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United States refuses to recognize validity of eastern Ukrainian independence vote

US reiterates illegality of eastern Ukraine referendum (via AFP) The United States said it will not recognise the result of the independence vote in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, calling it an “illegal” attempt to create division and disorder. Pro-Russian rebels organised the independence vote in eastern Ukraine on…  …

Fragile Easter truce in eastern Ukraine shattered by deadly gunfight

Russia ‘outraged’ as east Ukraine shootout shatters Easter truce (via AFP) A deadly gunfight in a town in restive east Ukraine on Sunday shattered a fragile Easter truce, with Russia declaring it was “outraged” at the return to violence in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic. Three pro-Russian militants and one…

NATO warns Russia against ‘historic mistake’ in Ukraine

NATO warned Russia on Tuesday against making an "historic mistake" by provoking a flaring secession crisis in eastern Ukraine that Moscow itself conceded could degenerate into a civil war. Ukraine's embattled interim leaders have been waging an uphill……

Pro-Russian forces storm goverment building in eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russians storm government building in eastern Ukraine (via AFP) About 50 protesters chanting “Donetsk is a Russian city!” broke through police lines Sunday and stormed inside the main administration building of the eastern Ukrainian city. The activists moved away from a crowd of about 2,000 rallying on the main…  …

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