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EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile a promise by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to grant temporary self rule for territories under rebel control as long as they give up separatist ambitions has dominated political debate in the run up to the parliamentary polls

UKRAINE. Soldiers of the Ukrainian National Guard get winter uniforms and flak jackets before being send send to east Ukraine, at their base in the village Novi Petrivtsi, near Kiev, Ukraine, 30 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine interim president: rebel vote 'farce without legal basis'

May 12, 2014 - 3:47 PM

The rebels in Donetsk declared the results a few hours after polls closed saying that nearly 90 had voted in favor of independence with a 75 turnout

REFERENDUM? Members of a local election commission count votes after a referendum organized by the so-called Donetsk People's Republic members at a polling station in Donetsk, Ukraine, May 11, 2014. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Dozens die in Odessa blaze as Ukraine violence spreads

May 03, 2014 - 9:28 AM

UPDATED The unrest in Ukraine started with peaceful demonstrations in Kiev in November against then president Viktor Yanukovych but has rapidly degenerated into a full blown global crisis

Ukraine in deadly assault on rebel-held town, raising stakes

May 02, 2014 - 3:16 PM

Kiev officials said rebels shot down one helicopter with a rocket propelled grenade killing its pilot

Pro-Russian mob seizes building in Ukraine's Donetsk

May 01, 2014 - 9:15 PM

UPDATED The crowd stripped weapons and shields from some of the police several of whom fled

US warns Russia against 'expensive mistake' in Ukraine

Apr 25, 2014 - 11:24 AM

The USA warns Russia of making an expensive mistake regarding its tensions with Ukraine

ARMED. An armed pro-Russian protestor stands guard at a checkpoint near Krasnyi Liman, in the Donetsk area, Ukraine, April 24, 2014. Evgeniy Maloletka/EPA

US rejects Lavrov's 'ludicrous' Ukraine claims

Apr 24, 2014 - 7:46 AM

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the claims that Washington was running the show or funding it were ones that she would put in the ludicrous category

LUDICROUS? Pro-Russian protestors attend a rally near a barricade in front of the occupied regional administration building, in Donetsk, Ukraine, 23 April 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

UN Security Council holds crisis talks on Ukraine

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:47 AM

A UN official says the situation in the Ukraine has become more combustible than ever

Ukraine orders Crimean troop withdrawal

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:59 PM

Ukraine s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov somberly told top lawmakers that both servicemen and their families would now be relocated to the mainland

THE NEW REALITY. An unmarked soldier stands next to a combat vehicle on one of the streets in Simferopol, Ukraine, 19 March 2014. Jakub Kaminski/EPA

Putin defies West with Crimea 'land grab'

Mar 19, 2014 - 12:01 PM

The quick treaty signing in the Kremlin plunges relations with the West to a new post Cold War low

LAND GRAB? People gather at Lenin Square after the end of the referendum in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, March 16, 2014. 96.6% of Crimeans voted for the Ukrainian region's accession to Russia in a controversial referendum on March16. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Crimea votes to join Russia, tensions soar

Mar 17, 2014 - 7:46 AM

The Crimean referendum is perhaps the most radical redrawing of the map of Europe since Kosovo s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia

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 won't intervene in Crimea, referendum a 'sham:' president

Mar 12, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Ukraine s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov slammed the upcoming referendum on Crimea as a sham

A SHAM REFERENDUM. Oleksandr Turchynov at a session in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Photo by Yury Kirnichny/AFP

Ukraine makes first contacts with Russia to avert war

Mar 05, 2014 - 7:23 AM

Yatsenyuk said the consultations with Moscow mainly concerned the status of a 15 billion loan package that Putin promised to Yanukovych in December

WAR IN SIGHT? Ukrainian troops watch as Russian Navy ships bloc the entrance of the Ukrainian navy base in Sevastopol, Ukraine 04 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Russian troops deploy in Crimea as Obama warns Kremlin

Mar 01, 2014 - 8:32 AM

A US defense official says Russia has moved several hundred troops into Crimea

Obama expresses deep concern on Ukraine, may skip G8 summit

Mar 01, 2014 - 8:20 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama says any violation of Ukraine s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing

'DEEPLY-CONCERNED'. US President Barack Obama says they will continue communicating directly with the Russian government on the crisis. File photo from the White House

Ukraine retakes Crimea airports after Russian 'invasion'

Feb 28, 2014 - 9:04 PM

The spiraling tensions in Crimea were due to take a dramatic turn when ousted president Viktor Yanukovych briefs reporters after winning protection from Moscow

'ARMED INVASION.' Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport, on February 28, 2014. Photo by Viktor Drachev/AFP

EU, Russia bid to calm tensions over Ukraine

Feb 26, 2014 - 10:13 AM

World powers sought to ease tensions over Ukraine as the country s interim authorities grappled with the threat of economic collapse and separatism

HONORING THE FALLEN. A Ukrainian man holds a national flag during a meeting in memory of those who were killed during the recent violent protests, in Kiev, Ukraine, 24 February 2014. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine interim leader warns of 'dangerous signs' of separatism

Feb 25, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Russia tones down Moscow s rhetoric confirming Russia s position of non intervention in Ukraine s internal affairs

Russia says it won't intervene in Ukraine

Feb 25, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Russia s Lavrov: We confirmed our principled position of non intervention in Ukraine s internal affairs and expect that everyone follows similar logic

HONORING THE FALLEN. A Ukrainian man holds a national flag during a meeting in memory of those who were killed during the recent violent protests, in Kiev, Ukraine, 24 February 2014. Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

LIST: 5 hot spots of unrest around the world

Feb 25, 2014 - 8:50 PM

From intense political showdowns to an uproar over government decisions here are five major political hot spots around the world right now

Ukraine issues arrest warrant for Yanukovych over 'mass murder'

Feb 24, 2014 - 5:54 PM

Ukraine issues an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych as the country s new rulers launch a probe over the mass murder of protesters

WANTED. In this photo, Ukraine's then President Viktor Yanukovych speaks during live interview with Ukraine's main television channels in Kiev on December 19, 2013. Muykhylo Markiv/Ukranian Presidential Press Service/Handout/AFP

Ukraine ushers in new era, president flees

Feb 23, 2014 - 7:29 PM

UPDATED A new era dawns in Ukraine as parliament appoints a pro Western interim leader after ousted president Viktor Yanukovych flees Kiev to escape retribution for a week of deadly carnage

LIGHTS. Anti-government protesters hold a portrait of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko while she speaks to a crowd at a rally in Kiev Ukraine, 22 February 2014. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA