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57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role

Local residents look at the airborne combat vehicle, which was destroyed during a Ukrainian night combat operation, in the village of Horodychevo, near Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

A flag flutters in the wind over barricades at the regional administration building that has been seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Deal brings no immediate change to eastern Ukraine

A pro-Russian protester holds icons as he stands outside a city hall bearing flags representing the Donetsk Republic in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, April 17, 2014. AP

Pro-Russian militiamen who control government buildings in eastern Ukraine are showing no sign of relenting despite a deal between Moscow and Kiev.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

US President Barack Obama. AP FILE PHOTO

Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement.

Posted: April 18th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media after an NATO Ambassadors Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. AP

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Putin denies interfering in Ukraine as pro-Russia insurgents gain ground

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, on Monday, April 14, 2014. Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country.  AP/RIA-NOVOSTI, ALEXEI NIKOLSKY, PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

UN chief calls for dialogue, calm over Ukraine

Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called on all sides in the Ukraine crisis to “exercise maximum restraint” and engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation there.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US warns Russia of ‘additional consequences’ over Ukraine

John Kerry

US Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Ukraine later this month, officials said Saturday, as Washington warned Moscow of “additional consequences” if it fails to reduce tensions with Ukraine.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

No prosecution for pro-Russian protesters

A masked pro-Russian activist speaks to supporters as he stands atop a barricade during a rally at the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 10, 2014. AP

Ukraine’s acting president promised Thursday that pro-Russian activists occupying government buildings in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Luhansk will not be prosecuted if they lay down their arms.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pro-Russan militants call eastern Ukraine ‘independent’

Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it. AP

Pro-Russian activists barricaded inside a government building in eastern Ukraine proclaimed the region independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama signs law providing Ukraine loan guarantees

Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, center, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., head to the chamber to advance a bill providing $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine as President Barack Obama meets with U.S. allies in Europe to punish Moscow for its annexation of the Crimean peninsula, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, March 24, 2014. AP

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill providing $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Russia says all Ukrainian servicemen left Crimea

Members of the Crimean self defense forces guard the Crimea parliament building during Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's visit in Simferopol, Crimea on Monday, March 24, 2014. Shoigu's visit comes as Ukraine's fledgling government on Monday ordered Ukrainian troops to withdraw from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Russian troops consolidate control over the peninsula. AP

All the the Ukrainian servicemen stationed in Crimea were allowed to leave for mainland Ukraine but 8,000 military men stayed and applied for permission to join the Russian army, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments on Friday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Kerry denounces use of energy as weapon

This Feb. 28, 2014 file photo shows Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at the State Department in Washington. AP FILE PHOTO

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is denouncing the use of energy as a weapon, a day after Russia sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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