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Push to save ceasefire as Kiev threatens to scrape truce

International efforts to save Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire are set to intensify Wednesday as Kiev threatens to scrap the truce after pro-Russian rebels downed an army helicopter. Nine servicemen were killed when the Mi-8 helicopter was brought down Tuesday, underscoring the limited control both Russia and senior rebel leaders seem to…

NATO reports new Russian troop build-up near Ukraine

NATO on Thursday reported another build-up of Russian forces near Ukraine as its new president put in place key pieces of his pro-Western government and embraced an EU trade pact that has been bitterly fought by the Kremlin. Ukraine’s parliament unanimously confirmed as foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin — a charismatic…

Russia cuts Ukraine’s gas after peace negotiations crumble

Russia cuts Ukraine’s gas after talks fail (via AFP) Russia cut the flow of gas to Ukraine on Monday after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a price dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe for the third time in a decade. Ukraine hosted the EU-mediated negotiations hoping to keep…

Ukraine mourns 49 killed when pro-Russian forces shot down plane

Ukraine mourns troops as gas talks run down to wire (via AFP) Ukraine on Sunday mourned 49 people killed when pro-Kremlin rebels downed their military plane as Kiev prepared to host last-gasp talks with Moscow to avert a Russian gas cut that would also hit Europe. Flags were lowered across…

Ukraine braces for Russian gas cut after key wins over rebels

Ukraine drives out rebels, braces for Russian gas cut (via AFP) Resurgent Ukrainian forces hoisted the national flag over a strategic rebel-held port on Friday while the embattled leaders in Kiev made urgent preparations for a looming Russian gas cut. Ukraine’s new Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko celebrated…   [Image via…

Ukraine and Russia launch critical negotiations on gas cuts and separatists

Ukraine, Russia launch crisis talks on gas, insurgency (via AFP) Ukraine embarked on delicate diplomatic negotiations with Russia on Monday aimed at averting a debilitating gas cut and ending a bloody separatist insurgency by the end of the week. The meetings in Brussels and Kiev are the first challenges for…

Western-backed tycoon Petro Poroshenko sworn in with Ukraine facing civil war

Western-backed tycoon Petro Poroshenko vowed Saturday to avert civil war and mend ties with Russia after being sworn in as Ukraine's fifth post-Soviet president with the nation facing disintegration and economic collapse. Poroshenko took the oath of……

Ukraine tells Russia to recognize new president Petro Poroshenko

Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of unleashing a global propaganda campaign to persuade global powers not to recognise an election that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon. Washington for its part admitted to a "fundamental disagreement" with……

Protest leader Vitali Klitschko claims victory in Kiev mayoral election

Ukraine’s burly boxing hero and strident protest leader Vitali Klitschko claimed victory Sunday in Kiev mayoral vote that cements his role as a statesman for the country’s post-Soviet generation. “All change will begin in Kiev,” the former heavyweight champion declared after exit polls gave him 57 percent of the capital…

Former chocolate baron tasked with ending turmoil, bloodshed in Ukraine

Poroshenko: from chocolate baron to Ukraine president (via AFP) Petro Poroshenko, who is almost certain to be tasked with steering Ukraine out of months of turmoil and bloodshed, is a billionaire chocolate baron, cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary. The pro-Western tycoon won an outright victory in a presidential…  …

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