Ukraine three years on that year in 2017. That means East Ukraine, from Luhansk in the north to the southern edge of Donetsk at the Black Sea.

The stage of war is still not lifted but the media seems to lost its appetite to keep reporting about the mess Putin is producing.

And, while Russian nationalists keep finger pointing to Europe and the United States as having caused the mess, it's time to put things in a the real chronological order.

However, most issues are related to one single fact we don't see mentioned on both sides, namely that Putin lost the political battle over Ukraine for his custom union. A union he had already mastermind years before Victor Yanukovich engaged talks over a trade deal with the European Union.

It all began when Putin saw East European countries turning their back one by one against Russia's past. In that same period he was working on his own custom union. But then, he saw his dream threatening to go up in smoke. He called on his militarized mindset that brought him to start with the modernization of the entire Russian military that should be ready to use when his union really goes up in smoke.

Ukraine is the largest former Warsaw Pact member, Putin saw as the key member for his custom union. Yanukovich engagement with the EU over an trade deal became a eminent threat to Putin.

2017


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Oct 20, 2017 MH17 investigators make appeal after Ukraine missile photo An international team investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine appealed Thursday for information about a photograph which prosecutors believe features the Buk rocket that blew the passenger jet out of the sky, killing all 298 on board.
Oct 7, 2017 Why Russia wants to talk about Ukraine The proposal came (not) out of nowhere. After years of swatting down Ukrainian calls for international peacekeeping forces, Vladimir Putin changed course ahead of the UN General Assembly last month, putting forward his own plan for so-called blue helmets in eastern Ukraine. Officials in Kiev and the West dismissed the Russian offer as a cynical ploy. The details, diplomats say, betray Russia’s true intent: Mr Putin foresees peacekeeping forces stationed along the front line inside Ukraine, and not along the border with Russia—essentially formalizing the internal division of the country.
Sep 30, 2017 Ukraine Prosecutor Says Suspects Detonator Triggered Munitions Blast Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko said investigators are operating under a theory that saboteurs may have used a detonator to trigger a massive explosion and fire at a munitions depot in central Ukraine this week.

Investigators do not believe, however, that a drone was involved in setting off the explosions in Kalynivka in the Vinnytsya region, Lutsenko told the Inter television channel late on September 29.
Sep 27, 2017 Ukrainian authorities blame "subversion" for ammo dump fire Ukrainian investigators are calling an explosion at an ammunition dump "subversion", and have opened an inquiry into the blast. The first explosions were heard late on Tuesday night.

Around 10% of all the storage facilities are on fire at vast site which sprawls over more than half a square kilometre, and has a capacity of 188,000 tonnes of ammunition.

Two people are reported to have been injured. More than 30,000 people were evacuated from around the area.
Sep 27, 2017 Thousands evacuated in Ukraine as ammunition depot explodes Massive explosions and a blaze at a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine forced authorities to evacuate 24,000 people and close airspace over the region, officials said on Wednesday.

The blasts occurred late on Tuesday at a military base near Kalynivka in the Vynnytsya region, 270 kilometers (168 miles) west of Kiev, Ukrainian emergencies service said in a statement.
Sep 20, 2017 Putin Pushes Ukraine Peacekeeper Plan in Face of Opposition Russia said it will press ahead with President Vladimir Putin’s plan for United Nations peacekeepers in Ukraine, even after the effort stalled in the face of opposition from Washington and Kiev this week.
Sep 16, 2017 Russia backs 7-day unilateral ceasefire plan Russia has accepted a unilateral seven-day ceasefire in Ukraine on behalf of the separatist leaders that it has been backing for the past two years.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany's foreign minister, made the announcement on Wednesday in Kiev where he has been holding talks with the Ukrainian president.
Aug 24, 2017 Defense Secretary Mattis promises support to Ukraine, says reviewing lethal aid U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on a visit to Ukraine on Thursday said Washington would keep up pressure on Russia over what he called its aggressive behavior and signaled his personal support for providing weapons to Kiev.

Mattis said Russia had not abided by the Minsk ceasefire agreement meant to end the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and that the United States would maintain sanctions on Moscow.
Aug 24, 2017 Mattis vows US support for Ukraine against Russian 'aggression' US Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed continued US support for Ukraine in the face of Russian "aggression" as he met with the country's leaders in Kiev on Thursday.

Mattis attended a Ukranian Independence Day parade in the capital before sitting down with his Ukrainian counterpart, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, and President Petro Poroshenko.
Aug 4, 2017 Russian deputy minister blacklisted in new EU sanctions over Siemens turbines diverted to Crimea The European Union has imposed sanctions on three more Russians, including Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Cherezov, and three Russian companies over the delivery of Siemens' turbines to Moscow-annexed Crimea.

The EU first introduced sanctions on Russia after the 2014 military takeover of the Black Sea peninsula from Kiev, and stepped them up repeatedly as Moscow then backed separatist unrest in the east of Ukraine.
Aug 2, 2017 US considers option of arming Ukraine The Pentagon and State Department have sent plans to supply arms to Ukraine to the White House for approval, according to reports by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal -- a prospect that would deeply unsettle Moscow at a time of chilled relations between the US and Russia.
Jul 25, 2017 New Envoy Volker Says U.S. Considering Sending Arms To Ukraine The new U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says Washington is considering sending Kyiv weapons to help government forces defend themselves against Russia-backed separatists.

Providing lethal defensive weapons would allow Kyiv to "defend itself if Russia were to take further steps against Ukrainian territory," Volker told Current Time TV in an interview in Paris on July 25.
Jul 25, 2017 Interview With Another Captured and Abandoned Russian Soldier (Ageyev) and His Mother Ukraine’s 93th separate mechanized brigade intersected a reconnaissance group of combined Russian-separatist forces of the “Luhansk People’s Republic” (“LNR”) near the village of Zhelobok, a town controlled by the Ukrainian government. The 93d brigade offered the enemy group to surrender, but the commander and sniper opened fire and were shot. Four others – the sniper, sapper, and two machine gunners – were taken captive. The killed commander was a Russian officer, captain Aleksandr Scherbak (call sign “Alex”) from the city of Kirov, who served as an instructor to the reconnaissance group
Jul 24, 2017 U.S. Envoy Says 'Astonishing' Number Of Cease-Fire Violations In Ukraine 'Hot War' The new U.S. special envoy for Ukraine peace negotiations said he was stunned by the number of cease-fire violations in the ex-Soviet nation’s war-torn east after making his first visit to the region.
Jul 22, 2017 Germany to take part in new talks on Ukraine conflict

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France will hold telephone talks on Monday, officials said, amid a fresh flare up in fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed rebels.

Jul 10, 2017 NATO Chief Calls On Russia To Remove 'Thousands Of Troops' From Ukraine Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has affirmed the alliance's "unwavering support" for Ukraine's territorial integrity and has called on Russia to remove its "thousands of soldiers from Ukraine and stop supporting the militants with command-and-control and military equipment."

Stoltenberg made the comments in Kyiv after talks with President Petro Poroshenko and other officials on July 10.
Jul 7, 2017 Call for new Ukraine state serves Moscow’s goals

When Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, declared in recent days that a new state with its capital in rebel territory should replace Ukraine, the idea was quickly ridiculed.

June 27, 2017 Chaos as national bank, state power provider and airport hit by hackers Ukraine’s national bank, state power company and largest airport are among the targets of a huge cyber attack on government infrastructure.

Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister, said he and other members of the Ukrainian government were unable to access their computers.
June 27, 2017 Colonel In Ukrainian Military Intelligence Killed In Kyiv Car Bombing A colonel in Ukraine’s armed forces has been killed in a car bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a "terrorist attack."
May 4, 2017 The Moment An OSCE Vehicle Exploded In Ukraine This video shows the moment a vehicle carrying OSCE monitors hit a roadside bomb in an area of Luhansk province, eastern Ukraine, controlled by Russia-backed separatists. An American paramedic, Joseph Stone, was killed in the April 23 blast -- the first member of the OSCE mission to die in the three
 
May 2, 2017 Merkel, Putin: No alternative to Minsk deal on Ukraine German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have confirmed their commitment to the Minsk agreement for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Apr 25, 2017 American killed in Ukraine identified The American paramedic killed during a monitoring mission in Ukraine has been identified.

He is Joseph Stone, 36, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission.
It is the first time a member of an SMM patrol has been killed while on duty.
Apr 11, 2017 Ukraine: Washington won't allow "package deal" with Russia over Syria, Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko got assurances from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Washington will not allow any deal that links the fates of Ukraine and Syria, Poroshenko's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

 

Apr 8, 2017 Eastern Ukraine: Enduring the suffering of war A look at the lives of civilians suffering on either side of the conflict and what the future holds for them.
Apr 7, 2017 UN: Thousands of Children Traumatized by War in Ukraine

Hundreds of thousands of children are paying a heavy price in the three-year conflict between the government of Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk in the eastern part of the country.

Apr 1, 2017 Russia Accuses NATO Of 'Slander' As U.S. Denounces 'Russian Aggression'

Russia has accused the United States and its allies of "slander" as the U.S. top diplomat and Pentagon chief denounced Russia’s actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.

Mar 28, 2017 Russian authorities 'imprisoning Crimean Tatars in psychiatric hospitals'

Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological abuse.

Mar 27, 2017 Ukrainian Separatists Have Russia's Latest Weapons

Russia denies supplying separatists in eastern Ukraine with weapons and military gear, but pictures from the region have regularly shown modern versions of Russian weaponry.

Mar 24, 2017 Dozens of Russian tanks deployed close to Ukrainian border A Reuters witness saw dozens of modern tanks arriving at a railroad station in Pokrovskoye in the country's southern Rostov region. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
Mar 24, 2017 Putin bulks up Russian forces in Ukraine by sending huge column of tanks to Ukrainian border Dozens of Putin's modern tanks were seen arriving at a railroad station in Pokrovskoye in the Russia's southern Rostov region
Mar 24, 2017 Woman's Body Found In Debris At Blazing Ukrainian Munitions Depot Ukrainian officials say a woman's body has been found under debris at the site of a massive munitions-depot fire near the eastern city of Kharkiv.
Mar 23, 2017 Mass evacuation after weapons depot blast

Some 20,000 people were being evacuated on Thursday after explosions at a massive arms depot in eastern Ukraine, in what is being treated as an act of sabotage. The fire and blasts engulfed the base in Balakleya, creating apocalyptic scenes. There are no reports of injuries.

Mar 23, 2017 Unknown saboteurs blow up military base in eastern Ukraine : Military

(warning Iranian source) - A warehouse storing tank ammunition at a military base in eastern Ukraine has been blown up by unknown saboteurs. According to the Ukrainian military, nobody was hurt in the incident which occurred early on Thursday.

Mar 23, 2017 Ukraine struggles to contain arms depot fire, blames 'sabotage'

Ukraine says that a fire raging at a munitions depot in the country's east, which the military blamed on an "act of sabotage", could continue for up to a week.

Mar 22, 2017 2,500 soldiers, 600 pieces of equipment: Russian Airborne Forces kick off drills in Crimea

(warning Russian source) - A large scale airborne military drill kicked off at Crimea's Opuk Training Ground on Tuesday, with more than 2,500 soldiers of the Russian Airborne Forces and 600 pieces of equipment participating in the exercise. Some 350 paratroopers from the Novorossiysk air assault division landed on the Crimean coast as part of the Airborne Force’s large-scale drills on the peninsula's Opuk Training Ground on Tuesday. The paratroopers as well as nine BMD-2KU airborne infantry fighting vehicles parachuted from nine Ilyushin Il-76 aricraft.

Mar 21, 2017 Ukraine to respond to Russia's Crimea drills 

(warning Russian source) - The Ukrainian General Staff has reacted to Russian drills in Crimea. Acts of Russia were named as illegal, they also threatened Russia with counter measures. As Vladislav Seleznyov, the Ukrainian General Staff spokesman, said, Kiev would keep a close eye on the maneuvers.

Mar 20, 2017 Large-scale drills: Crimea readies for defense

(warning Russian source) - More than 2,500 people along with 600 units of military equipment are taking part in large-scale exercises in the Crimea, which are carried out by the Russian Airborne forces, the Black Sea Fleet and the Aerospace Force

Mar 17, 2017 Four NATO ships arrive in Odessa port  (warning Russian source) - Four ships from the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 2 (SNMCMG2) arrived in Ukraine's port of Odessa
Mar 6, 2017 ICJ - Ukraine v. Russian Federation

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), principal judicial organ of the UN, holds hearings in the Case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation from 6 to 9 March 2017 (on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Ukraine).

Mar 6, 2017 Kiev takes Russia to UN Court over separatist conflict

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Mar 6, 2017 Ukraine attacks militia at Sea of Azov

The Ukrainian Naval Forces have attacked positions of the militia on the coast of the Sea of Azov. It was reported by the Donetsk News Agency. According to Deputy Commander of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Operative Command Eduard Basurin, the Ukrainian motorboats shelled positions of the Republic’s militia.

Mar 3, 2017 Arseniy Yatsenyuk: Russia should 'get out' of Ukraine

The former prime minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said there can be no compromise with Russia over the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Mar 2, 2017 Jailed Brazilian Fighter Describes Ukraine's 'Barbaric' Conflict

A Brazilian who fought with Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine is trying to overturn his conviction. Rafael Lusvarghi was sentenced to 13 years in prison and is believed to be the first non-Russian convicted for crimes related to the war in Ukraine. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, he explained why he joined the separatists and how he became disillusioned by what he called a "barbaric" conflict.

Feb 20, 2017 Ukraine accuses pro-Russia rebels of breaking truce The Ukrainian army has accused pro-Russia rebels of breaking a new ceasefire deal hours after it came into affect, saying the separatists killed one soldier and wounded another.

The military on Monday blamed the rebels for persistent shelling often with heavy weaponry in the country's east.
Feb 19, 2017 Eastern Ukraine ceasefire starts Monday, Russia says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Saturday that a ceasefire will go into effect for eastern Ukraine on Monday.

His comments followed a meeting with the foreign ministers for Ukraine, Germany and France in Munich, according to Russian state television.
Feb 19, 2017 Russia to Accept Passports From Rebel Parts of Ukraine

The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Ukrainian president, Petro O. Poroshenko, responded at the Munich security conference to Vladimir V. Putin's decree recognizing passports issued by two separatist governments in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 18, 2017 Eastern Ukraine ceasefire starts Monday, Russia says

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Saturday that a ceasefire will go into effect for eastern Ukraine on Monday. His comments followed a meeting with the foreign ministers for Ukraine, Germany and France in Munich, according to Russian state television.

Feb 18, 2017 Ukraine truce renewed at Munich Security Conference

A new ceasefire has been agreed between the Ukraine government and Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The deal was announced after a meeting with Ukraine, Germany and France at a security conference in Munich. The truce, aimed at ending weeks of renewed fighting, is set to begin on Monday.

Feb 18, 2017 Pence: U.S. Will Hold Russia Accountable For Interference In Ukraine U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has told European leaders that the United States "is now and will always be your greatest ally," seeking to assuage concerns about Washington's commitment to transatlantic ties under President Donald Trump.
Feb 18, 2017 Ukraine's Euromaidan Protests Happened Here

It's been three years since Ukraine's Euromaidan protesters took the streets of Kyiv to demand the resignation of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has returned to locations in the Ukrainian capital that saw some of the fiercest clashes. Between February 18 and 21, 2014, protests descended into deadly violence as government forces fought brutal street battles with antigovernment demonstrators.

Feb 18, 2017 Pro-Russian separatists promote nationhood

Russian-backed separatists and government forces are continuing to fight in eastern Ukraine. The rebels founded the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic three years ago, but it is not internationally recognized.

Feb 18, 2017 Ukraine truce renewed at Munich security conference A truce between Russia-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army will come into force on Monday in eastern Ukraine, according to Russia's foreign minister.

The deal was brokered on Saturday at the Munich security conference with the participation of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France.
Feb 17, 2017 Donetsk striving towards a better economy

Ukraine's economy is in bad shape after almost three years of fighting between the army and pro-Russia rebels in the east. But separatist leaders in the Ukraine city of Donetsk say life is beginning to improve because of financial aid from Russia.

Feb 16, 2017 US secretary of state says Russia must honor Ukraine deal

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Russia must abide by a 2015 deal aimed at ending fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists as the Trump administration searches for ways to work cooperatively with Moscow.

Feb 16, 2017 Tillerson says U.S. expects Russia to meet Ukraine commitments

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that the United States was ready to work with Russia if it found common areas for cooperation, but said Moscow had to adhere to commitments made over Ukraine.

Feb 16, 2017 Productive’ 1st meeting: Lavrov & Tillerson discuss Syria & Ukraine, but not sanctions

(warning Russian source) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his first meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was productive, stressing that Moscow is ready to work with Washington on all issues as soon as Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is fully formed.

 

Feb 16, 2017 Russia: 'We're not returning our territory' Crimea to Ukraine Russia's Foreign Ministry has indicated that it intends to keep Crimea and not return it to Ukraine because it considers it to be part of Russia.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Wednesday during a weekly news conference: "We're not returning our territory. Crimea is part of the Russian Federation."
Feb 13, 2017 Pro-Russian separatists 'fighting to defend culture'

Fighting has flared up once again in the breakaway regions of Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatist fighters say they are defending their cultural, historical and linguistic rights and say they will continue to do so with or without Russia's help.

Feb 13, 2017 Ukraine: Spartak civilians caught in crossfire

International monitors say the fighting in eastern Ukraine over the past week was the most violent in more than a year, threatening an already fragile ceasefire. Pro-Russian separatists are fighting the government in the eastern Donbass region.

Feb 9, 2017 Surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine battlefields  

Fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russia separatists has intensified in eastern Ukraine in the last two weeks. Both sides are blaming each other for the escalation. But this sudden surge may have more to do with the change of administration in the US.

Feb 8, 2017 Minsk ceasefire deal ‘ignored’ as fighting escalates

Fighting between Ukraine and pro-Russia forces continues in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. Recent shelling by both sides marks the worst escalation of violence in two years. Both sides are accused of using heavy weapons that violate the 2015 internationally brokered Minsk ceasefire agreement.

Feb 8, 2017 Separatist Commander 'Givi' Killed In Eastern Ukraine

Russia-backed separatists say one of their commanders in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine has been assassinated. Mikhail Tolstykh was better known by his nom de guerre, Givi. In Current Time TV's documentary about the brutal battle for Donetsk airport, he explained how he came to join the separatist forces. In 2016, Givi was charged in Ukraine with crimes including the creation of a terrorist organization, abduction, and abuse of prisoners of war.

Feb 6, 2017 Ukraine: Civilians mourn losses in Avdiivka fighting

A week-long surge of violence in and around the government-controlled town of Avdiivka in Eastern Ukraine appears to be winding down. But for some residents life will never be the same.

Feb 5, 2017 "UK should return annexed Gibraltar and Falklands (Malvinas)": Vitaly Churkin source wrote:

"Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin keeps entertaining the members of the UN Security Council. This time he suggested that Britain should “clean its conscience” by “giving back” the Falklands and Gibraltar before it can condemn Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. In other words he simply admitted that Crimea was annexed by Russia."

Feb 5, 2017 Trump says U.S. will work with Kiev and Moscow to end Ukraine conflict

U.S President Donald Trump said he was willing to work with both Kiev and Moscow to resolve a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, following a telephone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday

Feb 5, 2017 Is Russia testing Donald Trump in eastern Ukraine?

In the past week, Eastern Ukraine has suffered some of the heaviest fighting seen for a long time.  Heavy artillery fire, a car bomb explosion and other ceasefire violations coincided with a phone call between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. They discussed how to mend relations between the US and Russia.  US senators and analysts are wondering whether the surge in fighting is the Kremlin testing the water with the new US president. Ukrainian government leaders and pro-Russia separatist rebels are blaming each other for the ceasefire violations.  Trump phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and promised to restore peace. But between commitments to support the Ukrainian leadership in Kiev and improving relations with Putin, it remains to be seen what Trump will do. So, will be able to restore calm in Ukraine?

Feb 5, 2017 Avdiivka civilians caught in crossfire as clashes rage

Thousands of civilians are living in desperate conditions without heating and electricity in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka as clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels intensify. The warring sides have been locked in heavy battles for control of the government-held town for days, with each side accusing the other of launching attacks and firing heavy artillery in violation of a two-year truce agreement.

Feb 4, 2017 Civilians caught in crossfire as shelling intensifies

Ukraine has accused pro-Russian forces of resuming heavy artillery attacks on government troops in the town of Avdiivka. Residents says they have had no heating since the shelling intensified a few days ago.

Feb 3, 2017 Casualties Mount In Eastern Ukraine As Conflict Escalates

The government-controlled town of Avdiyivka, in eastern Ukraine, sustained more shelling by Russian-backed separatists overnight.

Feb 3, 2017 Ukraine, separatists must act to stave off 'humanitarian disaster' - aid, security groups

International security and aid organizations appealed to Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists on Friday to withdraw from front lines where fighting has dramatically escalated or risk a humanitarian disaster.

Feb 3, 2017 UN Ambassador Haley hits Russia hard on Ukraine

The US ambassador to the United Nations offered a strong condemnation of Russia in her first appearance at the UN Security Council on Thursday, calling on Moscow to de-escalate violence in eastern Ukraine and saying that US sanctions against Moscow would remain in place until it withdraws from Crimea.

Feb 3, 2017 U.S. Ambassador To UN Says No Lifting Of Russia Sanctions Until Crimea Returned

The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has expressed "strong condemnation of Russia's actions" in eastern Ukraine and warned that Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia will not be lifted until Crimea is returned to Kyiv.

Feb 3, 2017 Civilians killed as eastern Ukraine violence flares up At least nine people, including civilians, have been killed in eastern Ukraine as an upsurge in violence between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia rebels has raised fears of a humanitarian disaster.

The Ukrainian army said Friday's fatalities included a local woman and an emergency worker in the government-held town of Avdiivka, where mortar and rocket fire were exchanged between the warring sides.
Feb 3, 2017 Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine At least four Ukrainian soldiers and one civilian have been killed in the last 24 hours, a military spokesman said Friday, as shelling intensified along the front line in eastern Ukraine.
Feb 2, 2017 Ukraine seeks deeper EU ties

Urkaine’s prime minister has been drumming up support from the EU after renewed fighting in the country’s east. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman blamed Russia for the violence, a charge repeatedly denied by Moscow.

Feb 2, 2017 Putin Blames Kyiv For Escalation In Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the Ukrainian government of provoking this week's flare-up in fighting with Russia-backed separatists in the east of the country. At a news conference in Budapest on February 2, Putin said Kyiv was using the escalation of the conflict as a ploy to win support from new U.S. President Donald Trump.

Feb 2, 2017 Ukraine conflict: Shelling rages on after nightfall

Shelling has raged on after nightfall in eastern Ukraine, with both government troops and pro-Russian rebels reporting new casualties. Ukrainian officials say two civilians were killed when the separatists fired on the government-held frontline town of Avdiivka.

Feb 2, 2017 Ukraine appeals for help against Russia as fighting flares

Ukraine's president appeals for more global pressure against Russia as Moscow-backed rebels and government forces clash around a frontline town in a surge of fighting that has claimed a reported 23 lives.

Feb 2, 2017 Ukraine Fighting Rages For Fifth Day

Ukrainian forces battled Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, as a significant upsurge in fighting continued for a fifth day.

Feb 2, 2017 Refugees flee conflict zones as fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine

Refugees are on the move again in eastern Ukraine as fighting intensifies between pro-Russian forces and government troops. The United Nations Security Council is expected to address the uptick in violence.

Feb 2, 2017 Separatist commander killed in east Ukraine

A key commander of the Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine, Mikhail Tolstykh has been killed. The military chief, better known by his nom de guerre, Givi, was killed in what the rebels called an ‘act of terror’ organized by the Ukrainian intelligence services. Kyiv has denied it was responsible.

Feb 2, 2017

BBC reporter films Kiev tanks in residential area on E. Ukraine frontline

 

(warning Russian source) A video showing Kiev’s troops and tanks in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdeevka emerged online, posted by a BBC correspondent working in the area. Earlier, the OSCE warned tanks were headed there, slamming the move as a violation of withdrawal lines.

Feb 2, 2017 OSCE Calls On Both Sides To Pull Back In Eastern Ukraine

The group monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine has made an urgent appeal to both sides to stop shelling and honor the cease-fire agreed to in 2015, after this week's sharp escalation in the conflict.

 

Feb 1, 2017 Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian armed forces is escalating, officials have warned. A higher number of ceasefire violations were reported between Sunday and Monday evenings, compared with the previous 24 hours, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said Monday.

Feb 1, 2017 Civilians evacuated from eastern Ukraine town of Avdiivka

Children are evacuated from the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka, as an upsurge in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces leaves around 20,000 residents living in deteriorating conditions.

Feb 1, 2017 UN warns of dangerous deterioration The UN Security Council has warned of a "dangerous deterioration" in eastern Ukraine and called on warring sides to halt the violence.

The council said renewed fighting was having a "severe impact" on civilians.

Fighting in the frontline town of Avdiivka has left thousands of residents without water or power in freezing conditions.

Ukraine says it is preparing a possible evacuation of the town to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Jan 31, 2017 Fighting flares up in eastern town of Avdiivka Fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated, with at least 13 civilians and fighters on both sides killed in the worst outbreak of violence in several weeks.

The warring sides were locked in heavy battles for a third day on Tuesday at the government-held town of Avdiivka, accusing each other of launching attacks and firing heavy artillery in violation of a two-year truce agreement.
Jan 31, 2017 Tension High In Eastern Ukraine As Kremlin, Kyiv Trade Blame Tension is high in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists has flared over the past three days.

The sides traded blame on January 31 for a surge in hostilities around the government-controlled town of Avdiyivka that has led to the highest casualty toll since mid-December.
Jan 18, 2017 Ukrainian president calls for global response to Russian threat Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to “be great again” by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security.
Jan 13, 2017 Russia stops agreement with Ukraine on nuclear power plant construction The agreement between the government of Russia and Ukraine on building a third and fourth reactor of the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant has been terminated, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official statement on the official website of legal information.

 

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Dec 21, 2016 U.S.-supplied drones disappoint Ukraine at the front lines Millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied drones that Kiev had hoped would help in its war against Russian-backed separatists have proven ineffective against jamming and hacking, Ukrainian officials say.

The 72 Raven RQ-11B Analog mini-drones were so disappointing following their arrival this summer that Natan Chazin, an advisor to Ukraine’s military with deep knowledge of the country’s drone program, said if it were up to him, he would return them.
Nov 25, 2016 Ukraine: exiled ex-President Yanukovych's testimony cut short in Maidan murder trial Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has appeared in court via video link to give evidence in the trial of five ex-riot policemen accused of shooting dead protesters in 2014.

But the trial was adjourned almost as soon as it began after nationalists from the Right Sector party blocked the defendants' route from prison, preventing them from appearing in court.

Speaking from exile in Rostov, southern Russia, Yanukovych said:
"I am outraged by what's happened. There is only one question - …
Nov 23, 2016 EU passes anti-propaganda resolution, angers Russia's Putin Russia and Islamist terrorist groups are increasingly targeting the EU with propaganda - the warning in a resolution approved by MEPs, which aims to combat anti-Europe campaigns.

It says Moscow spreads propaganda through media and other means - seeking to incite fear and divide.

"What this report is trying to do (is) pointing (point) a finger to (in) at least one direction or let's say one-and-a-half directions, to Russia and to ISIS," said Eugen Freund, an Austrian centre-left MEP.
Nov 3, 2016 Ukraine hackers claim huge Kremlin email breach Two Ukrainians have given details of emails they helped to hack belonging to top Russian officials at the Kremlin.

Several emails they claim to have cracked are linked to Vladislav Surkov, one of the architects of Russia's current political system.

Oct 8, 2016 Russia-Ukraine tensions rising in Crimea Russia and Ukraine have been locked in conflict ever since the Kremlin annexed the Crimean peninsula two and a half years ago.

Fighting had subsided in eastern Ukraine since last year's peace talks in Minsk.

But recently events in Crimea brought the two countries back to the brink of war.
Aug 12, 2016 Crimea tensions in Russia, Ukraine media Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine are reflected in their media, with claims that both sides are trying to take advantage of alleged Ukrainian armed incursions in Crimea.
Aug 11, 2016 This Is Why Vladimir Putin Is Accusing Ukraine of Terrorism It would have been a suicide mission, and a rather pointless one. But that is roughly the picture that Russian President Vladimir Putin painted on Wednesday when he accused Ukrainian saboteurs of trying to infiltrate Crimea and commit what he called an act of terror. On Russian state TV, newsreels even showed the supposed weapons cache the Ukrainians allegedly tried to use, including bombs fashioned out of plastic soda bottles and other improvised explosives. But the story didn’t make a lot of sense.
Aug 11, 2016 Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.
Jul 14, 2016 UN accuses both sides of abuses Both sides of the conflict in Ukraine are guilty of indiscriminately shelling civilian areas and carrying out summary executions of both combatants and civilians, according to a new report released by the United Nations.
Jul 11, 2017 Ukraine to revive talks on joining NATO in light of Russian threats Ukraine will begin discussions with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on an action plan to get it into the U.S.-led alliance, its leader said on Monday, while the country would work on reforms to meet membership standards by 2020.
Jul 1, 2016 EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine The Council of the EU has "extended economic sanctions targeting specific sections of the Russian economy in connection with the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. They will now be in place until 31 January, 2017. *Has this come as a surprise?* No. It has been widely expected. EU leaders have called for more progress in bringing peace to eastern Ukraine. It is estimated more than 9,000 people have …
Jul 1, 2016 Putin warns Finland: Russia will respond if Helsinki joins NATO Vladimir Putin came to Finland with a handshake for his counterpart, President Salui Niinisto - and a warning that Moscow will respond if his host country joins NATO.

Finland and neighboring Sweden have increased cooperation with the Western military alliance since Russia's annexation of Crimea and its backing for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

This was Putin's first visit to Finland since those crises erupted in 2014.

He said Russia would respect Finland's decision if it decided to j…
Jun 24, 2016 Putin says Russia did not influence Britain's vote to leave EU Russia did not influence Britain's vote to leave the European Union, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, rejecting British Prime Minister David Cameron's remarks that he would welcome Brexit as groundless.

Putin, speaking to reporters on a visit to Uzbekistan for a security summit, also said the outcome of the referendum reflected Britain's unhappiness with migration and security worries as well as dissatisfaction with EU bureaucracy.
Jun 3, 2016 Ukraine forces, separatists fight first serious battles in months Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists on Wednesday fought their first serious battles in months and Ukraine’s defense minister said an attempt by rebels to take the eastern town of Maryinka had been thwarted.

The Ukrainian military said the Russian-backed rebels had tried to advance using tanks and up to 1,000 fighters west of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, in the most significant escalation of the conflict in about three months and in defiance of a ceasefire deal.
Apr 6, 2016 Polls open in the Netherlands in EU-Ukraine trade agreement vote Polls have opened in the Netherlands in a vote for or against the European Union's association agreement with Ukraine.

Designed to strengthen economic and political ties between the 28-nation bloc and Kyiv, the deal has already gained the approval of the other member states.

The vote is non-binding. But the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who backs the deal, is already on rocky ground. Ignoring public opinion would, then, be a dicey move with elections scheduled in less than 12 months…
Feb 29, 2016 Ukraine power 'hack attacks' US investigators have accused Russia-based hackers of being behind an attack that caused blackouts across Ukraine in December.

The team said it was not possible to say whether it was the "Russian government or a well-funded [non-government] team".

Feb 15, 2016 More Russians Live in Poverty As Economy Shrinks Russia’s economic crisis is pushing millions of people into poverty as the cost of living mounts and real wages shrink. In the Russian capital, charities and social workers are helping those most in need.

 

2015

 

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Dec 17, 2015 Putin admits Russian military presence in Ukraine for first time Vladimir Putin has for the first time admitted the presence of Russian military specialists in east Ukraine.

Russia has repeatedly denied a military presence in the conflict, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But the Russian president conceded there were military intelligence officers operating in the country in a marathon press conference on Thursday.
Oct 16, 2015 Kazakhstan: EESC leaders show their unity ahead of talks [real Russian propaganda] The Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (EESC) session kicked off in Burabay following an extended-format meeting of the CIS Heads of State Council, Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Armenian and Belarusian counterparts posed for the press ahead of EESC talks.
Oct 13, 2015 MH17 Crash - English Spoken Official video about the Dutch Safety Board’s investigation into the causes of the crash of flight MH17 on 17 July 2014 in the eastern part of Ukraine and the Board’s investigation into flying over conflict zones. The video was based on the Dutch Safety Board’s investigation reports, which were published on 13 October 2015.
Sep 25, 2015 Ukrainian separatists order UN agencies to leave Luhansk The United Nations humanitarian chief said he is alarmed that U.N. agencies have been ordered out of eastern Ukraine's separatist-controlled Luhansk region by the “de facto authorities” there.

Stephen O'Brien's statement on Thursday said the U.N. agencies have been told to end operations and leave by Friday, and several international non-governmental organizations have been told to leave the region by Saturday.

It is rare that U.N. agencies are ordered to cease operations in a country or region.
Aug 27, 2015 Ukraine agrees 'win-win' debt restructuring deal Ukraine has secured a 20% write down on $18bn (£11.6bn) of its foreign debts in a deal its finance minister described as win-win for the war-torn country. Kiev’s agreement with its largest creditors is an attempt to stabilize government finances after more than a year of fighting on its eastern border that has brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy.
Jul 31, 2015 Body collectors of eastern Ukraine Black Tulip is a Ukrainian organisation that has been working for more than a decade to find and identify bodies of missing soldiers from the First and Second World Wars. Its work is now focused on finding the hundreds of missing Ukrainian servicemen from the current conflict in the east of Ukraine.

With the consent of the authorities in rebel-held territory, the group is able to cross the frontline and travel to sites where it believes soldiers might have gone missing. So far Black Tulip has found and identified 613 bodies of dead soldiers. It says that between 300 and 1,500 are still missing. However Black Tulip says its valuable work, which helps the relatives of the fallen grieve, might have to stop because of a lack of funding.

Jul 24, 2015 U.S. to Train More Ukrainian Troops The United States will expand its current training programs for troops in Ukraine to include army and special operations military forces, the State Department said Friday.

The training will likely focus on lessons in tactics and combat medicine, Reuters reports. The expanded program will not include any lethal weapons or aide, a State Department spokesman told reporters.

Jun 30, 2015 As Russia's Economy Suffers, Young Family Tightens Belts For over a year, Russia has been feeling the economic impact of a falling ruble, collapsing world energy prices, and western sanctions. For Russian citizens, the downturn translates into a soaring cost of living that requires major adjustments at work and at home.
May 31, 2015 Moscow produces blacklist of EU citizens barred from Russia Moscow has released a blacklist of 89 EU officials and military personnel barred from Russia.

Though not confirmed, European officials were quick to circulate the names on social media which included former Belgian leader and MEP Guy Verhofstadt and Britain's former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
May 18, 2015 Russian Army in Ukraine: Captured soldiers give exclusive account Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, despite the Kremlin's staunch denials. Two servicemen were transfered to Kyiv on Monday, to face charges of terrorism after their capture on Saturday in the region of Luhansk.

Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev confessed to belonging to a Russian reconnassance unit near to the Volga River city of Togliatti. They were wounded and picked up by volunteers from the Aidar Battalion.
May 16, 2015 Interrogation of Russian GRU officer Aleksandr Aleksandrov. The Ukrainian Security Service has posted a video of interrogation of Aleksandr Aleksandrov, a Russian GRU officer captured after a battle near Shchastya (Ukraine) on 16 May 2015. Moscow has already refused from these soldiers stating that they have resigned from service just few months ago.

Comment: GRU is the Russian military intelligence service. It is standard never to reveal who is working for the GRU or for the special unit Spetznaz

May 16, 2015 Interrogation of Russian GRU officer Evgenii Yerofeyev. The Ukrainian Security Service has posted a video of interrogation of Evgenii Yerofeyev, a Russian GRU officer captured after a battle near Shchastya (Ukraine) on May 16, 2015. Moscow has already refused from these soldiers stating that they have resigned from service just few months ago.

Comment: GRU is the Russian military intelligence service. It is standard never to reveal who is working for the GRU or for the special unit Spetznaz

May 17, 2015 Public Sharply Divided Over Ukraine's Ban On Russian Social Networks Censorship and a blow to freedom of expression, or a long-overdue move in defense of national security?
May 16, 2015 Ukraine blocks Russia's answer to Facebook and Google Russia’s Facebook and Google equivalents have been banned in Ukraine – hitting millions of web surfers.

The crackdown is the latest sanctions against Russia in retaliation to its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Social media site Vkontakte, similar to Facebook, and Yandex, like Google, were among the sites to be banned by Kyiv today
May 15, 2015 France seeks to get off cheap in Mistral deal limbo [real Russian propaganda] France has proposed to terminate the Mistral ships contract, offering €100mn less than Moscow paid upfront, not to mention other costs, and only after Russia allows selling the helicopter carriers to a third party, sources told Kommersant newspaper.
May 6, 2015 €1.2bn down the drain: France may sink Mistral ships [Russian nationalistic view] The Mistral helicopters carriers which were supposed to be delivered to Russia are causing the French a headache. However, rather than handing them over, the French government may send them to the bottom of the sea, if the contract is canceled.
Apr 22, 2015 Russia's Lavrov calls EU charges against Gazprom 'unacceptable' EU-Russian relations take another hit with Brussels' charges against Gazprom.

The Russian gas giant "was accused on Wednesday of overcharging customers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. Gazprom called the charges "unfounded" and Russia's Foreign Minister said the EU was trying to retroactively apply new rules to long-standing contracts.

comment: the affected countries are retaliated as they all have chosen to turn their back on Russia's past.

Apr 8, 2015 Girl killed in Ukraine 'never existed' Natalia Antelava investigates the story of a 10-year-old girl reported killed in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine - and is reminded that truth is the first casualty of war.
Mar 20, 2015 Interrogation of 20-y.o. Russian conscripts captured in Ukraine. (English) amateur video; source wrote:

The Security Service of Ukraine posted another evidence for the presence of Russian conscript soldiers in Donbas. The posted video was recorded by members of “Donbas” battalion of the National Guard of Ukraine and showed interrogation of several Russian conscripts captured in Donbas.

Mar 13, 2015 Is Russia arming up for a new Cold War? A dire warning from a top U.S. Admiral says Russia poses an "increased risk" to the United States.
Feb 24, 2015 Britain to send military advisers to Ukraine, announces Cameron Britain was pulled closer towards a renewed cold war with Russia when David Cameron announced UK military trainers are to be deployed to help Ukraine forces stave off further Russian backed incursions into its sovereign territory.

The decision – announced on Tuesday but under consideration by the UK national security council since before Christmas – represents the first deployment of British troops to the country since the near civil war in eastern Ukraine began more than a year ago.
Feb 9, 2015 US 'may supply arms to Ukraine' President Barack Obama says the US is studying the option of supplying lethal defensive arms to Ukraine if diplomacy fails to end the crisis in the east.
Jan 22, 2015 Ukrainian POW execution and interrogation Location: Krasnyi Partyzan, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine
Jan 19, 2015 Battles rage in Donetsk and Luhansk Dozens of people have been killed or wounded as fighting escalates along the front line in eastern Ukraine and the battle for Donetsk airport continues.

 

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Dec 18, 2014 Shipless in France: 400 Russian sailors head home after fruitless Mistral wait [real Russian propaganda] The 400 Russian sailors who arrived at the port of Saint Nazaire to learn how to operate Russia’s first Mistrals, the Vladivostok and Sevastopol, departed for Russia on Thursday aboard the training frigate Smolny. The Mistral-class warship delivery was due to take place on October but it was blocked by the French government due to EU and U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine. It remains unclear whether France will deliver the ships to Moscow.
Dec 18, 2014 Putin says Russian economy will rebound Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to assuage fears of economic collapse and promised rapid recovery as he faced hundreds of journalists amid the worst financial crisis of his rule. Speaking at his annual press conference on Thursday, the Russian leader said that the economic downturn will last two years at the most and promised to support the poorest segment of the population.
Dec 1, 2014 Putin in Turkey: If Europe doesn't want our gas, we will redirect resources, build new pipeline [real Russian propaganda] Russia is forced to withdraw from the South Stream project due to the EU’s unwillingness to support the pipeline, and gas flows will be redirected to other customers, Vladimir Putin said after talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Nov 27, 2014 'US pressure main reason for Mistral delivery mess' - Marine Le Pen's advisor [real Russian propaganda]  Billions of euros in losses and hundreds of jobs cut - those are some of the concerns in France over what could happen in the country if the delivery of the first Mistral warship to Russia is blocked. It was already postponed again earlier this week. For more RT talks to Aymeric Chauprade - senior foreign advisor to the French right-wing National Front party.
Nov 24, 2014 France: Russian crew board disputed Mistral-class 'Vladivostok' in St Nazaire no description
Nov 21, 2014 France: Russia’s 'Sevastopol' Mistral remains docked in Saint-Nazaire no description
Nov 9, 2014 'Rebel reinforcements' raise fears The US and the European Union have expressed concern at reports of a build-up of separatist reinforcements in eastern Ukraine.
Shelling around the city of Donetsk on Sunday followed an intense overnight artillery bombardment, shaking an already fragile ceasefire.
Oct 31, 2014 Russia, Ukraine and EU sign gas supply deal Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have signed a deal to resume vital Russian gas supplies to Ukraine in return for payments funded by Kyiv's Western creditors.

Moscow cut the gas flow in June over unpaid debts and a disagreement over the price.

Pressure had been mounting to clinch a deal as temperatures started to drop below freezing.

Worth 4.6 billion dollars (3.6 billion euros), the package calls for Ukraine to pay 3.1 billion dollars (2.5 billion euros) in two installments by the end …
Oct 31, 2014 'Ukraine gas poker with Russia not over' [real Russian propaganda]  Moscow and Kiev have sealed a gas agreement after several hours of tense talks in Brussels. Previous rounds in recent weeks had failed. The deal on supplies and transit to Europe has allayed EU fears of staying in the cold this winter. Geopolitical analyst William Enghdal says the deal won't solve anything in the longterm.
Oct 29, 2014 France 'to deliver' Mistral warship, says Russia A senior Russian defence official has announced that France will go ahead with the delivery to Russia of one of two Mistral helicopter carriers.

But France has not confirmed Dmitry Rogozin's claim that the transfer will be made on November 14 2014.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian had earlier implied that a decision had yet to be made.

"If the political conditions do not change I can't imagine the delivery being authorised. The French president will make his decision at the moment o…
Oct 29, 2014 France 'to deliver' Mistral warship, says Russia A senior Russian defence official has announced that France will go ahead with the delivery to Russia of one of two Mistral helicopter carriers.

But France has not confirmed Dmitry Rogozin's claim that the transfer will be made on November 14 2014.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves le Drian had earlier implied that a decision had yet to be made.

"If the political conditions do not change I can't imagine the delivery being authorized. The French president will make his decision at the moment o…
Oct 29, 2014 EU eyes 'interim' deal in Ukraine, Russia gas talks EU, Russian and Ukrainian officials are meeting in Brussels with the view to striking a gas deal for Ukraine.

Moscow and Kiev have been locked in a bitter row over unpaid bills since June.

Brussels wants the taps to stay open and avoid disrupting supplies as winter approaches.

"Our common ambition is to come to an interim solution, to come to a winter package, to solve our security of supply challenges for next winter... from now up to end of march 2015," said Günther Oettinger, the EU Energy…
Oct 27, 2014 U.S. and EU hail pro-West election outcome in Ukraine, Russia guarded Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine’s parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and to steer the country further away from Russia’s orbit towards mainstream Europe.
Oct 23, 2014 Russian Soldiers in Ukraine Exposed: Western journalist meet Russian troops Western journalist have exposed active Russian soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine yet again. The latest findings add to mounting evidence against the Kremlin that it’s sending Russian troops and heavy weaponry into Ukraine, despite the staunch denials of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Oct 22, 2014 MH-17: The Untold Story. Exploring possible causes of the tragedy. [real Russian propaganda]  Three months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was violently brought down from the skies over Ukraine, there are still no definitive answers to what caused the tragedy. Civil conflict in the area prevented international experts from conducting a full and thorough investigation. The wreckage should have been collected and scrupulously re-assembled to identify all the damage, but this standard investigative procedure was never carried out. Until that’s done, evidence can only be gleaned from pictures of the debris, the flight recorders or black boxes and eye-witnesses’ testimonies. This may be enough to help build a picture of what really happened to the aircraft, whether a rocket fired from the ground or gunfire from a military jet.
Oct 20, 2014 Europe stimulates Ukraine not to pay for Russian gas [real Russian propaganda]  The State Duma of the Russian Federation plans to ban the re-export of the Russian natural gas to Ukraine. First deputy chairman of the Duma Committee for Industry, Vladimir Gutenev, who initiated the ban, said that reexport should not be made possible, if a foreign partner does not comply with contractual terms of payment for annual amount of gas. The official believes that the structure should be simple: pay and take it. The initiative will also support the Russian gas sector.

Vladimir Gutenev, first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Industry

"We are elaborating the bill that is designed to limit the ability of Gazprom executives to make mistakes in approaching problems, when, for example, the company continued to supply gas to Ukraine, even though the country had not been paying anything for months. It also seems very strange, when several other countries that do not fulfill contractual obligations celebrating their small victory without incurring penalties, raise the topic of re-exports and stimulate Ukraine not to pay its debt."
Sep 21, 2014 Western sanctions bite Russia's economy Russia's currency the rouble is trading at an all-time low versus the dollar as concerns grow over the impact of sanctions on the country's economy. The US and Europe introduced fresh sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine over a week ago.
Sep 19, 2014 Bitter harvest - impact of Russia's EU food ban on Poland In the aftermath of Russia's decision to ban EU food exports Poland, Europe's largest apple producer, has been gripped by a fruit-flavoured wave of patriotism.

Across the country people are urged to eat Polish fruit. Newspapers publish apple-based recipes, chefs are creating new apple-inspired dishes and restaurants and cafe owners are give out apples free to customers.

Moscow imposed its ==ban on European food== in August, following the EU's decision to sanction Russia's banking, oil and…
Sep 5, 2014 Farmers go hungry as Russian agricultural import ban begins to bite The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the EU and US is beginning to hurt farmers and the fishing industry.

Russia's ban on most agricultural imports is having knock on effects across Europe.

In Hungary cheap Polish apples are flooding the market after Moscow introduced the sanction.

Miklós Poór, a Hungarian apple producer, says the situation could force vulnerable famers to the wall: "Those who don't have anything put aside, now I mean money, or those who have taken on loans to expand …
Sep 5, 2014 EU fruit farmers feel bite of Russian embargo [European Parliament] Is aid and a 'buy European' fruit and veg drive enough for farmers hit by Russian tit-for-tat sanctions?
Sep 4, 2014 France cannot deliver Mistral warship to Russia over Ukraine [real Russian propaganda] France has suspended delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carrier ships to Russia, due to events in eastern Ukraine. Two ships were commissioned by Russia in 2011 at a cost of $1.6 billion. 'The Vladivostok', was due to come into service this year, 'the Sevastopol', due to be completed in 2015.
Sep 2, 2014 Ukraine in 'great war' with Russia A senior Russian security official has accused NATO of ratcheting up tensions over Ukraine, by boosting its military presence along Europe's eastern borders. Mikhail Popov said Russia would have to adapt its defence strategy accordingly. On the ground things are getting more intense. The Ukrainian military said 15 of its personnel had been killed the past 24 hours. Its forces retreated from Luhansk airport - they say Russian units were involved in the fighting. Moscow denies sending soldiers into Ukraine.
Sep 1, 2014 'There'll be no military intervention in Ukraine' - Lavrov [real Russian propaganda] Russia’s foreign minister believes that the peace plan offered by the Ukrainian president is “unrealistic” and calls of the US and the EU to persuade Kiev to stop using heavy artillery and airstrikes against the civilian population in the country’s east
Aug 30, 2014 Ukraine: Poroshenko claims foreign troops put peace at risk Ukraine's military says it has pulled out of areas east of rebel stronghold Luhansk under pressure from pro-Russian rebels who have, according to a military spokesman, received fresh supplies.

Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, has condemned what he alleges is Russian intervention in his country.

"We have a worsening the situation from August 27 and thousands of foreign troops and hundreds of foreign tanks are now on Ukraine's territory," said Poroshenko
Aug 30, 2014 Russia-Ukraine intrudes on EU top job summit The Russia-Ukraine situation is threatening to overshadow Saturday's summit in Brussels aimed at deciding who will be the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and who will be the next President of the European Council.

"What's happening in Ukraine is so serious that the European Council will be obliged to react by increasing the level of sanctions if things remain as they are. That is to say, with the proven presence of weapons coming from Russia," said French President Francois Hollande.
Aug 28, 2014 Ukrainian president: Russian troops have crossed border Ukraine's president has effectively accused Russia of invading his country, saying troops have been moved across the border to support separatists now fighting on two fronts in the east.
Aug 28, 2014 'You abandoned us!' Ukrainian soldiers & families despair over Kiev failures [real Russian propaganda]  Over 400 people picketed the President's administration in Kiev, saying the authorities abandoned soldiers in the city of Eelovaysk, E. Ukraine. Troops there have been encircled by anti-government forces for 5 days now. And as RT reports, despair is growing both among the soldiers and their families.
Aug 26, 2014 Escalation of EU-Russia sanctions sparks fears for business on both sides The escalation in tit-for-tat sanctions between the European Union and Russia is raising fears of a damaging trade war.

The EU is Russia's largest trading partner and makes up an estimated 75 percent of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country.

Russia is the European bloc's third largest trading partner. But the EU imports more from Russia than it exports to it.

This month Moscow slapped an embargo on food imports from the EU, as well as from the United States.
Aug 24, 2014 Ukraine condemns 'direct invasion' as Russian aid convoy crosses border A controversial Russian aid convoy has crossed the border into Ukraine, in a move described by Kiev as a "direct invasion". The first trucks in the convoy arrived in the war-torn city of Luhansk late on Friday afternoon.
Aug 22, 2014 Russia's food ban may cost EU 6.7bn yearly [real Russian propaganda] Russia's ban on western food products, in response to sanctions from the EU may deal a nearly 7 billion euro blow to the European Union every year. That's according to new survey by a Dutch banking corporation.
Aug 19, 2014 Baltic states hard hit by Russian sanctions Latvian farmers are suffering as a result of Russian counter-sanctions, after Moscow blacklisted a number of food products from its neighbours. Farmers also fear that the Baltic country could be flooded with cheaper Polish agricultural products, as it too looks for new buyers.
 Aug 15, 2014 EU's Russia sanctions doing more harm than good says Hungary's PM Orban As EU foreign ministers met in emergency session to discuss conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza, its economic sanctions against Russia are coming under fire from eastern European countries.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban was the latest to criticise the sanctions and call for a rethink saying: "The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves - a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing - causes more harm to us than to Russia. In politics, this is c…
Aug 15, 2014 Russians React to Ban on Western Food [Russian view] A sudden ban on the import of Western food on the orders of President Vladimir Putin is expected to hit Russian consumers hard. The measure will slash consumer choice in supermarkets, hike Russia's already high inflation rate and force interest rates up, analysts say.

Putin says the ban will ensure "the safety of Russia," the West sees the ban as a simple retaliatory measure for economic sanctions imposed on Russia over its involvement in Ukraine.

But what do ordinary Russians think of the ban on meat, fruit, nuts, vegetables and fish? The Moscow Times took to the streets of Moscow to find out.
Aug 13, 2014 Russia Retaliates - Putin Gets Heavy-Handed With Russia announcing a full embargo on food imports from the EU, US and some other western countries, how will German farmers be affected?
Aug 13, 2014 Greek farmers suffer in economic war between Russia and EU As the EU and Russia hit each other with tit-for-tat sanctions, it's the ordinary farmers who are suffering the effects.

At the Agricultural Cooperative of Naussa in northern Greece, tonnes of fresh peaches are ending up on the rubbish heap or sold for juice with a 90 percent markdown.

The fruit was destined for the Russian market, but lorries loaded with the fruit were forced to turn back. Now farmers are in despair.

Christos Giannakakis, President of the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives…
Aug 12, 2014 Ukraine may block Russian humanitarian aid convoy Ukrainian officials have set conditions for receiving Russian aid in the east, after a huge convoy of food and medicine set off from outside Moscow.
Aug 8, 2014 Poland: Tomato farms feel the rot as Russia's sanctions bite [real Russian propaganda] no description
Aug 7, 2014 Paying the price of Russia's food import ban A U-turn at the Russian border may be the only choice for truckers delivering produce from the European Union, after Moscow banned imports of most food from the West.

Frustration is already clear at the frontier with Finland with long queues building up as the embargo, imposed by Russia in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, takes immediate effect.

Highlighting the impact on the German market, the country's farming minister Christian Schmidt argues it won't be hit as hard as the public might think.
Aug 7, 2014 Russia bans or limits EU and Western food imports Russia is imposing its own bans against the European Union in retaliation for sanctions over Moscow's support for Ukraine's rebels.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products will be limited or blocked from several countries including the United States, Canada and Australia.

"There is nothing good in sanctions and it wasn't an easy decision to take, but we had to do it," Medvedev said.
Aug 7, 2014 Russia bans import of Western foods in retaliation for sanctions [real Russian propaganda] Responding to the numerous rounds of sanctions imposed by the US and Europe over the crisis in Ukraine, Russia announced plans Thursday to ban imports of a variety of Western produced foods. Meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and fish will have restrictions placed on them for one year unless the countries imposing sanctions begin “acting reasonably towards Russia,” according to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Aug 6, 2014 Putin orders EU fruit and veg ban Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned imports from countries imposing sanctions on Russia.

The measures will affect agricultural products and will last one year.

Putin ordered his government to come up with a specific list of goods to be banned, the Kremlin said.

Top of the list is poultry from the United States of America.

Russia already banned Polish fruit and vegetable imports into the country from August 1.

Aug 2, 2014 Poland wants compensation from the EU for Russian import ban Russia has banned Polish fruit and vegetable imports into the country as of August 1.

The move came following the European Union's decision to impose sanctions on Russia's banking, oil and defence sectors because of Moscow's actions in Ukraine.

But in Poland, a campaign has been launched to promote the country's fruit and vegetables.

"We decided to go out onto the streets with these apples to show Vladimir Putin what we think of his politics and to support our farmers.
Jul 30, 2014 Russia sanctions threaten to rebound on EU The European Union has passed tough sanctions on Russia targeting the country's banks, energy and defence sectors.

Russia said the measures will inevitably lead to suffering in Europe.

First on the new list: Russian banks where the state owns more than 51 percent of the capital. They will no longer be able to re-finance themselves from the European financial markets.

Also targeted is the defence sector. The EU has embargoed the export of military goods to Russia, including dual use goods
Jul 29, 2014 Moldovan Farmer Upbeat Despite Russia's Fruit Ban Many farmers in Moldova have been hit hard by Russia's ban on fruit imports from their country. The restrictions came after Chisinau signed and ratified a deal on closer ties with the European Union, although officially Russia cited "systematic violations of sanitary requirements" as the reason for the ban. But Alexei Ivanov, the owner of a peach farm some 60 kilometers north of Chisinau, says the ban will force Moldovan farmers to improve the quality of their produce in order to access new, more lucrative European markets.
Jul 24, 2014 Yatsenyuk: 'Russia's ultimate goal is to eliminate Ukraine and delete it from the world' Just before his resignation, Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk described as critical his country's fight to preserve its territorial integrity. Following the loss of two more Ukrainian fighter jets to enemy fire, our Kyiv bureau chief Sergio Cantone asked him about what Arsenyuk calls 'Russian-led guerrillas'.
Jul 24, 2014 EU mulls tougher Russia sanctions The EU could target state-owned Russian banks in a bid to toughen up the bloc's sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis.
Jul 23, 2014 Russian TV host blames Ukraine for MH17 CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses the Russian response to the MH17 crash with Russia Today host Peter Lavelle.
Jul 22, 2014 Witnesses to MH17 crash describe chaotic scene Ukrainian residents who saw bodies falling from the sky describe the horrors of that day
 Jun 28, 2014 Georgia signs pact with EU no description
Jun 28, 2014 Georgia PM discusses closer EU ties Thousands attended a celebration in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday in honour of the country's signing, along with Ukraine and Moldova, of an Association Agreement with the European Union. Waving Georgian and EU flags, people greeted the Georgian official delegation which returned from Brussels earlier in the day. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and President Giorgi Margvelashvili addressed the crowd, congratulating their countrymen and calling it "a historic day". Gharibashvili talks to Al Jazeera about the significance of the deal with the EU.
Jun 27, 2014 Russian military stage drills close to Ukraine border hours before ceasefire expires The Russian army staged military drills in the Volgograd region not to far from the Ukrainian border on Thursday (June 26), a day before the ceasefire announced by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko was due to expire. Military united from Belarus and Armenia, joined the drills, held some 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the border with Ukraine's rebellious Luhansk region.

The drills focused on reconnaissance missions and military support for troops and military hardware advancing through different types of unfamiliar landscape.

Ukraine, which had been a part of similar drills in the past, was not invited this year, Russian army representatives said.

The unilateral ceasefire announced by Poroshenko is due to expire at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday (June 27).
Jun 27, 2014 EU signs trade deals with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova The European Union has signed far-reaching trade agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

The ceremony formalises relations between the West and the former Soviet Republics, despite Russian anger.

The refusal of Ukraine's former leader, Viktor Yanukovitch, to put pen to paper on the deal led to protests and his eventual downfall.

That was not lost on current President Petro Poroshenko who said: "I will sign up to the association agreement with the pen which marked 'EU-Ukraine Association...
Jun 27, 2014 Georgia signs landmark trade deal with EU Georgia has signed a so called Association Agreement with the European Union in Brussels. An integral part of it is a new free trade accord. Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Tbilisi.
Jun 27, 2014 'Historic events are unavoidable': Poroshenko signs EU deal with symbolic pen Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union on Friday, saying it may be the "most important day" for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union. The deal had triggered the revolution in Ukraine in late 2013.
Jun 27, 2014 Ukraine signs trade deal with EU European Union has signed cooperation agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Russia has already warned there will be "grave condequences". The agreements will free up trade with the EU, offering greater access to the huge European market. It also means closer cooperation in energy and foreign policy.
May 29, 2014 Ukraine army helicopter shot down near Sloviansk, 12 dead Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have shot down a military helicopter near Sloviansk, killing 12 people, the Ukrainian military says.

It says the rebels used a Russian-made anti-aircraft system, and that an army general was among the dead.

May 28, 2014 EU-Russia energy and trade ties block sanctions Brussels says there will be no further sanctions against Moscow - no blocks on imports of Russian goods or EU exports - over the annexation of Crimea and events in eastern Ukraine.
May 28, 2014 EU-Russia energy and trade ties block sanctions Brussels says there will be no further sanctions against Moscow - no blocks on imports of Russian goods or EU exports - over the annexation of Crimea and events in eastern Ukraine.

They cannot afford to because of strong economic and business links and Europe's dependence on Russian gas and oil despite anger over the Kremlin's role in Ukraine's crisis.
May 12, 2014 Donetsk region asks to join Russia The "People's Republic of Donetsk" declared itself an independent country on Monday and, within two hours of doing so, had asked to join Russia. The separatist leader Denis Pushilin told journalists that the self-proclaimed republic would ask Moscow to consider absorbing the region, which borders Russia.
May 2, 2014 Brutal clashes in Donetsk: Riot police stoned and punched by pro-Russian separatists Riot police fired stun grenades as the protesters moved on the building, throwing rocks, but some demonstrators wrested shields away from officers who then took shelter inside the building.

The video shows the confrontation of rock throwing pro-Russian separatists with the riot police trying to defend the building. The police men are punched and stoned and forced to flee in the end.
Apr 27, 2014 Ukraine: Pro-Russian rebels parade latest captives for the press Pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine have been showing their latest captives to reporters.

Separatists holding the trio in Slovyansk say the men are officers from the state security service in Kyiv, sent on a spying mission to the east.

Russian TV images showed the men blindfolded, gagged, handcuffed and tied to chairs.
Apr 15, 2014 'US miscalculated will of Ukrainian people' [real Russian propaganda] US confirms CIA chief paid a covert visit to Kiev. This sparked speculation US is helping coordinate activists in eastern Ukraine
Mar 20, 2014 EU will never recognise Russia's claim to Crimea - Lithuania's foreign minister EU leaders will meet to decide their next move after Russia annexed Crimea earlier this week, which one top European diplomat on Wednesday called "the most flagrant breach of international law since the Second World War."
May 13, 2014 Armenia can combine relationship with EU and participation in Customs Union Armenia can combine the development of close relations with European Union and participation in the Russia-led Customs Union, French President Francois Hollande told the reporters on Monday
Mar 17, 2014 'Crimeans weren't under pressure to vote joining Russia' Evgenia Guseva, Crimean born actress claims that it was untrue that Crimeans were forced to vote for joining Russia. She blames the government which was behind the Orange Revolution about creating a mass hysteria.
Mar 15, 2014 Russia vetoes UN Security Council resolution on Crimea Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution condemning the referendum on Ukraine's Crimean region as illegal.
Mar 15, 2014 Crimeans vote over 90 percent to quit Ukraine for Russia Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia on Sunday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders “the ground will burn under their feet”.

With over half the votes counted, 95.5 percent had chosen the option of annexation by Moscow, the head of the referendum commission, Mikhail Malyshev, said two hours after polls closed. Turnout was 83 percent, he added - a high figure given that many who opposed the move had said they would boycott the vote.

Western powers and leaders in Kiev denounced it as a sham.
Mar 6, 2014 EU suspends talks on visa-free travel with Russia and threatens further sanctions The EU has suspended talks on investment and visa-free travel with Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

After six hours of talks in Brussels on Thursday, European leaders warned they would consider further sanctions if Moscow refused to negotiate over a withdrawal from Crimea.

French President Francois Hollande spelt out what would happen: "if Russia takes measures that destabilize Ukraine - to put it more simply - that jeopardize the Ukrainian sovereignty, then we will take further actions.
Mar 2, 2014 Uneasy standoff between Ukrainian and Russia troops in Crimea Hundreds of armed men surrounded a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on Sunday and a dozen Ukrainian soldiers placed a tank at the base's gate, leaving the two sides in a tense standoff.

Unidentified troops pulled up to the Ukrainian military base at Perevalne on the Crimean Peninsula in a convoy that included at least 13 trucks and four armoured vehicles with mounted machine guns.

The trucks carried 30 soldiers each and had Russian license plates.
Colonel Valery Boyko, Deputy Commander of the 36th Coastguard Brigade told reporters at the scene that the Ukrainian forces intended to protect the "military hardware, weaponry and ammunition inside."
Mar 1, 2014 Russian upper house approves use of troops on Ukrainian soil Russia's upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a proposal by President Vladimir Putin to deploy Russian armed forces in Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Federation Council voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to use "the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalisation of the
socio-political situation in that country."

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Saturday that the upper house of parliament's vote to allow President V...
Feb 28, 2014 Ukraine: 'Invasion' at airport is by Russian soldiers Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says the gunmen surrounding an airport in the Crimea region are Russian forces
Feb 28, 2014 'No Russian troops' in Crimea airports says EU's Russian ambassador The Russian ambassador to the EU has been responding to accusations that his government is behind the seizure of two airports in Crimea.

Ukraine's new government has called it an "invasion" and "occupation" by Russian forces. Moscow denies any involvement.

Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov said: "There are no troops whatsoever, no Russian troops at least. The international airport of Simforopol is functioning normally. The military airport of Belbek is probably also functioning normally."
Feb 28, 2014 Ukraine accuses Russia of invading Crimea An emergency session of the United Nations Security Council has ended with members calling for an urgent international mediation mission, after Ukraine said the Russian troop movements are an act of open aggression. If tensions are not eased, Ukraine's ambassador to the UN, Yuriy Sergeyev, said his country is strong enough to defend itself, while Russia's ambassador to the UN said military movements in Crimea are not unusual and are part of an existing arrangement with Ukraine.
Feb 28, 2014 Ukraine: Russia behind airport takeovers There are growing signs that the semi-autonomous region of Crimea in Ukraine is rebelling against the new leadership in Kiev. Ukraine's interior minister says Russian military forces have occupied two airports in the Crimea. Moscow has denied the soldiers are Russian.
Feb 28, 2014 "Troop movements" within Crimea Russian aircraft carrying nearly 2,000 suspected troops have landed at a military airbase near the regional capital of the restive Crimean peninsula, a top Ukrainian official has said, accusing Moscow of an "armed invasion".
Feb 25, 2014 Go Inside Ukraine's 'Museum of Corruption' The palatial compound of Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of Ukraine, was opened to the public over the weekend, offering a glimpse of his lavish lifestyle.
Feb 24, 2014 Ousted Ukraine president on the run Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych is on the run after authorities in Ukraine have issued a warrant for his arrest.
Feb 23, 2014 Gold taps and a private zoo: President Yanukovych's luxury compound Ukrainians get their first glimpse inside the luxury compound of the former Ukrainian leader's presidential compound, that had been hidden from the country for years.
Feb 23, 2014 CCTV: Footage purports to show Yanukovich escaping palace in helicopter Grainy CCTV footage reportedly shows Ukrainian President Yanukovich leaving his suburban residence in a helicopter, just hours before he was ousted. The footage, aired on the country's Channel 5, is said to have been filmed on Friday, and shows people loading luggage onto a helicopter before a man, a woman and a dog get out of a car. Yanukovich, 63, fled into hiding after three months of protests in the capital Kiev led to his dismissal on Saturday. While his whereabouts were still unknown on Sunday, his powers were temporarily to newly-designated parliament speaker Oleksander Turchinov.
Feb 22, 2014 Ukrainians take a look around Yanukovich compound Ukrainians have had a first look around the grounds of President Viktor Yanukovich's residence outside the capital Kyiv since it was taken over by protesters.

Visitors who streamed into the compound have been in disbelief at the scale of the opulence. The property on 140 hectares in Mezhyhirya, an hours drive from the capital, has a golf course, helicopter pad and a garage full of classic cars worth millions.

"I can't believe it that we are all here and people actually got in here!
Feb 22, 2014 Ukraine: back from the brink of civil war? A deal has been struck between the opposition and the government in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. But will it stop protesters from taking to the streets?
Feb 22, 2014 Ukraine government on the verge of collapse Ukrainian lawmakers have been meeting in Kiev to try and fill a major power vacuum. The parliament has made several important political appointments - including a new parliamentary speaker, interior minister in charge of the nation's police and a Prosecutor General.
Feb 22, 2014 Ukraine president:' this is a fascist coup' The Ukraine president himself has denounced today's events as a "fascist coup" - but he had to do that from the safety of the pro-Russian east of the country .
Feb 22, 2014 Ukraine President Yanukovich impeached Ukranian President Victor Yanukovich has abandoned the capital, Kiev is under civilian control and the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed from jail. And while his regime appears to be crumbling, Yanukovich is adamant he won't step down. Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports from Kiev.
Feb 21, 2014 Ukraine crisis: protesters determined to remain until President Yanukovych resigns A day after dozens of people were killed in one of the most violent days in Ukraine's independent history, The Telegraph returns to Kiev's Independence Square to find relatives searching for missing loved ones and protesters determined to stay put
Feb 20, 2014 Killings of Maidan Protesters by Berkut Soldiers video of Berkut soldiers killing protesters in Kyiv in February 2014 leaked to the internet. The video is currently used in the case against the captured Berkut murderers.

25 members of the so-called “black unit” of the Berkut riot police are incriminated with the majority of crimes committed on Euromaidan in February 2014. There are currently near 130 identified deaths; most of them were civilian protesters.

It was a special unit with anti-terrorist training, which implemented the orders of the head of Kyiv’s Berkut.
The majority of them ran away to Russia and some to Crimea. Only 5 of them were captured.
Feb 20, 2014 Sniper fire brings disturbing new dimension to Ukraine violence Witnesses said snipers fired on anti-government demonstrators as they tried to retake Independence Square on Thursday morning. Dozens wounded in the fighting - as well as the bodies of those killed - were dragged away.
Feb 20, 2014 Video shows evidence of snipers firing at protesters in Kiev This video shows security forces and snipers firing.

There were renewed clashes between security forces and protesters in Kiev's Independence Square on February 20 despite a putative ceasefire. Sniper fire was widely reported.
Jan 21, 2014 Violence as Ukraine anti-protest law enacted Riot police in Ukraine's capital Kiev remain locked in a tense standoff with protesters. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that the situation in the country is spinning out of control.
Jan 19, 2014 Ukraine riot police clash with protesters After a mass protest involving tens of thousands, a group of demonstrators peeled off from the main rally in Kiev's Independence Square. They clashed with police as they tried to pass a police barricade to march on the parliament building.
Jan 18, 2014 Ukraine opposition defies protest law Anti-government protesters in Ukraine appear undeterred by a new law that restricts the right to hold demonstrations. They're planning a big rally for Sunday in Kiev.
 
Jan 17, 2014 Ukraine's leader approves anti-protest laws Protesters in Ukraine are back out on the streets despite a new law aimed at curbing mass demonstrations. The bill, which was signed into law by the President a short time ago, has been criticised by foreign powers as deeply concerning and un-democratic.
Jan 1, 2014 Ukraine's far-right Svoboda party hold torch-lit Kiev march Thousands of supporters of a far-right party in Ukraine have held a torch-lit procession through the capital, Kiev.

The marchers from the Svoboda or Freedom Party were marking the birthday of a World War Two-era partisan leader.

 

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Dec 30, 2013 Thousands of Ukrainians protest on Kiev streets Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have again gathered in Kiev in another show of force by the month-old anti-government protest movement. Many demonstrators also marched on the official residence of President Viktor Yanukovych outside the capital - demanding he resign.
Dec 20, 2013 Viktor Yanukovych sells Russia deal and warns foreigners off Ukraine Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has spoken in public for the first time since striking a number of economic deals with Moscow.

He defended the deals, and offered nothing to the hundreds of thousands of pro-EU protesters that have been trying to hound him out of office this last month.

"It's very important other countries don't interfere in our internal questions, and that they don't consider themselves the masters here, anywhere, on this square or anywhere else," he said during a 90-minute television address.
Dec 17, 2013 Russia offers Ukraine major economic assistance Russia has given Ukraine a discount of almost a third on Russian gas and said it would buy billions of dollars' worth of Ukrainian government bonds.

The moves come amid Russian attempts to stop Ukraine moving towards the EU.

Dec 17, 2013 Russian bailout wins Ukraine economic respite but deepens political rift Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich has secured a $15 billion bailout from Russia, offering respite for an economy heading ever closer to default but also drawing accusations he has sold his country out to its former Soviet master.
Dec 15, 2013 EU suspends work on Ukraine trade agreement The European Union has said it will suspend efforts to work with Ukraine on a trade and cooperation agreement, as 200,000 government opposition protesters gather for a rally, marking the start of a fourth consecutive week of unrest. The EU said on Sunday that Kiev's government has "no grounds in reality". Stefan Fuele, EU enlargement chief, said on Twitter that he told Ukraine's first deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov that the EU would further discuss a trade agreement if Ukraine's government showed a commitment to sign it. But Fuele said he has not heard back, so negotions are on hold.
Dec 10, 2013 Diplomatic activity in Ukraine The President of Ukraine has met with the EU's Foreign Policy Chief.

Catherine Ashton is the latest diplomat to travel to the capital Kyiv since mass anti-government protests began.

Those followed Victor Yanukovych's decision to ditch a trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia.

Speaking earlier on TV with three former presidents, Yanukovych said Ukraine was in the middle.

"I am strongly against opposing relations with Europe in favour of relations with Russia and vice versa. We need to find a way to co-exist. I think Europe will sleep peacefully in warmth if Ukraine has good relations with Russia, if there aren't any conflicts like when the gas was turned off," he said.

Catherine Ashton is expected to meet with opposition leaders on her two-day visit.
Dec 10, 2013 NATO sees Ukraine's future in Europe NATO's deputy head Alexander Vershbow has said that "Ukraine's future lies with Europe" after the alliance held talks with officials from Kyiv.

The talks were held in Brussels on Tuesday, according to a NATO spokeswoman.

"The ambassadors expessed very strongly the fact that an independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine remains key to European security, said Oana Lungescu.

"Thats why we continue to follow with great concern and great attention what is happening in Ukraine."
Dec 9, 2013 Ashton to visit Kyiv amid Ukraine's anti-government protests Catherine Ashton, Europe's foreign policy chief, is expected to visit Kyiv on Tuesday and Wednesday to help Ukraine find 'a way out' of the political crisis.
She will hold talks with government, opposition and civil society. But the Commission has refused to call the High Representative an 'official mediator' in the crisis.
Dec 8, 2013 Ukraine's pro-EU protests draw 200,000 in Kiev Some 200,000 pro-EU protesters massed in Kiev on Sunday for a new demonstration aimed at wringing concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych in a bitter confrontation over a rejected EU deal.
Dec 6, 2013 Georgia seeks closer ties with Europe In recent months there has been a massive expansion in fence-building overseen by Russian military personnel along the administrative boundery line between breakaway region of South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia. Georgians suspect the move is connected to the fact that Georgia is making steps towards integration in the European Union by initialing an Association Agreement with the bloc.
Dec 2, 2013 Violence in Kyiv mars weekend of pro-Europe rallies A weekend of mass protests in Ukraine's capital degenerated into running battles and clashes with police on Sunday.

A massive 350,000 people had turned out to protest at President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn away from a trade pact with the EU.

At one point some of them apparently stormed presidential buildings.... but heavyweight boxer turned-opposition-politician Vitali Klitchko claimed that had been an orchestrated move by the authorities to justify a crackdown.
Dec 2, 2013 Arrests as anti-Putin protesters march in Armenia Hundreds of people have marched through the Armenian capital Yerevan to denounce the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It follows Armenia's decision in September to pull out of an association agreement with the EU and instead to join a Moscow-led customs union.

Police blocked a street as demonstrators tried to reach the headquarters of President Serzh Sarksyan's administration.

The protesters are strongly opposed to the Russian leader's efforts to bind former Soviet republics together more closely.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and police. Armenian media reports said about 100 people were arrested.

Away from the disturbances, a letter was handed over urging the government to change its mind.

Putin began his visit to the South Caucasus country in another Armenian city; he was due to head to Yerevan later for talks.

Critics of the Kremlin have accused Putin of putting pressure on former Soviet republics including Armenia and Ukraine, to reject deals that would lead to greater integration with the European Union.
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Dec 2, 2013 Protest against Armenia's joining Russia led Customs Union in Yerevan The participants of a protest against Armenia's joining Russia-led Customs Union are going to hand over a letter to the Armenian government.
Dec 2, 2013 Armenians protest during Putin visit to Yerevan Around 500 people marched through the capital of Armenia on Monday to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the country. They were also protesting against plans to join a Moscow-led customs union.
Dec 1, 2013 Ukraine's bloody crackdown leads to call for sanctions Ukraine's opposition leaders called for western sanctions to be imposed and urged demonstrators to further protest action after police used force to break up a demonstration on Saturday against the government's refusal to sign a trade deal with the EU.
Dec 1, 2013 Ukraine: pro-EU street rallies relocate as police block main square Thousands of protesters in the Ukrainian capital city Kyiv have been forced to relocate their demonstrations after Maidan Square was blocked off by police.

From Saturday, mass street rallies have been held in Mykhailivska Square, near to one of Kyiv's biggest cathedrals.

Chanting 'together until the end', protesters hope their location in front of a house of worship will prevent Ukrainian authorities and riot police from using force against peaceful demonstrators.

Eugenia Tymoshenko and Vladimir Klitschko were among those who came out in support of the passionate crowds.
Dec 1, 2013 Protest in Kiev erupts in violence as police clash with demonstrators Riot police and demonstrators clashed in Kiev after a rally in which opposition leaders called for President Viktor Yanukovic and his government to resign.

The protesters had swept through the streets of the capital in a sea of blue and gold the colors of both the EU and Ukraine before arriving at Independence Square.

The events which sparked the riot police to fire tear gas and use stun grenades are disputed. Opposition leaders said they wanted a peaceful protest and that the violence was stage managed, "provocation" to justify a security clampdown.
Dec 1, 2013 Ukraine: Demonstrators defy ban to stage mass rally Defying a ban on city centre protests, tens of thousands of Ukrainians are rallying in Kyiv, to denounce the decision to reject an EU deal.

Undeterred by the court order and beatings meted out to demonstrators on Saturday, they streamed back towards Independence Square.

Boxing champion turned opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko spoke for many.
Dec 1, 2013 Ukraine: Violence flares at pro-Europe protest Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been rallying in Kiev against their President's U-turn on Europe, amid increasingly chaotic scenes.

They defied a ban to gather.

But while most of the demonstration was peaceful, young radicals used a bulldozer to try to break into Viktor Yanukovich's headquarters.

Their approach to the building was blocked by a line of buses, requisitioned by the Interior Ministry.
Dec 1, 2013 Ukraine protesters tell why they are taking part Before Sunday's huge rally in Kyiv, Ukraine's Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko warned that police would respond if there was what he called 'mass disturbances'.

And, in an apparent bid to defuse tensions, President Viktor Yanukovich, who rejected an EU trade deal in favour of closer ties with Russia, said he would still do all in his power to speed up Ukraine's moves towards the EU.

Some are unconvinced.
Dec 1, 2013 Clashes rage as 100,000 Ukrainians rally over EU snub Around 100 Ukrainian police officers were injured Sunday in violent pro-EU protests outside President Viktor Yanukovych's office in Kiev, a police official told AFP, as 100,000 people took to the streets.
Nov 30, 2013 Ukraine president 'outraged' by violence The Ukrainian president has condemned a crackdown on protests in the capital Kiev. Riot police clashed with demonstrators who'd been calling for President Viktor Yanukovich to step down, after he refused to sign a trade deal with the European Union. He decided instead to keep up ties with Russia.
Nov 30, 2013 Ukraine's opposition leaders provide political focus for pro-EU protests Ukraine's political opposition leaders joined the sea of blue and gold in Kyiv's main square on Friday.

Returning from the EU summit in Vilnius, they said that President Viktor Yanukovych had 'stolen the dream' of closer integration with Europe.

Vitaly Klichko, a Ukrainian professional boxer, told euronews:
"Everybody is disappointed because we can not lose our dream and we want that after that [missed signature] government must resign and president too. The people call for that."
Nov 29, 2013 EU summit yields no deal with Ukraine A European Union (EU) summit in Lithuania has finished without an agreement on closer ties with Ukraine. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova all signed association agreements with the EU. But Ukraine's President, Viktor Yanukovich, refused the offered free trade deal citing the EU's failure to conform to his country's demands. Al Jazeera's David Chater reports from Kiev.
Nov 25, 2013 Violent protests as Ukraine delays signing trade deal Violent clashes erupted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as more than 100,000 people protested against a government decision to delay an association deal with the EU.

Riot police and angry demonstrators fought each other in front of government buildings as one group tried to break into the Cabinet of Ministers offices.

The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
Nov 25, 2013 Ukraine: more clashes in Kyiv as protests continue against suspension of EU trade talks There have been more clashes in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. Police fired teargas on demonstrators protesting against the government's decision to suspend trade talks with the EU.

Ukraine was supposed to sign a trade and cooperation agreement at the EU summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Friday but the government announced last week it was seeking closer trade ties with Moscow instead.

The Kremlin had threatened trade retaliation against Ukraine.
Nov 25, 2013 Protests continue in Ukraine In Ukraine, thousands of demonstrators took part in a second day of protests against their government's decision to turn its back on a landmark European trade deal. Meanwhile, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has announced from her jail cell that she's on a hunger strike.
Nov 25, 2013 Violent protests as Ukraine delays signing trade deal Violent clashes erupted in the Ukrainian capital Kiev as more than 100,000 people protested against a government decision to delay an association deal with the EU.

Riot police and angry demonstrators fought each other in front of government buildings as one group tried to break into the Cabinet of Ministers offices.

The protest was the biggest Ukraine has seen since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
Nov 25, 2013 Ukraine: more clashes in Kyiv as protests continue against suspension of EU trade talks There have been more clashes in Ukraine's capital Kyiv. Police fired teargas on demonstrators protesting against the government's decision to suspend trade talks with the EU.

Ukraine was supposed to sign a trade and cooperation agreement at the EU summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Friday but the government announced last week it was seeking closer trade ties with Moscow instead.

The Kremlin had threatened trade retaliation against Ukraine.

On the streets there is anger at what is seen as a u-turn by the government
Nov 24, 2013 Ukraine: Huge pro-EU rally after government U-turn Nine years after Ukraine's pro-Western Orange Revolution, up to 100,000 people have staged Kiev's biggest protest ever since.

Marching in defence of a European future for their country, they denounced the government's U turn over EU integration.

Dismayed at the decision to abandon an association deal with the EU just days before it was due to be signed, one demonstrator told euronews: "Today, it is no longer about policy, or any individual political party. It's about our values. There are not only political flags here but many Ukrainian flags and EU flags as well."
Sep 23, 2013 EU, Russia and Ukraine in political tug of war 'Don't sign on the dotted line', that was the message from Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev..
Sep 16, 2013 EU Enlargement Commissioner: "We Have Not Given Up On Armenia" EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele says Brussels is still eager to pursue deeper ties with Yerevan even if Armenia goes ahead with plans to join a Russian-led Customs Union. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL Armenian Service Director Harry Tamrazian, Fuele confirmed that Armenia could not sign association and free-trade agreements with the EU while also belonging to the Customs Union, but he said that the EU remains committed to supporting European values and civil society in Armenia.
Sep 4, 2013 Armenia set to join Russia-led customs union in blow to EU Armenia is turning its back on Europe with a decision to join a Russia-led customs union.

The country is going with its former soviet master instead of signing up to a European free trade agreement - dealing a blow to the EU's Eastern Partnership policy.

The decision came after Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.

 

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Dec 21, 2012 Putin slams EU criticism of Russia's rights records Russian President Vladmir Putin on Friday hit out at EU criticism of Moscow's human rights record, suggesting there are worse violations inside the 27-member bloc itself.

He was speaking a two-day EU-Russia summit in Brussels, which touched on issues such as energy and immigration.

But Putin reserved his toughest words for this attack on alleged abuses against Russian speakers in the Baltics.

"We are concerned about outrageous facts of violation of rights of Russian speaking population in some countries of the EU, in the Baltic states we're concerned about the hero worship of scum bags who follow Nazi ideology," he told reporters.
Dec 21, 2012 Russia's energy disputes with Ukraine and Belarus

Russia has had repeated disputes over gas and oil supplies with Ukraine and Belarus, ex-Soviet countries through which pipelines carry much of its energy exports, leading to disruptions of flows to European Union countries. The disruptions have increased the EU's resolve to diversify supply away from Russia, while Moscow has sought to build pipelines to bypass Ukraine as a transit country, while pushing Kiev to cede control of its gas pipeline network.

Dec 13, 2012 Mass fight between MPs breaks out in Ukraine's parliament

Deputies from opposition and pro-government parties blocked the first session of Ukraine's parliament on Wednesday after numerous fights erupted in the parliament chamber.

Dec 11, 2012 EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement: To sign or not to sign? The leak of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) turns the focus of their relations to a Shakespearean question: to sign or not to sign. And since Ukraine is ready to sign, it puts the onus on the EU, in the complex geopolitical games of Russia, Europe, the US and other influential international players, argues Roman Rukomeda.
Dec 6, 2012 Insight: Riddle persists of Ukraine gas deal that never was It was hailed as a historic $1 billion deal marking a major step towards ending Ukraine's reliance on imported Russian gas. But the ballyhoo had no sooner died down after the signing of the gas terminal deal than the alleged Spanish partner disowned it and the mysterious outsider involved vanished, leaving Ukrainian officials humiliated and embarrassed.
Dec 3, 2012 Entire Ukraine government resigns The presidency said President Viktor Yanukovych had accepted Mr Azarov's request to give up his post and become an MP, a move expected to be repeated by several cabinet ministers. It remained unclear who would fill the powerful post of premier, with some analysts speculating it could go to a member of the elite close to Mr Yanukovych known as the "Family".
Nov 29, 2012 Ukraine Crushed in $1.1bn Fake Gas Deal Certainly the folks at Gazprom are having a good snicker, reveling in the mockery that has been made of what should have been a landmark Ukraine-Spain gas deal that would have loosened Russia’s gas grip on Kiev. Everyone wondered how Russia would respond to Ukraine’s attempt at gas independence. But this is what happens when you mess with Gazprom.
Nov 29, 2012 In Ukraine, Mystery Man Fakes a Natural Gas Deal

For two months, Jordi Sarda Bonvehi negotiated with Ukrainian officials on behalf of a Spanish utility company about participating in a $1 billion investment fund to build a liquefied natural gas plant on the Black Sea. On Monday, he took part in a signing ceremony for the deal overseen by the prime minister in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.

Nov 8, 2012 Ukraine’s Ultranationalists Show Surprising Strength at Polls

The last time Oleg Tyagnibok was a member of Ukraine’s Parliament, his colleagues kicked him out over a fiery speech in which he described how Ukrainians, during World War II, bravely fought Muscovites, Germans, Jews “and other scum,” and then used slurs to refer to the “Jewish-Russian mafia, which rules in Ukraine.”

Nov 5, 2012 Hundreds protest alleged Ukraine election fraud 

Hundreds of Ukrainians protested alleged fraud in last month's parliamentary election and the opposition threatened to boycott the new parliament and call for a re-vote today. Western observers deemed the Oct. 28 parliamentary election unfair, saying the imprisonment of President Viktor Yanukovych's arch-foe, Yulia Tymoshenko, and non-transparent vote tallying were a step back for democracy.

Nov 1, 2012 Voting in Ukraine - The people lose in elections that were hardly free and fair

The elections here did not go well. Even the enormous expenses of installing cameras at polling stations didn’t provide transparent voting. Constant problems with connections, lack of experience in using of such systems and the rush in preparation for the elections turned the idea into a new kind of entertainment. Not surprisingly, the independent election monitors pretty much called the whole event a farce.

Oct 30, 2012 New Ukrainian Parliament Keeps Politics A Family Affair

Some people see work as a chance to get away from their families. But when Ukrainian lawmakers gather for the first session of the newly elected Verkhovna Rada, they may feel like they never left home.

Oct 29, 2012 Ukraine election 'reversed democracy', OSCE says

International observers say Ukraine's election has been a backward step for democracy, marred by "the abuse of power and the excessive role of money". The statement from the regional security body OSCE came as early results pointed to a win for President Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions.

Oct 24, 2012 Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter warns of 'dictatorship' in Ukraine

The daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko, the jailed former prime minister of Ukraine, has warned that this weekend's parliamentary elections could lead to an irreversible "dictatorship".

Oct 9, 2012 Russia Offers Ukraine Cheap Gas If Kyiv Joins Customs Union

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mikola Azarov has said the price of Russian gas would be significantly reduced if Ukraine joined the CIS Custom Union with Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Azarov said on October 9 that Russia had "put forward conditions: join the customs union and tomorrow you will receive gas for $160 [per 1,000 cubic meters]." Ukraine is currently paying some $420 per 1,000 cubic meters and the country has imported less Russian gas in 2012 due to disputes over the price. Azarov said joining the CIS Customs Union would "answer the national interests of Ukraine."

 

Aug 30, 2012 Ukraine court rejects appeal of former PM Tymoshenko's conviction

Ukraine's high court rejected an appeal Wednesday by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who had challenged her conviction on charges of abuse of authority. She is serving a seven-year prison sentence after she was found guilty of the charges in October.

Aug 17, 2012 Pussy Riot sentenced for Putin protest Members of Russian punk rock band are sentenced to two years in prison for performing a song critical of Vladimir Putin.
Aug 10, 2012 Language law comes into force in Ukraine (not a link)

The law was published in the Ukrainian parliament’s official publication – Holos Ukrainy newspaper on Friday. The law, authored by parliamentarians Vadym Kolesnichenko and Serhiy Kivalov from the Party of Regions, was adopted by parliament on July 3, triggering protests in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities. Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn refused to sign the law and submitted a letter of resignation. However, the Verkhovna Rada twice held votes of confidence in the speaker, and did not accept his resignation.

Jul 27, 2012 Ukraine parliament to reconvene, language bill in focus

Ukraine's parliament will reconvene for an extra session on Monday, the chamber said, in a move which could lead to a contentious bill to make Russian the official language in parts of the former Soviet republic being signed into law.

Jul 5, 2012 Gas pipes and price hikes: Ukraine, Russia's uneasy alliance

Early this year Ukraine -- along with much of eastern Europe -- was caught in a deep and protracted cold snap. Many froze to death, energy demand spiked, and to top it all Russia accused Ukraine of stealing gas from transit pipes destined for western Europe for the second time in three years.

Jul 5, 2012 Ukrainians polarized over language law

On Wednesday, just days after the country celebrated the final whistle of the European football championships, Ukraine once again demonstrated its position as one of the former Soviet Union's more turbulent political cultures. Nearly 1,000 demonstrators clashed with scores of black-helmeted riot police in the capital Kiev, with both sides using pepper spray and law enforcement officials wielding batons to disperse the crowds.

Jul 4, 2012 Ukrainian Official Quits to Protest Russian-Language Bill

The chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament resigned Wednesday after refusing to sign a contentious bill that would allow local and regional governments to grant official status to Russian and other languages, while hundreds of opponents of the measure clashed violently with riot police officers in Kiev, the capital.

Jul 4, 2012 Ukraine police clash with Kiev crowd over language law

Police in Ukraine's capital Kiev have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters angry over a new language law that boosts the status of Russian. The clashes erupted outside a building where President Viktor Yanukovych was scheduled to give a speech.

Jul 4, 2012 Battle for language: Ukrainians clash over controversial bill

(Russian source) - Fights between members of Ukraine’s opposition and the police broke out in Kiev, as several hundred people protested against a bill on minority languages. Tear gas was used, although it's not clear by which side, and several people were injured.

May 24, 2012 Brawl erupts in Ukraine parliament over Russian language bill

Violent scuffles broke out in the Ukrainian Rada on Thursday as deputies debated the bill which would allow the official use of Russian language in certain parts of the country.

May 24, 2012 Short for words: Ukrainian MPs trade punches over language bill

(Russian source) - The Ukrainian Parliament resembled a pub when a rowdy brawl broke out between opposition and pro-presidential deputies. What sparked the tussle was a moot bill that sought to grant the Russian language official status in parts of the country.

May 10, 2012 Ukraine: Caught between East and West

Seven and a half years ago, scenes of jubilant crowds celebrating the outcome of Ukraine's Orange Revolution -- a new presidential vote after a rigged election was annulled -- filled TV screens around the world. Now the country is back in the headlines, thanks to the controversial detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, a heroine of the revolution, and threats to boycott next month's Euro 2012 soccer matches in response.

May 3, 201205 Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter in emotional plea to free her mother

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Yevgeniya Tymoshenko, 32, called on President Viktor Yanukovych to release her mother and other alleged political prisoners before the competition starts on June 8.

Mar 5, 2012 Vladimir Putin Wins Russian Presidential Election Vladimir Putin has been confirmed as the next President of Russia.

He won over 60% of the vote but concerns have been raised about the fairness of the ballot.
Mar 4, 2012 Russia Votes in Presidential Election Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by widespread violations claimed by the opposition and independent observers
Mar 4, 2012 Claims of fraud in Russia's presidential election Euronews' correspondent Alexander Shashkov is among the 109 million eligible voters in Russia's presidential ballot.

Speaking at a polling station in Moscow, one of 96,000 nationwide, he said it was registering votes for local elections as well as the presidential ballot.

While everything there looked to be above board, opposition parties and an independent watchdog are already denouncing widespread irregularities.

Among the claims, some say groups of voters are being taken to one polling station after another to vote several times for Vladimir Putin.
Mar 4, 2012 Russia votes in presidential election Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, has cast his vote in an election that he is widely expected to win.

Putin was first elected Russia's president from 2000 to 2008, but was barred by the constitution from standing for a third consecutive term. He has spent the last four years as prime minister, under President Dmitri Medvedev, but is now expected to return to the top job.

This election is being held against a backdrop of many anti-Putin protests, sparked by allegations of widespread fraud during December's parliamentary elections.
 
Feb 23, 2012 Tougher laws for 2012 Russian election March's presidential elections will have much stronger checks and balances at polling stations than before, with a law requiring two webcams, a computer, modem and UPS for online monitoring of the vote at each polling station.

Some are calling it the 'virtualisation' of the election, with officials reading out results to camera in order to minimise disputes in an operation that is costing nearly half a billion euros.
Feb 21, 2012 Ukraine and Russia: Another Gas War?

Relations between the Kremlin and Kyiv are at a new low after serious gas shortages in Europe this winter. In a Q&A, Olga Shumylo-Tapiola examines energy relations between Russia and Ukraine, the potential for this latest conflict to escalate, and the implications for EU-Ukraine relations. Shumylo-Tapiola says amendments to the bilateral gas deal are unlikely before Russia’s presidential elections and that Ukraine needs to be doing more to reduce its dependence on Russian natural gas. 

Feb 17, 2012 Interview: Gorbachev On Putin With Russia's presidential elections just weeks away, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev spoke about prime minister and presidential hopeful Vladimir Putin's authoritarian tendencies and capacity to change.
Feb 3, 2012 Deja vu as Russia gas cuts hit eight more EU countries Eight EU countries have joined Italy in noting a sharp drop in Russian gas supplies, in events recalling the massive 2009 crunch. Gazprom deliveries to Austria and Slovakia reportedly fell by 30 percent on Thursday (2 February). Shipments to Poland fell 7 percent and Czech distributor RWE Transgaz said deliveries are "several" percent lower than normal.

 

2011


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Dec 24, 2011 Thousands protest against Russian government Tens of thousands of people have rallied in central Moscow in the biggest popular challenge yet to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's hold on power.

Protesters were demonstrating on Saturday against alleged vote rigging in a December 4 parliamentary poll.

They were chanting slogans against Putin's United Russia party, with many shouting "Russia without Putin".

Protests also took place in St Petersburg - Russia's second city - where thousands of people gathered, and in other cities.
 

Dec 10, 2011 Thousands of Russians demand 'evolution not revolution' Thousands, donning white ribbons, came to protest on the streets of Russia. For many, Saturday's protests against recent election results that kept Vlamidir Putin's United Russia party in power, were their first protest.

Of the 20,000 gathered in Moscow, most are from the nation's educated middle-class who are now openly calling for Putin to go.

This weekend's protests mark the return of Russian street politics dormant since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but these protests are being carefully managed by the over 50,000 police and Interior Ministry troops stationed on the ground.
Dec 10, 2011 Protests across Russia Mass protests across Russia, demanding a run-run of parliamentary elections and an end to Prime Minister Putin's rule, prompt the question: are we witnessing a Slavig Spring in the dead of winter?
Dec 6, 2011 Thousands hold anti-Putin protest in Moscow Russians held an unprecedented protest on Monday night against polls that critics said were rigged in favour of Vladimir Putin's party. Several thousand people followed a call on social networking sites for a rally against the results of weekend elections, which Putin's United Russia party won but with a sharply reduced majority
Nov 18, 2011 Leaders of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan discuss a joint economic union Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan on Friday signed a decree to set up a joint body to oversee and regulate the economy and trade in the three nations, paving the way for an economic union of the three former Soviet republics.
The Eurasian Economic Commission will be set up in January to regulate, and to gradually take over from Russian, Belarusian and Kazakh authorities, some functions in shaping and executing economic, trade and currency policies, in a way similar to the economic bodies of the European Union.
The commission would help to set up the Eurasian Economic Union of the three nations by 2015, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said at a televised news conference.
     

 

2005-2008


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20081211 Russia warns West not to meddle in ex-Soviet Union (Iranian source) - Russia's foreign minister warned the West on Wednesday against meddling in its backyard, saying the U.S. and European countries must not advance their interests in the former Soviet Union at Russia's expense.
20080707 Exiled Russian Dissident Wants to Topple Putin

Russian prosecutors plan legal action against an exiled business tycoon who told a British newspaper on Friday that he is funding a bid to oust President Vladimir Putin's regime. Boris Berezovsky, who fled Russia in 2001 and was granted political asylum in Britain two years later, told The Guardian that he is helping to finance an attempt by Putin opponents inside the Kremlin to overthrow the authoritarian president.

 
20061125 Ex-KGB Spy Blames Putin for His Death A rare radioactive substance killed an ex-KGB spy turned Kremlin critic, the British government said Friday. In a dramatic statement written before he died, the man called Russian President Vladimir Putin "barbaric and ruthless" and blamed him personally for the poisoning. Putin, in Finland, offered his condolences for the death of Alexander Litvinenko and denied any involvement. He called the release of the deathbed statement a "political provocation" by his opponents.
20050427 Putin's blueprint looks to past glories

 

 

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has described the break-up of the Soviet Union as the "greatest geopolitical disaster of the last century". Mr Putin, a former KGB spy, used his state of the nation address to deplore the disintegration of old ideals and the hardships of the new capitalist era.
20050425 Putin deplores collapse of USSR Russia's President Vladimir Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. Mr Putin's annual state of the nation address to parliament was broadcast live on Russian television.
20050425 Putin: Collapse of the Soviet Union was 'catastrophe of the century' Vladimir Putin, Russia's President, has put his Western critics on notice that his country will develop democracy at its own pace and will not tolerate any outside interference, let alone a "velvet revolution". Putin, Russia's President, has put his Western critics on notice that his country will develop democracy at its own pace and will not tolerate any outside interference, let alone a "velvet revolution". Delivering his annual state of the nation address yesterday, Mr Putin appeared to be directly addressing his critics, notably the United States, which has accused him of backsliding on democracy and being too authoritarian.
20050425 Putin: Soviet collapse a 'genuine tragedy' Russian President Vladimir Putin told the nation Monday that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” and had fostered separatist movements inside Russia. In his annual state of the nation address to parliament and the country’s top political leaders, Putin said the Soviet collapse also was a tragedy for Russians.

 

1980's-1990's

 

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19911225 Gorbachev Resigns

 

 

At the end of a dramatic year that witnessed an attempted coup against his rule, and the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party's authority, President Mikhail Gorbachev bowed to the inevitable on December 25, 1991. In a ten minute address to the nation, he officially resigned from his position as Soviet President, and by the end of that historic night, the Red Flag was no longer flying above the Kremlin
19911208 End of Soviet Union

 

 

Leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine establish commonwealth of states. End of Soviet Union
199108 Day One, August 19th 1991

 

On August 19th 1991, the Soviet people woke to news of an attempt to overthrow President Mikhail Gorbachev, the architect of "glasnost" and "perestroika". The coup, led by the so-called "Gang of Eight", brought Red Army tanks onto the streets of Moscow. Russian leader Boris Yeltsin led attempts to rebuff the coup plotters, and would go on to become the dominant force in Moscow as the Soviet Union crumbled and a restored Gorbachev lost his grip on power.
 

Day Two, August 20th 1991

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  Day Three, August 21st 1991 On August 21st 1991, the attempt to overthrow Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev collapsed; the coup plotters were themselves overwhelmed by a mixture of people power, the lack of Army support, and a charismatic leadership performance by Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin.
19891110 Celebration at the Berlin Wall no useful description
19891109 Günter Schabowski (DDR politburo) announces the opening of the DDR border (English subtitled)
19891109 The Berlin Wall comes down Bulldozer And Demolition Crane Removing Top Sections Of Wall While Crowds Cheer And Shout
19891109 The Berlin Wall Falls no useful description
19891109 The Berlin Wall falls The East German government opened its borders to the West allowing citizens to pass freely for the first time since 1961.
19891109 The moment the Berlin Wall fell

 

Sunday November 9, 2014 marks 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
19891007 ZDF Heute vom 7. Oktober 1989  Second German TV news from October 7, 1989 (German)
19891005 Thousands Flee East German Party

 

PRAGUE.- West German embassy: Red Cross unloading supplies: Embassy sign: refugees belongings loaded on truck: refugee family outside embassy: refugees leaving embassy. (WTN) 6.10.89. HANOVER: VS of East German refugees queuing at border police barracks: various of refugees: Refugees receiving 50 Deutsch marks: GVs of barracks.
19891005

First Train With East German Refugees Arriving

 

First train arriving at Hof, people cheering, refugees waving. Man crying while eeating. Man hugs crying man. West German flag waved on platform. Refugees given food. Second train arrives, refugees waving. Hof station sign PAN to people on platform. Family waves and hugs. GV of platform and food stands. Child given food. Man child wait by train. Children eating. Couple, man crying. Carriages and clothes. Child looking at clothes, Women looking at clothes.
19890930

Genscher at the German Embassy in Prague

4500 East Germans had taken refugee on the area of the West-German embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, with a view to be permitted to leave for West-Germany. The video shows the West-German foreign minister at that time, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, standing on the embassy's balcony and telling the refugees that their departure permission had been negociated.

Translation:
"We're trying for a solution, but I don't want to give a statement now. First I'd like to speak to the Germans from the GDR who are currently at the embassy."

comment: Hans-Dietrich Genscher was Germany's longest serving foreign minister and is widely seen as the architect of the unification between East and West Germany. He died on April 1, 2016

 
19890822 COMPILED NEWS REPORT

19898228 - EAST GERMAN WAVE OF REFUGEES SEEKING ASYLUM SWELLS, 2,000 IN A WEEK

East Germans have fled to the West in the past week, swelling a wave of refugees that has strained relations with East Berlin. The West German foreign Ministry said that 2,000 people who crossed the Hungarian border into Austria had applied to the West German embassy in Vienna for travel documents. That brings the number of illegal escapes to about 3,300 so far this month, August

19890824 - BUDAPEST.

Church gate and Maltesian flag and emblem to GV of Zugliegti church. General Secretary Ruehe of the Christian Democratic Party and West German delegation meeting East German refugees. CU of two refugees. Refugees tents. Children on swings. Ruehe interviewed. Ruehe talking to refugees. Ruehe inside gate talking to more refugees

19890822 - MUNSTER. W. GERMANY.

Train pulling into station. Police at back of food van. Queue at van by train. Mother and little girl at train window. Another queue of people waiting for food. Other refugees in Giessan camp. People queuing. People looking at notice board.

19890822 - HUNGARY-AUSTRIA BORDER AREA.

Scenes near Austrian border. Youth hitch-hiking. Abandoned East German cars on farm track. Hungarian border guards examine empty cars. Apparent bullet mark on wind screen. Hungarian guards watch over arrested East German. East German put into police van. Hungarian guards block way of East German cars on track. Group of weeping East Germans seated by roadside

 
19870612 President Ronald Reagan "Tear Down This Wall" Speech at Berlin Wall

 

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19870612 "Berlin Wall" Speech - President Reagan's Address at the Brandenburg Gate The complete and official version of President Reagan's remarks on East-West relations at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987.