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In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Fifty women aged 18 to 40 – including a make-up artist, a veterinarian, and a housewife – signed up for the courses to learn gun handling basics and hand-to-hand combat

Women and girls take part in a two-hour session to learn gun handling basics and hand-to-hand combat at a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on January 26, 2019. Training in handling firearms is part of the self-defense courses for women that were established last year due to war that goes on in Ukraine's separatist east. Courses that are called "White Angels" and are totally free were organized by police officers and former soldiers who fought against Russia-backed rebels in about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Mariupol. ALEKSEY FILIPPOV / AFP

Ukraine says rebels attack near Mariupol, NATO deploys Baltics troops

Mar 09, 2015 - 11:53 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile NATO forces prepared for a major exercise in the Baltics where Russia s involvement in the Ukraine war has jangled nerves

ROCK THE VOTE. People hold Russian flags as they gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Ukraine's Mariupol holds its breath for next rebel move

Mar 02, 2015 - 2:47 PM

While a fragile two week old ceasefire shows signs of holding Kiev says pro Russian separatists are using the truce to regroup their forces especially around Mariupol

People walk past a house damaged by recent shelling in Mariupol, a city on the Sea of Azov, in this January 26, 2015 file photo. Nikolai Ryabchenko/Files/Reuters

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The announcement of the pull back comes after a shaky truce that was meant to come into force February 15 finally took hold across the conflict zone in recent days

A Ukrainian military commander known under the nom de guerre 'Sobol' stands in position in Shyrokino village, near Mariupol, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 25 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Fears for truce as attacking rebels mass near Ukraine port city

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Continued hostilities meant a pull back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed Ukrainian officials say

READY. A Ukrainian serviceman stands in a truck pulling a twin-barreled anti-aircraft gun as his unit on withdrawal has a rest in the village of Artemivsk, near Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 23 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Obama ramps up pressure on Russia after deadly Ukraine blitz

Jan 26, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Obama says he will now look at all options – short of military intervention – to restrain Russian President Vladimir Putin s alleged proxy war aimed at stripping Ukraine s pro Western leaders of their vital eastern industrial base

Smoke and flames rise above a burning building after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, 24 January 2015. Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Poroshenko vows to deliver 'full victory' over pro-Russia rebels

Jan 25, 2015 - 12:30 AM

Petro Poroshenko promises to be victorious over pro Russian rebels who have planned an offensive against the port of Mariupol

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

Rebel leader to launch assault on Ukraine's Mariupol

Jan 24, 2015 - 11:12 PM

According to Russia s RIA Novosti Donetsk separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko says his group is launching an offensive against Mariupol

At least 10 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's Mariupol

Jan 24, 2015 - 4:54 PM

UPDATED The police says long range Grad rockets hit a market in an eastern district facing roads that have come under attack from separatist militias in recent days

Russia, Ukraine trade blame as fighting tests truce

Sep 14, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on world leaders not to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his decision to sign Moscow up to a truce aimed at ending a five month war that has claimed more than 2 700 lives

A unit of Ukrainian soldiers are accompanied by a dog as they march on a road at a checkpoint near Pervomaysk, in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, 13 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Poroshenko: East Ukraine 'radically changed' since truce

Sep 10, 2014 - 4:36 PM

He again vows that the separatist eastern regions where the rebels have declared their own republics would remain part of Ukraine

Ukrainian loyalists hold their flag as they rally at the last checkpoint on the eastern side of Mariupol on August 30, 2014. Francisco Leong/AFP

EU sanctions Russia despite new Putin-Poroshenko peace push

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:10 AM

European leaders have been keen to ensure a halt to the fighting that has rattled financial markets and provoked a trade war with Russia damaging farmers and threatening the economic recoveries of leading EU nations such as Germany

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (C) shakes hands with workers during his visit to the Mariupol Metallurgic Plant in the eastern Ukrainian city Mariupol Ukraine, 08 September 2014. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Ukraine president says 1,200 captives held by rebels now free

Sep 08, 2014 - 11:00 PM

Poroshenko: In the past 4 days we have managed to free 1 200 of our prisoners

IN MARIUPOL. Soldiers of Ukrainian self-defense battalion Azov man a check point on a road in the eastern Ukrainian city Mariupol, Ukraine, 08 September 2014.

Renewed fighting threatens Ukraine truce

Sep 07, 2014 - 9:08 PM

Insurgent militias bombard a government held checkpoint on the eastern edge of the port city of Mariupol overnight local officials say killing one woman and triggering panic among terrified residents

People walk past a burning gas station on September 7, 2014 after an overnight bombing attack, near an Ukrainian army checkpoint in the outskirts of the key southeastern port city of Mariupol. Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Heavy fighting threatens Ukraine ceasefire

Sep 07, 2014 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Separatists insist they will not give up their ambitions for an independent state and weary local residents are doubtful the ceasefire will bring lasting peace

Ukrainian servicemen sit atop an armored personnel carrier (APC) as they ride near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on September 6, 2014. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels agree ceasefire

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:40 AM

Skeptical Western governments said they still planned to impose tough new sanctions on Moscow over what they claim is Russian aggression in the former Soviet state

CEASEFIRE DEAL. (From L-R) Representative of self-proclaimed 'People Republic of Donetsk' Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko, Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, rebel leader of 'People Republic of Lugansk' Igor Plotnitsky, OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, and former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma make an official statement on the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, 2014. Ukraine, Vasily Maximov/AFP

Fighting in Ukraine's eastern hotpots despite truce talks

Sep 05, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Mariupol is the latest flashpoint in the near 5 month conflict in eastern Ukraine as pro Russian rebels wage a counter offensive that has seen swathes of land seized from government forces in just a matter of days

CROSSING BORDERS. Ukrainian citizens stand line on the Ukraine-Russia 'Donetsk' border crossing in Rostov area, Russia, 04 September 2014. Arkady Budnitsky/EPA

Russia, NATO square off over Ukraine as Obama heads to Europe

Sep 03, 2014 - 2:34 PM

Moscow s surprise declaration of a shift in its military doctrine comes ahead of a NATO summit in Wales at which beleaguered Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will lobby US President Barack Obama for military backing

A Ukrainian soldier drives on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on a road near a military camp in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 02, 2014 - 7:58 AM

The sense of foreboding in Kiev comes as European mediated talks over the fast escalating crisis opens behind closed doors in the Belarussian capital Minsk attended by government separatist and Russian envoys

ON EDGE. Ukrainian loyalists hold their flag as they rally at the last checkpoint on the eastern side of Mariupol on August 30, 2014. Francisco Leong/AFP

Port city waits as Kiev loyalists prepare for battle

Aug 31, 2014 - 5:35 PM

With pro Russian rebels threatening at the gates fighters loyal to Ukraine in the port city of Mariupol are having to face a hard truth: they will be unable to save this vital port city alone

ON EDGE. Ukrainian loyalists hold their flag as they rally at the last checkpoint on the eastern side of Mariupol on August 30, 2014. Francisco Leong/AFP