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OSCE watchdog slams Ukraine for extraditing blogger to Turkey

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Ukrainian authorities confirm journalist and blogger Yusuf Inan had been handed to the Turkish authorities after Kiev received a request to extradite him last October

HARLEM DESIR. Human rights activist focused in media law Fultura Kusar, OSCE Media Freedom Representative Harlem Desir. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Russia's actions in Ukraine 'obstacle' to improved relations – U.S.

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The phone call comes as the two leaders discussed the death on Sunday of an American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who hit a landmine while on patrol in eastern Ukraine

TILLERSON ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, on February 17, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Merkel tells Erdogan of concerns over Turkey freedom of expression

Feb 02, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Merkel also passes on concerns over press freedom and the accreditation of German journalists in Turkey

MERKEL AND ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands during their meeting at the Presidential Palace on February 2, 2017 in Ankara. Photo by Adem Altan / AFP

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

Ukraine vows to show off 'captured Russian soldiers'

May 19, 2015 - 9:26 AM

The politically charged declaration comes as a tenuous February truce is broken by more violence that claimed the lives of at least 4 Ukrainian servicemen

RECOVERED. A Ukrainian soldier shows a weapon allegedly belonging to Russian servicemen captured by Ukrainian forces, during a briefing for media in General Staff of Ukrainian army in Kiev, Ukraine, 18 May 2015. Roman Pilipey/EPA

'Grave concern' about Ukraine fighting at 4-way talks

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Foreign ministers from Russia Ukraine France and Germany gather to assess progress in the truce deal agreed in February between the Ukraine government and pro Russian rebels

BERLIN MEETING. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pose for a group photo as they attend a meeting to examine the implementation of the Minsk peace accords at Villa Borsig in Berlin, Germany, April 13, 2015. Clemens Bilan/Pool/EPA

On anniversary of Ukraine war, shelling still shattering lives

Apr 07, 2015 - 10:00 AM

It s hard for us to believe in this ceasefire The shooting has never really ceased here and in the last days it s become worse than usual

RAZED. An international observer of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) inspects a burned house after shelling in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 6, 2015. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Ukraine, Moscow clash over rebel autonomy laws

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The latest wrangling over the east Ukraine peace plan comes as Moscow celebrates the one year anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine s Crimea peninsula

A local woman with her child walks next to a damaged in shelling city market in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 18 March 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

West vows 'strong' response if Ukraine truce violated

Mar 04, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Western leaders call for a strong reaction from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen ride on an APC as a column of military vehicles rolls on a road near Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 03 March 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Russia and Ukraine strike gas delivery deal

Mar 03, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The deal struck after tense talks in Brussels secures gas supplies to the European Union until the end of winter after they had been put at risk by a row over supplies to rebel held eastern Ukraine

An undated handout photo provided by the Slovakian gas-pipeline company Eustream on 11 April 2014 shows a gas compressor station in the eastern town of Velke Kapusany, Slovakia, near the border with Ukraine. Eustream/Handout/EPA

Kerry meets Lavrov as Ukraine death toll soars

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:47 PM

The meeting with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva came less than a week after Kerry accused Moscow of lying about its involvement in the conflict

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva March 2, 2015. Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Two killed as clashes threaten Ukraine truce

Mar 01, 2015 - 12:38 AM

UPDATED The two warring sides both said they were continuing the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front

AMONG THE RUINS. A man works to repair a damaged building after heavy fighting in eastern Ukrainian town Ilovaysk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 27 February 2015. Luca Piergiovanni/EPA

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

Arms pullback accord, prisoner swap bolster shaky Ukraine truce

Feb 22, 2015 - 4:52 PM

UPDATED But ongoing breaches of a week old ceasefire have already prompted a threat from the United States of serious new sanctions against Moscow within days

Major prisoner swap bolsters shaky Ukraine truce

Feb 22, 2015 - 11:35 AM

The rare glint of optimism comes on the heels of a pro Russian rebel offensive in the east capturing a major town from loyalists and drawing threats of new sanctions against Moscow

A pro-Russian rebel walk by a twin-barrelkled anti-aircraft gun in the streets of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 21 February 2015.  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine calls for peacekeepers after rebels take key town

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:01 AM

The loss is a bitter blow to the Ukrainian army and leaves a last ditch peace plan hammered out by the leaders of Ukraine Russia Germany and France hanging by a thread

RETREAT. Ukrainian servicemen on an armored military vehicle as they leave territory around Debaltseve, near Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 18 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Ukraine urges West to get 'tough' on Russia after rebels storm town

Feb 18, 2015 - 7:50 AM

As EU and UN officials express concern at the violence in the town of Debaltseve Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Kiev to permit its beleaguered soldiers to surrender

A view of an explosion is seen from the shelled gas pipe near the power station, not far from Debaltseve of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 17 February 2015. Anastacia Vlasova/EPA

Access agreed for OSCE monitors in Ukraine – Berlin

Feb 17, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The agreement is aimed at allowing observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE to monitor the situation on the ground around the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve

An Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observer (C) looks at a damaged building in Debaltseve, near Donetsk, Ukraine, 06 February 2015. Vladimir Vladimirov/EPA

'Stop shooting,' EU pleads as Ukraine ceasefire teeters

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:47 AM

Fighting rages around a strategic railway hub and both sides say conditions are not met to start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline

EMERGENCY. Separatist rebels help an injured comrade near a hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine, 16 February 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine truce largely observed – except around flashpoint town

Feb 15, 2015 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED Ukraine s military says that across the entire conflict zone its soldiers positions had come under fire from the rebels 60 times on Sunday with Debaltseve the main hotspot

STRUGGLE FOR NORMAL. Locals, wary of the violence in Ukraine, receive humanitarian aid supplies in the village of Shirokino, some 20 km from the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photo by Sergey Vaganov/EPA

Marathon Ukraine peace summit agrees ceasefire

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:08 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he German Chancellor Angela Merkel French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agree on the main points

MEET THE PRESS. (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose during for a group photo during the Ukraine peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, 11 February 2015. Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Ukraine peace summit drags on as leaders wrangle

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:22 AM

The crunch 4 way meeting is the climax of a frantic European diplomatic drive aimed at stopping the worst East West crisis since the end of the Cold War from escalating

GROUP PHOTO. (L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose for the media during a group photo opportunity at the Ukraine crisis meeting of the so-called Normandy group, in Minsk, Belarus, 11 February 2015. Tatyana Zenkovich/Pool/EPA

EU suspends new sanctions pending Ukraine summit

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:33 AM

EU foreign ministers postpone new sanctions against Russia for a week to boost the chances of success at a 4 way Ukraine peace summit Wednesday

Servicemen of volunteers battalion Azov in action during their military training near Mariupol of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 06 February 2015. Ivan Boberskyy/EPA

4-way emergency Ukraine summit planned February 11

Feb 09, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The leaders of Ukraine Germany and France are pushing for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a frantic bid to halt escalating bloodshed in eastern Ukraine

TIRED. Ukrainian servicemen rest on a tank in Artyomovsk of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 08 February 2015. Oleg Petrasyuk/EPA

West presses Putin to back 'last-chance' Ukraine peace bid

Feb 08, 2015 - 11:09 AM

While Western leaders are united in condemning Russia for supporting rebels they differ on whether to back Ukraine s beleaguered army with weapons

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A pro-Russian rebel picks up a Ukrainian flag on February 7, 2015 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Vuglegirsk in the Donetsk region. Andrey Borodulin/AFP

Hollande floats Ukraine peace plan as leaders flock to Kiev

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:16 PM

As the European leaders set out on the biggest peace push so far to end the near 10 month conflict at least 19 people were killed in fresh clashes

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Hospital shelled in east Ukraine as calls mount for truce

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:32 AM

The latest deaths come as international pressure grows for an immediate halt to surging violence which has seen hundreds of civilians killed in recent weeks

AGONY. A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district, on Febuary 4, 2015.

Ukraine separatists vow to mobilize 100,000 fighters

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The pledge to dramatically escalate a 9 month conflict comes as the rebels battled to encircle the beleaguered transport hub of Debaltseve

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard in front of the hospital, as they wait for the injured soldiers from Debaltseve, in eastern city of Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 02 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Fierce fighting rages for key Ukraine town

Feb 02, 2015 - 2:35 PM

Intense artillery fire thunders around the Kiev controlled town of Debaltseve where insurgent fighters are trying to encircle Ukrainian troops

WATCHING. Ukrainian soldiers ride armored vehicles to Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Donetsk region, on February 1, 2015. Oleksander Stashevsky/AFP

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

More than 9 months of bloodshed in Ukraine

Jan 25, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Here are key dates in the conflict since pro Moscow separatists launched an uprising that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE estimates has killed more than 5 000 people since April 2014

VANTAGE POINT. A Ukrainian soldier stands on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) close to a military camp, near the eastern Ukrainian town of Rassypnoe, 25 August 2014. Photo by Roman Pilipey/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

International monitors shot at in east Ukraine – OSCE

Nov 20, 2014 - 6:07 PM

The OSCE says a uniformed man on the back of a flat bed cargo truck fires two shots in the direction of their vehicles as they were driving

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

Dutch officials return to MH17 crash site as search resumes

Oct 14, 2014 - 8:31 AM

The Dutch are part of an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE team that has brokered a return to the place where the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in rebel held territory on July 17

Part of the wreckage at the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabovo, July 20, 2014. Igot Kovalenko/EPA

US welcomes Poroshenko for symbolic visit

Sep 19, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Poroshenko sat side by side with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and drew multiple standing ovations from lawmakers in a ceremonial joint meeting of both chambers of Congress

US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, September 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON

Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

Aug 23, 2014 - 8:04 PM

UPDATED In Kiev Merkel calls for a bilateral ceasefire and effective border controls to help stop four months of brutal fighting between pro Russian rebels and government troops

AID CONVOY. People stand by a humanitarian convoy at the Donetsk-Izvarino customs control checkpoint, some 30 km outside Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov Region. The first 10 trucks of a massive and disputed Russian humanitarian aid convoy crossed the Ukrainian border on August 22. Photo by Sergey Venyavsky/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

OSCE says 'several' remains, belongings found at MH17 site

Aug 02, 2014 - 3:06 PM

I think we all agree that today was the biggest day ever in terms of the process of disaster victim recovery an OSCE spokesman says

EU to impose new Russia sanctions as fighting blocks MH17 probe

Jul 28, 2014 - 9:17 PM

UPDATED The tougher sanctions are intended to be particularly painful for Russia which is already flirting with recession as tensions over the crisis have hurt growth and sent investors fleeing

BARRED ENTRY. Pro-Russian militants block the way to the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 28, 2014 in Donetsk. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 troops amid Ukraine deadly fighting

Jul 26, 2014 - 8:52 AM

This is a humanitarian mission with a clear and simple objective: to bring them home says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott All we want to do is to claim our dead and to bring them home

Forensics experts to reach MH17 crash site Monday – Dutch PM

Jul 21, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Prime Minister Mark Rutte says that the Dutch will be coordinating the task of identifying the 298 dead from Thursday s July 17 Malaysia Airways crash

DEBRIS. A Ukrainian worker inspects the main crash site of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which crashed over the eastern Ukraine region, near Grabove, some 100 km east of Donetsk, Ukraine, 20 July 2014. Igor Kovalenko/EPA

Rebels agree to security zone at MH17 crash site

Jul 19, 2014 - 5:47 PM

More investigators arrived overnight from the Netherlands and Malaysia amid calls for access to the scene as Kiev accused the rebels of trying to destroy crash evidence with Russian support

CRASH SITE. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian Airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Malaysia team in Kiev as anger mounts over MH17

Jul 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED Concerns have also emerged after international observers were blocked or given only partial access by armed rebels

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Ukraine vows to strike back after rebels kill 23 troops

Jul 12, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Not a single terrorist will avoid responsibility Every single one of them will get their just desserts says Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko