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Pope pleads for Easter peace as violence breaks out in Ukraine, Jerusalem

Pope leads Easter celebrations marred by Ukraine (via AFP) Pope Francis celebrated Easter mass on Sunday with a message of social solidarity as the world’s Orthodox marked a holiday marred by bitter divisions over Ukraine and clashes broke out in Jerusalem. Francis led the ceremony for the holiest day in…

U.S. claims ‘signs of Moscow involvement’ in latest outbreak of violence in Ukraine

‘Signs of Moscow involvement’ in Ukraine violence, US says (via AFP) Attacks on police and security service buildings in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian gunmen bore “tell-tale signs of Moscow’s involvement,” the US envoy to the United Nations said Sunday. Speaking on ABC television’s “This Week” program, Ambassador Samantha…  …

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……

Ukraine moves to grant more power to regions

Crisis-hit Ukraine took the first step Wednesday toward granting more powers to the regions in line with Western wishes but stopped well short of creating the federation sought by Russia. The Western-backed team unveiled its high-stakes plan under the dual pressure of tens of thousands of Russian troops massed at…

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Crimea crisis

NATO said it has suspended all cooperation with Russia over the Crimea crisis and questioned Moscow’s claim to have withdrawn troops from near the Ukrainian border, saying it could not confirm any pullback. Just hours later the US Congress easily passed an aid package for Ukraine that includes sanctions against…

Russia says it will pull back troops from Ukrainian border

The Russian defence ministry on Monday said it was pulling back a battalion from a region on the border with Ukraine but it was not clear if this was linked to a wider troop movement to defuse tensions. A battalion from the central military district’s 15th motorised infantry brigade finished…

Ukraine seeks joint U.S. war games after Crimea takeover

Ukraine's acting president asked parliamentary approval on Wednesday for a set of military exercises with NATO partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia's forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov……

U.S. and G7 nations reject Russian invitation to meet in Sochi

The G7 group of top economic powers on Monday scrapped a planned meeting to be hosted by Russia as they sought to deepen Moscow’s isolation over the Ukraine crisis. After emergency talks called by U.S. President Barack Obama, the G7 said they would hold a meeting in Brussels without Russia…

Russian TV host: Jews caused Holocaust and are asking for another one with Ukraine support

A Russian state television host asserted recently that the Jewish people brought the Holocaust on themselves, and were hastening a second holocaust by supporting the Ukraine government instead of Russia. In a YouTube clip uploaded on Sunday, a guest explains to Russia 24 presenter Evelyn Zakamskaya why Jews should not…

Ukraine’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko urges hard Western line against Russia

Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, urged Western powers Sunday to unite on a hard line against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea crisis. "This aggressive striving for power with regard to Ukraine represents not only a danger……

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