26, 2014. The fierce confrontation erupted after Ukrainian oligarch Petro Poroshenko, who claimed victory in Sunday's crucial presidential election, vowed to press on with an offensive against pro-Russian separatists waging a bloody insurgency across the east. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Battle for key Ukraine airport as future leader vows 'no Somalia'

May 26, 2014 - 9:41 PM

Scores of gunmen storm the airport in an apparent show of defiance against Poroshenko the Ukrainian oligarch who claimed a resounding victory in Ukraine s presidential election

CONFLICT. Pro-Western businessman Petro Poroshenko, who wants a dialogue with Russia, has won Ukraine's presidential election with a simple majority in the first round. Scores of gunmen storm the airport on May 26 in an apparent show of defiance against Poroshenko. Robert Ghement/EPA

US wants 'firm evidence' of Russian withdrawal from Ukraine borders

May 19, 2014 - 10:58 PM

We ll want to see clear firm evidence of this move before we make any judgment a US official says regarding Russia s withdrawal of troops

Russia orders troops back to bases ahead of Ukraine vote

May 19, 2014 - 10:48 PM

In a move that could ease tensions Russian President Vladimir Putin orders thousands of troops deployed in border regions to return to barracks after the end of spring exercises

Complaints over journalists' arrests in Crimea, east Ukraine

May 19, 2014 - 9:48 PM

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of arresting journalists

US condemns 'unacceptable' Odessa violence

May 03, 2014 - 10:55 AM

US renews its call for immediate implementation of a peace deal clinched in Geneva last month

Ukraine PM accuses Russia of trying to provoke war

Apr 27, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Ukrainian PM accuses a Russian military aircraft of violating Ukrainian airspace hence potentially sparking more conflict between the two

PROVOKE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk accuses Russia of trying to spark a conflict by violating Ukrainian airspace. File photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Ukraine in bloody battle to oust pro-Russian gunmen

Apr 13, 2014 - 4:51 PM

UPDATED At least 2 people were killed and 9 wounded in gun battles between Ukrainian special forces and pro Russia militias

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Ukraine leader, opposition reach deal to end crisis

Feb 21, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Ukraine s leader and opposition say they have agreed to a deal after three days of carnage left nearly 100 protesters dead and the heart of Kiev resembling a war zone

SIEGE. Protesters build a barricade on February 21, 2014 at the Independent square in Kiev. Photo by Bulent Kilic

WebHits: I Am a Ukrainian

Feb 21, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Unrest in the Ukraine escalates This Youtube video with over 3 million views explains the protesters cause

BURNING. Protesters clash with riot police at Independence Square during protests in downtown Kiev. Photo by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

KEY FACTS: Ukraine

Feb 20, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Here are key facts about the former Soviet republic of Ukraine

UNREST. A general view of Independence Square during protests in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 18 February 2014. Photo Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Rappler Newscast | February 20, 2014

Feb 20, 2014 - 10:37 PM

Miriam: SC ruling on online libel erroneous Disini: Cybercrime has chilling effect on freedom of speech Live rounds used in Kiev clashes

EU urges crisis-hit Ukraine to adopt 'urgent' reforms

Feb 13, 2014 - 8:40 PM

The protest movement erupted in November when Yanukovych rejected a key EU trade and political pact in favour of closer ties with Russia

PRO-EU RALLY. Ukrainians march during an anti-government mass protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 24 November 2013. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Ukraine leader slams opposition after taking sick leave

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:55 PM

President Viktor Yanukovych also admitted for the first time that the authorities had made mistakes

BLAME GAME? People walk past a protester's camp on the Independence Square during ongoing protests in Kiev, Ukraine, on January 30. President Viktor Yanukovych accused the opposition of inflaming tensions in Ukraine's crisis. Photo by Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA