Ukraine calls for UN peacekeepers, protesters ask Putin for help

Following the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two others near Slaviansk, Turchynov gave a televised address on Sunday night in which he promised amnesty to those who had not fired at security forces if they laid down their arms and vacated government buildings. In an emer...
2014-04-14 17:27:44 +0000

Ukraine crisis: Putin demands advance payment for gas

In Moscow, President Vladimir Putin appeared in little mood for negotiation, threatening in a cabinet meeting to demand that Ukraine pay for its gas in advance – a move he said would "correspond with the contract" between Ukraine and Russia. The Russian gas monopoly, Gazprom, says Russia has n...
2014-04-10 06:21:12 +0000

Kerry warns Putin and calls Ukraine protests ‘contrived’

"What we see from Russia is an illegal and illegitimate effort to destabilize a sovereign state and create a contrived crisis with paid operatives across an international boundary," Kerry said. Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Tuesday, US Secretary of State...
2014-04-09 07:37:15 +0000

How Vladimir Putin became evil

<h3>The US and UK condemn him for Crimea but supported him over the war in Chechnya. Why? Because now he refuses to play ball</h3> Once again, it seems that Russia and the United States are finding it difficult to agree on how to deal with their respective ambitions. This clash of interests is...
2014-03-29 19:59:26 +0000

Saudi Arabia: Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Russia's Vladimir Putin has telephoned President Barack Obama to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Mr Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, the White House said in a statement. According to the Kremlin, Mr Putin suggested e...
2014-03-28 23:45:23 +0000

"Back in the USSR: Past Russian Policies Provide Mr. Putin’s Playbook in Ukraine"

<h3>Author: </h3>Fiona Hill, Former Associate Director, Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project <h3>Belfer Center Programs or Projects: </h3>Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project Since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and Crimea, much attention has been focused on the 1994 Budap...
2014-03-23 05:56:00 +0000

Obama extends sanctions to include Putin supporters

President Obama has extended financial sanctions against Russia to include wealthy supporters of Vladimir Putin and a bank close to the Kremlin, in a bid to deter Russian military incursions into eastern and southern Ukraine. Amid growing pressure for a tougher US response to the crisis, the W...
2014-03-20 20:43:36 +0000

Biden heads to Europe to send signal to Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Europe to send a clear signal to Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) about his intervention in Ukraine. Biden leaves Monday evening for Warsaw, where he'll meet Tuesday with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and President Bronis...
2014-03-18 06:49:45 +0000

Putin signs treaty, adds Crimea to map of Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — With a sweep of his pen, President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on Tuesday, describing the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests. In an emotional 40-minute speech televised live fr...
2014-03-18 14:09:45 +0000

Putin could invade Eastern Ukraine after Crimea Vote

Ukraine's president has said that there was a "real danger" Moscow would seize further territory after the referendum in Crimea, and he accused "Kremlin agents" of orchestrating turmoil in the Russian-speaking east of his country. Acting leader Oleksander Turchinov said there was every possibi...
2014-03-15 20:52:51 +0000

Anti-government protesters in Moscow: "Putin, go away!"

MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in central Moscow Saturday, a day before a Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea on whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia. It was the largest anti-government demonstration since 2012. Demonstrators waved Russian a...
2014-03-15 16:59:03 +0000

Putin deploys troops near Ukraine border

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Moscow has deployed 10,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, for a new military maneuvers. In Crimea, where the public will vote on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and become part of Russia, jittery residents lined up at their banks to withdraw cash fro...
2014-03-14 05:29:15 +0000

Obama to Putin: your actions are 'clear violation'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country's actions are a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The White House says the two leaders spoke for an hour Thursday afternoon. It's their first kno...
2014-03-07 03:12:03 +0000

Ukraine's prime minister to Putin: Stop this mess

PARIS (AP) — Facing off in Europe's capitals, Russia and the West began trying to build the elements of a diplomatic solution to Europe's gravest crisis since the Cold War — even as the West appeared increasingly resigned to an entrenched Russian presence in Crimea. NATO hit back by putting Russi...
2014-03-05 21:05:12 +0000

Obama: Putin's not fooling anybody

MOSCOW (AP) — Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, U...
2014-03-05 02:40:01 +0000

Putin threatens to attack Ukraine; Kerry in Kiev

MOSCOW (AP) — Stepping back from the brink of war, Vladimir Putin talked tough but cooled tensions in the Ukraine crisis Tuesday, saying Russia has no intention "to fight the Ukrainian people" but reserves the right to use force. As the Russian president held court in his personal residence, U...
2014-03-05 01:15:41 +0000

Putin's Dream For Russia Is Hitler's Germany, Large and Powerful

<h3>The current Putin's provocations are just his way to show we are entering in a new Cold War time. Today's Ukraine is yesterday's Czechoslovakia and Vladimir Putin believes he is the unstoppable "Tsar" of Russia.</h3>Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said there was no reason for Russi...
2014-05-24 00:44:17 +0000

Kerry: Repercussions for Putin 'act of aggression'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Western powers are prepared "to go to the hilt" to isolate Russia for its military incursion into Ukraine, "an incredible act of aggression" that may lead to visa bans, asset freezes, trade and investment penalties, and a boycott of a Russian-hosted economic summit of global pow...
2014-03-02 17:37:50 +0000

Obama, Putin: Starkly differing views on Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, strongly disagree over what's at stake in the Ukraine crisis. Those differing views were made clear in a 90-minute phone call and could make it difficult to find a resolution to the crisis in Ukrain...
2014-03-02 08:24:49 +0000

Putin's Military Invasion of Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over the strategic Crimean peninsula Saturday without firing a shot. The newly installed government in Kiev was powerless to react, and despite calls by U.S. President Barack Obama for Russia to pull back its forces, Western governments had few optio...
2014-03-02 07:18:05 +0000

Crimean leader claims control, asks Putin for help

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine's restive Crimea claimed control of all military, police and other security services in this strategic peninsula Saturday and appealed to Russia's president for help in keeping peace there. In a statement reported by local an...
2014-03-01 09:55:56 +0000

Obama warns Putin - Russia sends troops into Ukraine

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports in Crimea on Friday and Russian transport planes flew into the strategic region, Ukrainian officials said, an ominous sign of the Kremlin's iron hand in Ukraine. President Barack Obama bluntly warned Mos...
2014-03-01 02:07:17 +0000

Obama: Putin does not respect people's basic freedoms

Barack Obama has sharply criticised Russian support for crackdowns in Ukraine and Syria, calling for a transitional government in Kiev and personally accusing Vladimir Putin of failing to respect basic freedoms in both countries. In his most explicit comments yet on alleged Kremlin involvement...
2014-02-20 09:58:42 +0000

Putin visits bomb-hit Volgograd

VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday made a pre-dawn visit to the city reeling from two suicide bombings this week, bringing gestures of sympathy for the victims and questions for the officials he has ordered to beef up security. The bombings at the main railw...
2014-01-01 09:20:31 +0000

Putin tightens security after second Volgograd blast

A second suicide bombing in as many days in the Russian city of Volgograd has killed at least 14 people, injured dozens more and shredded Kremlin claims to have security under control in a region that will host the winter Olympics in less than six weeks. President Vladimir Putin ordered a secu...
2013-12-30 19:18:16 +0000