"?> Worldwide News Ukraine – Ukraine in the News http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/ en Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4342 The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said. But the proposal has not yet been debated in the White House, a senior administration official said. It is unclear whether President Obama, who has already approved limited intelligence sharing with Ukraine, will agree to give more precise information about potential military targets, a step that would involve the United States more deeply in the conflict... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:50:40 +0200 Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine Needs the U.S. to Respond to Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4341 When 298 innocent people were shot out of the sky by a Russian missile 10 days ago, people everywhere finally began to understand what is at stake in Ukraine. Half a year ago, I was not even considering becoming president of Ukraine. But like a great many Ukrainians at the time, I was disturbed that then-president Viktor Yanukovych constrained Ukraine’s future by rejecting an association agreement with the European Union, choosing a customs union with Moscow instead. Like so many of my countrymen, I believed that for Ukraine to become a modern and successful country, it needed to expand its ties with the West and end widespread corruption and abuses of power… Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:47:04 +0200 EU Sends Advisers to Help Ukraine Bring Law and Order to Rebel Areas http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4340 The EU has parachuted a team of security advisers into Kiev to assist the Ukrainian government in imposing the rule of law in rebel districts, in a provocative move likely to further inflame relations with Moscow. Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, agreed last week to requests from the Ukrainian authorities for urgent help in bolstering the country’s security services. An initial £2m is being provided by the EU to fund the unarmed advisers, but further money is expected to be committed as the conflict between the government and pro-Russian dissidents continues after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17… Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:40:35 +0200 Ukraine Crisis Is Testing E. U.’s Resolve http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4335 BRUSSELS — As it pushed efforts to coalesce around tougher sanctions against Russia, the European Union on Thursday was preparing to draw up lists of oligarchs close to President Vladimir V. Putin, working out how it could limit Russian access to European financial markets and studying the risk that Russia would respond by limiting Europe’s energy supplies. But hanging over the talks was a bigger question: Can the 28-member bloc reconcile competing national interests, directly confront a conflict on its own borders and prove that it has a meaningful and united role to play in foreign policy?.. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:38 +0200 If the West Doesn’t Do More for Ukraine Now, It Might Soon Be Too Late http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4334 VLADIMIR PUTIN has responded to the international outrage over the destruction of a Malaysian airliner by his proxies in eastern Ukraine by escalating his aggression. According to U.S. officials, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons have continued to cross from Russia to Ukraine since the passenger jet was shot down. On Wednesday, two more Ukrainian military jets were hit by anti-aircraft missiles, which Ukrainian officials said had been fired from Russia. The State Department also said Thursday that Russian artillery was firing at Ukrainian positions from across the border... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:04:18 +0200 Russia Fired On Ukraine, U.S. Says http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4333 (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists. “We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Harf, speaking at a regular media briefing, cited intelligence reports, but said she could give no more information of what the reports were based on… Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:01:11 +0200 Australia Has Federal Police Ready to Enter Ukraine and Secure MH17 Site http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4332 Fifty Australian federal police have been deployed to London, ready to go into Ukraine if agreement is secured to send in an international team to secure the crash site for the investigation of flight MH17. Tony Abbott spoke to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, about the decision to deploy police for a multinational force to Ukraine… Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:43:33 +0200 The World Must Know Whose Weapon Destroyed a Passenger Plane http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4329 IN RECENT days there has been abundant evidence of Russia stepping up supplies of heavy weapons to rebels in eastern Ukraine, including advanced anti-aircraft systems. The Kiev government reported that two of its military aircraft were shot down in the past week, either by separatists, Russian planes or batteries operating from across the border. On Thursday came a greater tragedy: the destruction of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 295 people aboard. Ukrainian authorities charged that it had been struck by a missile fired by a Russian-made surface-to-air battery supplied to Moscow’s Ukrainian proxies... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +0200 The Re-invasion Of Ukraine: Putin’s Sense Of Timing http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4328 Having witnessed the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia, and spent last month in Ukraine, I can say one thing about Vladimir Putin without fear of contradiction: he cares about timing. When he’s up to no good, he loves a sleight-of-hand distraction in global headlines. In 2008, the Beijing summer Olympics served as cover. More recently, the Sochi Winter Olympics ended just three days before Russia marched into Crimea. Today, it’s the Palestinian-Israeli conflict... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:00:54 +0200 Fighting On http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4327 THE two presidents could not have offered a greater contrast. Announcing new sanctions against Russia on July 16th, America’s Barack Obama read a prepared statement and took no questions. Minutes later, Russia’s Vladimir Putin staged an off-the-cuff press conference in Brazil to assail the sanctions’ legitimacy. He let emotion take hold, reaching a crescendo during a riff about the “tears of mothers, widows and orphans” in Ukraine. The new sanctions come at a crucial juncture in Ukraine’s war. The death toll, both civilian and military, is rising as the fighting creeps into Donetsk and Luhansk, eastern Ukraine’s two biggest cities. Russia has not stopped its support for rebel forces, and has even ramped up equipment transfers following the fall of rebel-held Sloviansk two weeks ago… Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:54:11 +0200 Jet Attack Puts Putin in Corner; ‘This Isn’t His Plan A’ http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4326 President Vladimir Putin’s intransigence over Ukraine risks turning him into a global pariah should the blame for downing a Malaysian Air jet fall on pro-Russia rebels. The crash of the Boeing Co. (BA) 777, which had 298 people on board, followed by less than 24 hours the imposition of new sanctions against Russia that targeted major energy companies and banks. While the rebels denied accusations by the Ukrainian government that they shot down the flight, U.S. military and intelligence officials said the evidence so far indicates a Russian-made missile hit the plane… Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:48:04 +0200 World Leaders Match Anger With Calls for Inquiry Into Ukraine Plane Crash http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4325 Dismayed and angered by the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, European leaders cast about for some form of joint response to the tragedy on Friday but, beyond calls for an international inquiry they showed few signs of immediately following the United States in imposing harsher sanctions on Russia. With sentiments ranging from shock to fury, political leaders across the globe urged a rapid, independent and international effort to investigate the crash, which killed 298 people and provoked accusations and counter-accusations about who brought the plane down... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:43:04 +0200 War Comes to Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4324 Yesterday afternoon, by most accounts, pro-Russian separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. The attackers ostensibly thought that the Boeing 777 was a Ukrainian plane about to enter Russian airspace. Soon after the attack, Igor Girkin, the self-styled commander of the Donetsk People’s Army, bragged on his website that “We just shot down an AN-26 plane near Torez; it’s scattered somewhere around the Progress mine. We warned them not to fly in ‘our sky’.” Soon after, RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency, seconded Girkin’s claim... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:31:22 +0200 What’s Rong with Wrussia? http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4319 Everything, according to some. Many things, according to others. Nothing, according to many Russians. Back in 2004, two US academics, Andrei Shleifer and Daniel Treisman, wrote a controversial piece for Foreign Affairs in which they argued that statistics proved that Russia was a “normal country.” Since they focused on mostly economic parameters, such as GDP, income distribution, and the like, they had a point... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:09:27 +0200 Ukraine Says Plane Downed by Missile Probably Fired from Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4318 Ukraine said a powerful rocket probably fired from Russian territory downed a Ukrainian military cargo plane close to the border in a region where fighting with pro-Russia rebels has intensified. The allegation came a day after Moscow accused Ukrainian forces of hitting a Russian house on its side of the border with artillery fire, killing a Russian civilian. Russia’s Foreign Ministry warned of “irreversible consequences” for the Ukrainian government in Kiev, which has denied involvement. The exchange of accusations illustrates heightened tension between Moscow and Kiev as the conflict in Ukraine’s east grows increasingly bloody. After a lull, fighting has intensified in recent days between separatists and Ukrainian forces, who have been facing off since the spring… Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:03:00 +0200 Rebels Claim Shoot Down of Ukrainian Transport, 4 Crew Captured http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4317 Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have claimed responsibility for shooting down a Ukrainian military transport plane, and say four crew members have been taken prisoner. Russia’s Interfax news agency on Monday quoted separatists in the rebel-held city of Luhansk as saying the captives are in the border city of Krasnodon and undergoing interrogation. Details of the shootdown were not clear late Monday. Interfax quoted the Ukrainian Defense Ministry as saying eight people were aboard the aircraft, which was carrying food and drinking water to personnel at checkpoints in the war-scarred east... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:59:34 +0200 Bondarenko and Spotakova Named Athletes of the Month for June http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4316 European Athletics is pleased to announce that the Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko and Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic have been voted by the fans and media as European Athletes of the Month for June. Bondarenko, the reigning world high jump champion and 2013 European Athlete of the Year, equalled the European record held by Sweden’s Patrick Sjöberg and Russia’s Ivan Ukhov, by going over 2.42m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in New York on 14 June. This represents a great first step for the Ukrainian in his quest to break Cuban Javier Sotomayor’s world record of 2.45m and claim gold at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich this summer… Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:53:13 +0200 Contradictions Define Kremlin Apologists http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4311 According to the conventional wisdom, Vladimir Putin and his Western supporters propagate a uniform message throughout the world. At its most extreme, this view sees Russia as having a formidable propaganda machine that is running roughshod over the Western media and public. In fact, Putin and his supporters and apologists often disagree. One reason may be that the machine just isn’t as formidable as it’s made out to be. Another may be that the Kremlin’s supporters make mistakes when interpreting or anticipating the frequently contradictory or incomprehensible statements of the Delphic oracle that is Putin. A third may be that they have difficulties bridging the growing gap between reality and Putin’s oftentimes shifting views. The Putinite interpretation–one that I won’t even bother refuting–is that disagreement is the foundation of vigorous democracies such as Putin’s Russia… Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:43:20 +0200 In Ukraine, A Battle of Words and Images http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4302 As the conflict in Ukraine continues, another battle rages far from the front lines–a battle between Russian news sites and a group of Kiev-based journalists who say the sites are misusing, even fabricating, news photographs filed from Ukraine. In an effort to put a stop to what they see as fraud, the journalists–who are alumni and students at Kiev’s Mohyla School of Journalism – have launched Stopfake.org, a “fact-checking project, which aims to help people separate the truth from the lie in the media,” as the group’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Oleg Shankovskyi tells TIME… Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:07:42 +0200 Ukraine Advances, Putin Stays Silent http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4301 As Ukraine laid plans for a siege of pro-Russia separatists’ remaining bastions Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin faced a critical decision on whether to answer rebel pleas for military help–a move that could determine what he gains or loses following a monthslong conflict that has roiled global powers. Russia has encouraged and supported the separatists during their insurgency, but has been unusually quiet since the Ukrainian military forced them to retreat from their stronghold in Slovyansk on Saturday... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:04:24 +0200 French Open Day 2 http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4300 The Stade Aquatique Vichy Val d’Allier was packed for the second and final day of the action-packed French Open. The weather was better than it had been on Friday and the home team shone brightly. Four French athletes stood on the top rung of the podium today, and many more medaled in second and third place… Daryna Zevina of Ukraine led wire-to-wire in the women’s 100 back. She swam a very solid race with no one really challenging. Zevina finished in 1:00.94 ahead of Germany’s Lisa Graf(1:01.77) and Iceland’s Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir (1:02.15)… Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:51:49 +0200 War by Any Other Name http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4294 A “NON-LINEAR” war, explains Natan Dubovitsky, a writer, is how states are likely to fight each other in future—if they do not already. Individual regions or cities will form temporary coalitions, only to split apart in mid-fighting and find new allies. Each force has its own aims, and these too can be fluid. The war has many components, of which battle is only one element. “Most understood the war to be part of a process,” writes Mr Dubovitsky, and “not necessarily its most important part...” Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:10:03 +0200 Ukraine Parliament Gives Preliminary Nod to Emergency Energy Plans http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4296 Ukraine’s parliament gave preliminary approval on Friday to a draft law that would allow the Kiev government to exert tighter control over the energy sector in the face of dwindling natural gas supplies after Russia cut off exports last month. The parliament also approved, in a first reading, a bill that would allow consortiums with European or U.S. companies to operate Ukraine’s ageing gas distribution system and storage facilities... Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:21:28 +0200 Ukraine Appoints New Defence Officials http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4295 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko won his parliament’s approval to shake up the leadership of the armed forces as they struggle to end a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists. Parliament endorsed Colonel-General Valery Heletey as defence minister after hearing Poroshenko describe the 46-year-old as a man “who will work day and night for restoring the military capability of our armed forces”. He also named a new chief of the general staff… Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:14:49 +0200 Ukrainian President: Peace Depends on Putin’s Mood http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4287 Brussels, Belgium (CNN) – New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says peace is possible if Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the right mood. “Sometimes, the position of Mr. Putin is quite pragmatic, sometimes it is very emotional,” Poroshenko told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday in an exclusive interview, his first since taking over as Ukraine’s leader on June 7. “I just try to find out the time when he is more pragmatic than emotional.” He said negotiations with Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine would continue on Friday, the day his unilaterally declared cease-fire expires and the day that he also will sign a cooperation agreement with the European Union that sparked the crisis in his country... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:10:52 +0200 Ukraine, Moldova, And Georgia Sign EU Accords http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4286 Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova have signed key economic and political accords with the European Union in Brussels. Ukraine signed an agreement on closer economic ties with the EU, as did Moldova and Georgia, which also signed documents on closer political ties. The moves represent a big step toward the West and away from Russia for the three countries. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said that “future generations will remember this day.” He said the European Union now stands by the three countries “more than ever before…” Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:07:40 +0200 Ukraine Signs Trade Agreement With European Union http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4285 BRUSSELS – Seven months after Ukraine’s former president Viktor F. Yanukovych rejected a sweeping trade deal with the European Union and set off protests that drove him from power, Ukraine’s new leader on Friday concluded the pact, which Russia has bitterly opposed as a threat to its own economic and strategic interests in the former Soviet Union. The news agency Interfax in Moscow quoted Russia’s deputy foreign minister as warning that “serious consequences” would follow the signing of a deal that Moscow has long worked to derail... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:05:11 +0200 Ukraine Takes One Step Closer to EU http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4284 Six months ago, President Viktor Yanukovych scuppered Ukraine's association agreement with the European Union. His successor is about to sign it, taking Kyiv further away from Russia's influence. And so the circle closes. Nearly seven months ago, on November 28, 2013, then Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had the chance to write history. The European Union was ready to sign the association agreement at the summit for the European Partnership initiative in Vilnius... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:00:46 +0200 Ukrainian Lawyers Become Eligible to be Admitted as Solicitors of England and Wales http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4279 The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body for solicitors in England and Wales, today announced that it has recognised Ukraine as meeting the requirements to be a recognised jurisdiction of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme, whereby allowing Ukrainian qualified advocates to be admitted as solicitors of England and Wales upon passing the QLTS exam. The SRA confirmed that the decision was taken this morning in an email sent to the Ukrainian Institute in London.. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:11:46 +0200 What Does Chatbot Eugene Goostman’s Success on the Turing Test Mean? http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4277 I see lots of press today stating that the chatbot Eugene Goostman has "beaten the Turing test" -- the classic test of machine intelligence proposed by AI pioneer Alan Turing, which says (loosely) that if an AI program can fool people into thinking it's human, in a textual conversation context, then it should be assumed to have human-level general intelligence. Is this true? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:52:24 +0200 A Bot Named ‘Eugene Goostman’ Passes the Turing Test. .. Kind Of http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4276 A chatbot in the UK named “Eugene Goostman” managed to dupe a human judge into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy! (Oh no, we just said it was a chatbot! Now we’ve blown its cover!) That is to say, it may have passed the Turing Test, which asks whether a machine can convincingly imitate human intelligence to a degree that fools someone who looks at the conversation without knowing which participant was human... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:19:00 +0200 5 Steps Ukraine’s New Government Should Take http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4267 The next stage of the Ukrainian drama is poised to unfold like a movie, with the world looking on. That was the sense I had after observing firsthand a largely peaceful and successful election there as part of the National Democratic Institute delegation. The question now is what the title could be. The title could be “Egypt, the sequel,” in which case we can expect those who braved subzero temperatures and death-by-sniper in the Maidan to grow increasingly marginalized and disillusioned as yet another kleptocracy takes root. Or… Wed, 28 May 2014 14:59:18 +0200 Fighting in Ukraine Escalates as Militia Groups Flock to Donetsk http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4266 “Our president [Ramzan Kadyrov] gave the order. They called us and we came,” 33-year-old Zelimhan tells VICE News. The bearded fighter, a member of a unit known as the “Wild Division,” says he arrived a week ago with 34 Chechen men who volunteered to come and support their “brothers” in the People’s Republic of Donetsk. Russia and the authorities of the rebel republic have repeatedly denied allegations that foreign groups are crossing into Ukraine to fight alongside the rebels. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry has said that the country is under “undisguised aggression” from Moscow, which is “exporting foreign terrorism” to the country… Wed, 28 May 2014 14:51:02 +0200 Ukraine Says It Controls Donetsk Airport After Fighting Leaves Dozens Dead http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4265 Separatists in east Ukraine counted dozens of losses on Tuesday as the deadly toll of fierce clashes with Ukrainian government forces became clear. Representatives of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic said that they had lost around 50 fighters in Monday’s fight for control of Donetsk airport, while the Kiev-appointed mayor of Donetsk, Oleksandr Lukyanchenko, said that there were around 40 dead, including two civilians. He claimed that many of the dead were Russian citizens… Wed, 28 May 2014 14:43:54 +0200 Ukraine’s Election: Vote Late, Vote Seldom http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4257 Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire who made his fortune from chocolates, is so far ahead in the polls that he may win Ukraine’s presidency on May 25th without a run-off. If he becomes the first elected official since the flight of Viktor Yanukovych on February 21st, his hardest task will be to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine. But few easterners, whether pro- or anti-Ukraine, will vote for him... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:12:51 +0200 What To Watch for in Ukraine’s Elections http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4256 Ukraine goes to the polls on May 25 against a backdrop of unprecedented uncertainty. Picture what the voters have seen this year: first, a democratically elected government overthrown in a popular uprising; then, the annexation of part of their country, the Crimea, by Russia; next, incursions by Russian or pro-Russian fighters into other areas of the country; and finally, yesterday, the deaths of 16 people in renewed violence... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:07:38 +0200 Pro-Russian Rebels Kill 16 at Ukraine Army Checkpoint in Heavy Blow to Kyiv http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4255 Assault on government troops leads to highest death toll in single incident since separatist rebellion began. Ukraine’s army suffered its heaviest losses since the start of the conflict in the east when pro-Russian rebels killed at least 16 soldiers in Donetsk region. The assault on Thursday is another setback for the new government in Kiev, which is trying to secure the area before a presidential election on Sunday... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:03:17 +0200 Cannes Review: The Tribe http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4254 Featuring an entirely deaf-mute cast, this nightmarish school-set tale packs a thrilling, uncompromising punch. With all the red carpets and pink wine, gala dinners and photo ops, its easy to forget why you go to Cannes. It takes a film like the Ukrainian drama The Tribe to jolt you back down to earth and to neatly encapsulate the festival’s real raison d’être: to discover and celebrate the most exciting, daring and outstanding films made around the world... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:57:55 +0200 ’The Tribe’ (‘Plemya’): Cannes Review http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4253 Ukrainian writer-director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s prize-winning feature debut must surely be the first movie about teenage gangs to feature a cast entirely composed of deaf sign-language users. There have been countless films over the years about teenage gangs, their rites, rituals and violent codes of ethics, but Ukrainian-made and set The Tribe must surely be the first one featuring a cast entirely composed of deaf sign-language users. The story of writer-director MyroslavSlaboshpytskiy‘s feature debut follows a familiar parabolic path, as it tracks an outsider who becomes major player... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:47:28 +0200 EU Sees Two More Rounds of Talks on Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4244 The European Union will aim to resolve a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices by June 1 with two more rounds of talks planned for next week, Europe's Energy Commissioner said on Monday. Guenther Oettinger, due to meet Russia's energy minister and the head of Gazprom (GAZP.MM) in Berlin on Monday to set a date for further talks with Kiev on the dispute, said he would try to negotiate a price that lay between the two sides' demands. "We have a timeframe that ends on June 1. We want to do all we can in two rounds of talks next week to clear up the open questions," Oettinger told Germany's ARD television… Mon, 19 May 2014 14:15:31 +0200 Ukraine: Crimea's Tatars Mark 70th Anniversary of Soviet-Era Deportations http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4243 Defying a ban by their new Russian-backed rulers, thousands of Crimean Tatars gathered at a mosque on Sunday to commemorate the day 70 years ago that the mass deportation of their families began under the orders of the Soviet leader Josef Stalin. Crimea's Muslim Tatars are among the most vociferous opponents of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and have condemned as "inhuman" the temporary ban on mass gatherings, which was issued days before the symbolic date in the minority group's history… Mon, 19 May 2014 14:02:50 +0200 America Could Hold Answer to Putin’s Pipeline Pinch on Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4237 America’s booming natural gas production could help Ukraine keep the heat and lights on amid Russia’s latest threat to cut off supplies, if the U.S. cuts through troublesome red tape, lawmakers said. Russian President Vladimir Putin said state-run Gazprom will only deliver gas to cash-strapped Ukraine if it is paid in advance. U.S. lawmakers blasted the threat from Putin, who is backing an uprising by ethnic Russians in Ukraine, and said the U.S. must act quickly to keep Ukraine supplied. The U.S. has port facilities that turn natural gas into liquid for export and more are under construction, but shipping to any country not bound by a free trade agreement with the U.S. requires a federal permit. Since 2011, DOE has approved six applications for permits to export natural gas to non-free trade agreement nations, but Ukraine is not one of them… Fri, 16 May 2014 09:35:32 +0200 Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4236 Thousands of steelworkers fanned out on Thursday through the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and banishing the pro-Kremlin militants who until recently had seemed to be consolidating their grip on power, dealing a setback to Russia and possibly reversing the momentum in eastern Ukraine. By late Thursday, miners and steelworkers had deployed in at least five cities, including the regional capital, Donetsk. They had not, however, become the dominant force there that they were in Mariupol... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:32:20 +0200 Steelworkers Rout Separatists in City of Mariupol, Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4235 In what could represent a decisive turning point in the Ukrainian conflict and a setback for Russia, thousands of steelworkers fanned out Thursday over the city of Mariupol, establishing control over the streets and routing the pro-Kremlin militants who seized control several weeks ago. By late Thursday, miners and steelworkers had deployed in at least five cities, including the regional capital, Donetsk, though they had not yet become the dominant force there that they are in Mariupol, the region’s second largest city and the site just last week of bloody confrontations between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militants… Fri, 16 May 2014 09:26:47 +0200 U.S. Releases Satellite Images of Russian Rorces Near Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4229 The U.S. government released new satellite pictures on Tuesday which it said showed Russian forces were still near the Ukrainian border in recent days, contradicting Russian assertions they had been withdrawn. President Vladimir Putin announced last Wednesday that the troops had moved, but NATO and the United States both said they had seen no sign of a Russian withdrawal from the frontier… Wed, 14 May 2014 10:47:26 +0200 Separatists Ambush Ukrainian Troops; German Foreign Minister Seeks Talks in Kyiv http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4228 Pro-Russian separatists ambushed a convoy of Ukrainian troops Tuesday in the troubled eastern part of the country, as Germany’s foreign minister sought to jump-start talks between the Kiev government and the separatists as part of a European bid to resolve the crisis. The German delegation’s arrival signaled that efforts to find a diplomatic solution may be gaining pace amid concerns that the region could irrevocably slip out of the control of the Ukrainian government or descend further into violence… Wed, 14 May 2014 10:45:15 +0200 Ukraine vs Russia: A mafia State’s Cover-Up? http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4227 It’s not yet quite as bad as the battle of Vukovar, but the armed conflict in Ukraine is looking increasingly similar to the war in Croatia fought in 1991. One by one, Russia is trying to chip off the predominantly Russophone southeastern parts of Ukraine either through direct annexation, as in the case of Crimea, or by setting up puppet regimes akin to the one the Serbs established in eastern Croatia during the war. The latter scenario appears to be implemented in the coal-rich region of Donbass, where on May 11 Russia-backed militants conducted a vote on either independence or autonomy from Ukraine (depending on how you interpret the vaguely worded question people had to answer)… Wed, 14 May 2014 10:42:21 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: ‘Eight Killed’ in Ambush in East http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4226 Seven Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the eastern Donetsk region, reports say. A unit was attacked near the town of Kramatorsk by about 30 heavily-armed rebels, the defence ministry said. One rebel is also said to have died. Correspondents say this is the most serious loss of life for the government in its operation against separatists. Donetsk is one of two regions declared separate from Ukraine after referendums deemed illegal by Kiev, the US and EU… Wed, 14 May 2014 10:39:01 +0200 The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4225 The pluralist revolution in Ukraine came as a shocking defeat to Moscow, and Moscow has delivered in return an assault on European history. Even as Europeans follow with alarm or fascination the spread of Russian special forces from Crimea through Donetsk and Luhansk, Vladimir Putin’s propagandists seek to draw Europeans into an alternative reality, an account of history rather different from what most Ukrainians think, or indeed what the evidence can bear. Ukraine has never existed in history, goes the claim, or if it has, only as part of a Russian empire. Ukrainians do not exist as a people; at most they are Little Russians… Wed, 14 May 2014 10:33:11 +0200 Russia Invading Ukraine in ‘Slow Motion,’ Harper Says http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4210 Prime Minister Stephen Harper accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of mounting a “slow-motion” invasion of Ukraine as NATO’s supreme commander warned that the international community’s military posture needs to strike the balance between resolve and not appearing provocative. Harper’s latest broadside against the Russian leader came Monday in Ottawa at the start of talks with U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove, the western alliance’s operational commander in Europe… Tue, 06 May 2014 09:46:36 +0200 Ukraine Helicopter Downed as Fighting Resumes in Troubled East http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4209 Pro-Russian insurgents shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter as heavy fighting re-erupted around a key rebel stronghold Monday, leaving at least eight people dead and dozens wounded. The fierce fighting in Slovyansk, a separatist stronghold, broke out as the Ukrainian government sought to regain control of the key Black Sea port of Odessa, dispatching a special police unit to that city after deadly clashes there between rival mobs supporting Ukraine and Russia… Tue, 06 May 2014 09:42:24 +0200 Putin’s Human Rights Council Accidentally Posts Real Crimean Election Results; Only 15 percent Voted for Annexation http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4208 The website of the “President of Russia’s Council on Civil Society and Human Rights” posted a blog that was quickly taken down as if it were toxic radioactive waste. According to the Council’s report about the March referendum to annex Crimea, the turnout was a maximum 30 percent. And of these, only half voted for annexation – meaning only 15 percent of Crimean citizens voted for annexation. The fate of Crimea, therefore, was decided by the 15 percent of Crimeans, who voted in favor of unification with Russia (under the watchful eye of Kalashnikov-toting soldiers)… Tue, 06 May 2014 09:38:44 +0200 EU Escalates Response to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4200 The European Union is levying sanctions against Valery Gerasimov, chief of staff of Russia's Armed Forces, as part of an escalating response to the country's threats and incursions against Ukraine. Mr. Gerasimov is one of 15 individuals the EU announced Tuesday it was adding to a list of Russian leaders and pro-Russian Ukrainian figures facing punitive measures for helping violate Ukraine's territorial integrity. This brings to 48 the number of individuals facing EU travel bans and asset freezes… Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:14:19 +0200 Here’s How Obama’s Russia Sanctions Will Destroy Vladimir Putin http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4195 The US Treasury Department announced further sanctions today on seven Russian officials and 17 Russian companies, including Igor Sechin, the head of Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil company, several financial institutions and a number of firms connected to the energy sector. These will include visa bans, asset freezes and further restrictions on trade... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:47:07 +0200 U.S. Slaps New Sanctions on Russian Business, Government Leaders http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4201 The new blacklist, the fourth since Russia took control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, has 24 individuals and companies with ties to Vladimir Putin.Trying to drive a wedge between Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs who support him, the Obama administration slapped sanctions Monday on another two dozen Russian financiers, government officials and companies in an effort to pressure the Russian president to back down in Ukraine… Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:18:20 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Canada Imposes More Sanctions on Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4199 Canada has released the names of the two Russian companies and nine individuals it is imposing economic sanctions and travel bans on, following a move by the United States earlier today to step up economic pressure on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. Canada is imposing economic sanctions on ExpoBank and RosEnergoBank and the following nine Russian individuals: Vyaecheslav Volodin, first deputy chief, Presidential administration Dmitry Kozak, deputy premier, head of Crimean economy… Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:09:56 +0200 Pro-Russian Forces in Ukraine Free One of 8 Detainees http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4192 The self-appointed mayor of this breakaway city in eastern Ukraine on Sunday displayed eight detained members of a European military observer mission and later released one for health reasons, but otherwise refused to discuss conditions under which the others might go free beyond mentioning a possible prisoner exchange. In an afternoon of political theater, the de facto public authority here, Vyachislav Ponomaryov, had the detainees led into an auditorium by masked gunmen… Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:11:30 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: US and EU to Intensify Russia Sanctions http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4191 The US and EU are preparing to impose fresh sanctions against Russian individuals and companies. The move comes amid continuing action by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. Western nations accuse Moscow of supporting separatist gunmen who are occupying official buildings in cities across eastern Ukraine. The separatists continue to hold seven Western military observers who were seized last week in the region… Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:03:15 +0200 Ukraine Calls for Renewal of Anti-Terror Measures http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4182 Ukraine’s acting President called on law enforcement agencies to renew anti-terror measures across the country, citing the discovery of two tortured bodies near the city of Slaviansk. One of the victims was Vladimir Rybak, Oleksandr Turchynov said. Rybak, who recently went missing, was a member of the local parliament and belonged to the President’s political party. “The terrorists who basically have taken the entire Donetsk region hostage have crossed the line with torturing and killing Ukrainian patriots,” Turchynov said... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:25:08 +0200 Ukraine Alert as Politician Killed http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4181 Ukraine’s acting president has ordered the relaunch of military operations against pro-Russian militants in the east after two men, one a local politician, were “tortured to death”. Olexander Turchynov said the body of politician Vladimir Rybak was found near rebel-held Sloviansk. “The terrorists who effectively took the whole Donetsk region hostage have now gone too far,” he said. The move came as US Vice-President Joe Biden was visiting Ukraine… Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:22:18 +0200 US Warns Russia over Ukraine as Moscow Announces Military Exercises http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4180 The crisis in Ukraine deepened further overnight following the departure of the US vice-president, Joe Biden, from Kiev after a two-day visit. In a late-night phone call, the US secretary of state, John Kerry, told the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, of his “deep concern over the lack of positive Russian steps to de-escalate” the crisis in eastern Ukraine, a state department official said. Kerry also called on Russia to “tone down escalatory rhetoric”… Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:19:07 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Geneva Talks Produce Agreement on Defusing Conflict http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4179 The US, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have reached agreement on a series of immediate steps aimed at pulling eastern Ukraine back from the brink of war. The deal, clinched after a dramatic extended meeting in Geneva, calls for the disarming of all illegal groups. In the next few days they would have to vacate all the government buildings and public spaces they have occupied over the course of the crisis… Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:04:04 +0200 Obama’s Warning To Russia Over Ukraine Deal http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4178 Western leaders have reacted cautiously to an agreement reached with Russia over a plan to ease tensions in Ukraine. US President Barack Obama warned the West stood ready to impose further sanctions on Russia if no progress was made in de-escalating the continuing crisis… Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:44:45 +0200 Diplomats Reach Deal on Defusing Ukraine Crisis http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4177 GENEVA – Top diplomats on Thursday laid out a series of steps to tamp down violence and political unrest in Ukraine, even as Western officials publicly doubted Russia’s resolve to use its influence to help defuse the crisis in the former Soviet republic… Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:40:22 +0200 Ukraine and Russia to Begin Crisis Talks http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4176 Washington and Kyiv’s priorities at the talks include trying to get Russia to demobilise the militias, despite the fact that Moscow denies any links to them. Russia and Ukraine will sit down for high-stakes talks in Geneva on Thursday, seeking to ease the crisis in the former Soviet republic after the US warned Moscow it must make concessions or face fresh sanctions… Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:34:24 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Military Vehicles ‘Seized’ in Kramatorsk http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4175 Ukrainian troops have entered the eastern town of Kramatorsk a day after an operation began to recapture areas seized by anti-government separatists. But the Ukrainian defence ministry says six armoured personnel carriers were captured by pro-Russian militants. Other reports suggest the Ukrainian troops may have abandoned their vehicles or changed sides… Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:28:49 +0200 Ukraine Launches ‘Gradual’ Operation, Action Limited http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4174 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces launched a “special operation” on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited… Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:20:40 +0200 Ukrainian Troops Secure Airfield as Operations Against Pro-Russian Militants Begin http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4173 DONETSK, Ukraine – The Ukrainian military on Tuesday secured an airfield threatened by Russian sympathizers, signaling the start of a campaign to counter militants who have stormed official buildings in at least 10 eastern cities… Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:14:24 +0200 Ukrainian President Promises ‘Anti-Terrorist Operation’ After Shoot-Out in East http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4172 The U. N. Security Council called a Russia-requested emergency meeting to address the growing tensions in eastern Ukraine. NATO believes Russia has amassed up to 40,000 troops in more than 100 locations along its border with Ukraine. Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov promised in a televised address Sunday a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” in order to prevent “the repetition of the Crimean scenario” following the death of a Ukrainian security officer during a shoot-out in the country’s eastern region… Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:18:05 +0200 Ukraine Falters in Drive to Curb Unrest in East http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4171 KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s failure to enforce its own ultimatums and its appeal on Monday to the United Nations to send peacekeepers laid bare a grim reality for the shaky government in Kyiv, where political leaders and security forces have few reliable ways to confront Russian-backed separatists in the restive east… Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:09:37 +0200 US: Russia Orchestrating Ukraine Violence http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4170 Russia rejects US assertions to UN security council that takeovers in east Ukraine are similar to tactics in Crimea. The US has accused Russia of orchestrating ongoing separatist violence in Ukraine, as Kiev said it was preparing a “full-scale” operation against pro-Russian forces which have overrun municipalities in several eastern cities. The US representative, Samantha Power, told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday that the seizure of buildings in several of the country’s eastern cities mirrored Russia’s “invasion” of Crimea… Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:43 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Gunmen Seize Buildings in Eastern Towns, Kerry Talks with Lavrov http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4169 Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) – Pro-Russian gunmen seized buildings in eastern Ukraine, as new flashpoints developed in the ongoing crisis over the region’s future. As tensions rose, acting President Oleksandr Turchinov held an emergency National Defense and Security Council meeting Saturday evening in the capital Kiev, according to the President’s press office... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:23:22 +0200 Ukrainian Leader to Protesters: Surrender and You Won’t be Prosecuted http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4164 Kyiv (CNN) – Pro-Russian protesters who disarm and leave occupied buildings will not be prosecuted, Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Thursday. “In the case when people put down their weapons and free administrative buildings, we don’t need to approve laws about amnesty… Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:54:54 +0200 Putin: Ukraine Gas Debt Could Affect Europe http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4163 Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged European leaders to quickly help Ukraine settle its gas debt to Russia, or possibly face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies flowing though Ukrainian pipelines to the continent. Putin’s letter to 18 leaders, released on Thursday by the Kremlin, is part of Russia’s efforts to keep an upper hand over its struggling neighbour, which is teetering on the verge of financial ruin and is facing a pro-Russian separatist mutiny in the east, the Associated Press news agency reported… Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:51:47 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: We Will Take no Lessons from Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4162 The involvement of Russian-inspired separatists in the unrest, seizure of government buildings and brutal violence seen on the streets of Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk is evidence of the Kremlin’s attempt to repeat the Crimean scenario, but this time in Eastern Ukraine… Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:48:24 +0200 Putin Threatens to Make Ukraine Pay Ahead for Gas http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4161 MOSCOW – Russia’s President Vladimir Putin threatened Wednesday to start charging Ukraine in advance for vital gas supplies – a move that could sharply hurt his neighbor, which is already on the verge of bankruptcy. It was just the latest way Moscow is tightening the economic screws on Ukraine since its pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from power in February after months of street protests… Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:39:39 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Nato Warns Russia Against Further Intervention http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4160 Nato has warned Russia that further intervention in Ukraine would be a “historic mistake” with grave consequences. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Moscow must pull back troops it has massed on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine has regained control of one of the government buildings occupied by pro-Russian activists in the east of the country, in the city of Kharkiv… Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:32:56 +0200 Ukraine Raids Pro-Russian Separatists http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4159 Ukraine has launched an “anti-terrorist” operation in the southeastern city of Kharkiv and has arrested about 70 “separatists” for seizing the regional administration building, Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said. Avakov posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday: “An anti-terrorist operation has been launched. The city centre is blocked along with metro stations. Do not worry. Once we finish, we will open them again…” Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:24:13 +0200 Ukraine: President Calls Emergency Meeting over Protests http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4158 Ukraine’s acting president has called an emergency security meeting in response to pro-Russian protests in three eastern Ukrainian cities. Olexander Turchynov cancelled a visit to Lithuania to deal personally with the unfolding events, his office said… Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:08:30 +0200 Protesters Raise Russian Flag over Eastern Ukrainian City http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4157 (CNN) – Demonstrators stormed a provincial administration building in eastern Ukraine on Sunday and raised the Russian flag atop it, demanding the release of riot police accused of killing protesters in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, in February… Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:56:27 +0200 Kyiv Sees Russian Federalization Plans as Attempt to Destroy Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4156 KYIV, Ukraine – First, Russia took over a chunk of their country. Now, to the astonishment of many Ukrainians, Moscow is telling them how to run the rest of their nation. The lectures do not sit well here… Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:00:56 +0200 Ukraine Servicemen Leave Crimea, 8,000 Join Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4155 All the the Ukrainian servicemen stationed in Crimea were allowed to leave for mainland Ukraine but 8,000 military men stayed and applied for permission to join the Russian army, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in televised comments on Friday… Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:33:25 +0200 EU Must Be Ready with Russia Sanctions over Ukraine – Britain http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4154 (Reuters) – Britain urged its European Union partners on Friday to press ahead with preparing tough economic sanctions against Russia, saying large numbers of Russian forces remained on Ukraine’s eastern border and there had been only a “token” withdrawal… Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:21:45 +0200 Ukraine Authorities Accuse Yanukovych of Ordering Snipers to Open Fire on Protesters http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4151 Ukraine’s interim authorities accused the country’s ousted president of ordering snipers to open fire on protesters and getting help from Russian security agents to battle his own people – but their report Thursday provided no evidence directly linking him to the bloodbath in Kyiv. Acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov also charged that his predecessor employed gangs of killers, kidnappers and thugs to terrorize and undermine the opposition during Ukraine’s tumultuous winter of discontent... Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:37:36 +0200 Nasa Cuts Ties with Russia over Ukraine Crisis, Except for Space Station http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4146 After insisting that space relations would not be altered by earthly politics, Nasa on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia over the Ukraine crisis, except for the International Space Station. Nasa employees cannot travel to Russia or host visitors until further notice. They are also barred from emailing or holding teleconferences with their Russian counterparts because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to a memo sent to workers… Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:27:14 +0200 Ukraine Says It Will Hand More Power to Regions http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4143 Ukraine’s pro-Western government said it would seek to hand more power to the regions in an attempt to defuse pro-Russian unrest in parts of the country. But it stopped short of proposing a federal structure that has been pushed by Moscow. The government said Wednesday it had approved a plan that includes allowing regional governors to be elected rather than appointed by the president. “We expect that the draft changes to the Constitution, which has to renew the balance of powers and reflect the views of every region of Ukraine and every Ukrainian voter, will be finished in two weeks,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an investor conference in Kyiv... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:04:14 +0200 Further Russian Intervention in Ukraine Would Be ‘Historic Mistake’ – NATO http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4142 Further Russian intervention in Ukraine, following its annexation of Crimea, would be a “historic mistake” that would deepen Russia's international isolation, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday. “If Russia were to intervene further in Ukraine, I wouldn't hesitate to call it an historic mistake. That would lead to further international isolation of Russia. It would have far reaching consequences for the relations between Russia and... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:57:57 +0200 Russia Eases Military Pressure but Restates Ukraine Demands http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4138 Russia has recalled some forces from near Ukraine and its cabinet has paid a controversial visit to annexed Crimea as Germany’s finance minister compared Moscow’s actions to those of Adolf Hitler. Chancellor Angela Merkel played down Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments yesterday and discussed Ukraine with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who told her about the troop movements while reiterating his concerns about Ukraine and neighbouring Moldova... Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:19:41 +0200 Ukraine Crisis: Nato Meeting to Step Up Pressure on Russia http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4137 Nato foreign ministers are due to discuss ways to help Ukraine and reassure allies in Eastern Europe, at a meeting in Brussels. It is the first time ministers from the 28 member states have convened since Russia's takeover of Crimea caused a diplomatic crisis. Nato has bolstered annual air drills being held over Baltic countries later. On Monday, Russia ordered a partial withdrawal of its troops from the border with Ukraine. It is believed to have massed a force of several thousand soldiers there in recent days... Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:15:45 +0200 Russia Pulls Back From Ukraine but Maintains Hard Line in Dispute http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4144 Russia signaled Monday it would withdraw troops from Ukraine’s border, but a solution to the crisis remains elusive. Russia had massed by some counts 40,000 troops along the border, for what Moscow called training exercises. Russia signaled on Monday that it would withdraw an unspecified number of troops from its border with Ukraine. But the Kremlin continued to play hardball on Tuesday with Western powers seeking to defuse the crisis, and upped the ante in the confrontation considerably when the state energy company Gazprom announced it was hiking the price it charges Ukraine for natural gas… Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:07:36 +0200 Russian Prime Minister Angers Ukraine by Visiting Crimea http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4140 Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev flaunted Russia’s grip on Crimea by flying to the region and holding a government meeting there on Monday, angering Ukraine and defying Western demands to hand the peninsula back to Kyiv. But in a gesture that could ease tension in the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War, Russia pulled some troops back from near Ukraine’s eastern frontier – a move which the United States said would be a positive sign if it is confirmed as a withdrawal... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:42:24 +0200 Ukraine’s Darth Vader Bids to Lead Nation to the Dark Side http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4139 As Ukraine battles to stave off dark forces of its own, the Star Wars villain Darth Vader announced at the weekend he was running for president in a bid to restore glory to the downtrodden nation. The Sith lord, or at least an unnamed costumed protester often seen on Kiev’s Independence Square flanked by his loyal stormtroopers during the winter protests, has been chosen as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet party (UIP) which has become known for its theatrical public stunts… Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:35:03 +0200 US, Russia to Begin New Round of Talks over Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4133 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will open talks with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Paris Sunday in the latest attempt by Washington to defuse an ongoing conflict with Moscow over future of Ukraine. Kerry arrived in Paris from a refueling stop in Shannon, Ireland. He had been on his way to Washington from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when he decided to travel to Paris for the talks… Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:38:50 +0200 U.S. Seeks Detente with Russia over Ukraine with Kerry, Lavrov to Meet in Paris http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4132 SHANNON, Ireland – Hoping to defuse the diplomatic crisis with Russia over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Secretary of State John F. Kerry is to meet with his Russian counterpart this weekend, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday… Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:34:38 +0200 Ukraine Prepares for War http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4131 (CNN) – When Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu stated that the Russian troops along Ukraine’s borders were only conducting “training exercises” and have no “intention to cross Ukraine’s borders or to engage in any aggressive actions,” Ukrainians rolled their eyes… Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:29:07 +0200 Putin Calls Obama to Discuss Ukraine, White House Says http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4130 WASHINGTON – President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia reached out to President Obama on Friday to discuss ideas about how to peacefully resolve the international standoff over Ukraine, a surprise move by Moscow to pull back from the brink of an escalated confrontation that has put Europe and much of the world on edge… Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:24:56 +0200 Former Prime Minister Announces Candidacy for President of Ukraine http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4129 KYIV, Ukraine – Yulia V. Tymoshenko, the former prime minister, said Thursday that she would run for president in elections to be held in May. The announcement made it clear that after two and a half years in prison she intends to play an active role as Ukraine struggles with political upheaval, a severe financial crisis and menacing moves by Russia, which annexed the Crimean Peninsula a week ago, has massed troops along the eastern border and poses an enormous threat to this country’s gas supply. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:20:22 +0200 Ukraine Says 100,000 Russian Troops near Border http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4128 Washington (AFP) – Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine’s border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. “Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction… of Kharkiv, Donetsk, “Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine’s national security council, said via a webcast from Kyiv… Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:15:23 +0200 Western Governments See Continuing Russian Buildup on Ukraine Border http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4127 (Reuters) – U.S. and European security agencies estimate Russia has deployed military and militia units totaling more than 30,000 people along its border with eastern Ukraine, according to U.S. and European sources familiar with official reporting… Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:55:25 +0200 Ukraine Agrees to 50 percent Gas Price Hike Amid IMF Talks http://wnu-ukraine.com/publications/foreign-media-on-ukraine/?id=4126 Ukraine’s interim government says it will raise gas prices for domestic consumers by 50 percent in an effort to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid package. An official at Ukraine’s Naftogaz state energy company said the price rise would take effect on 1 May, and further rises would be scheduled until 2018… Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:45:42 +0200