• Pro-Russian activists clash with police in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators in Donetsk have stormed the local prosecutor's office. The clash came after a march by several hundred people carrying flags of the Donetsk People's Republic, a movement that seeks either greater autonomy from the central government, or independence and possible annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Putin Wants Troops Out Of Ukraine’s East

    DONETSK, Ukraine  — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Ukraine should withdraw its military units from the eastern and southern regions of the country, where anti-government insurgents are seizing buildings, but hours later, Ukraine’s acting president ordered the military […]

  • Pro-Russian armed men stand at the entrance to the regional government headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, April 30, 2014. Hundreds of pro-Moscow separatists stormed government buildings in one of Ukraine's provincial capitals on Tuesday and opened fire on police holed up in a regional headquarters, a major escalation of their revolt despite new Western sanctions on Russia.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

    Ukraine’s Restive East Slipping From Government’s Grasp

    HORLIVKA, Ukraine – Pro-Moscow separatists seized government offices in more Ukrainian towns on Wednesday, in a further sign that authorities in Kiev are losing control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland bordering Russia.
    Gunmen who turned up at dawn took control […]

  • A pro-Russian gunman guards an entrance of the Regional Prosecutor's Office building they seized on Tuesday in Luhansk, one of the largest cities in eastern, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Pro-Russian gunmen have seized more administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine, further raising tensions in Ukraine's Russian-leaning regions shaken by separatist unrest. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Kiev: Forces ‘Helpless’ To Restore Order In East

    HORLIVKA, Ukraine  — Ukraine’s police and security forces are “helpless” to quell the unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia and in some cases are cooperating with the pro-Russia gunmen who have seized scores of buildings and taken people hostage, […]

  • Pro Russian masked armed men guard at the city hall in Kostyantynivka, 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, April 28, 2014, after masked militants with automatic weapons seized the hall building. Ukraine's acting government and the West have accused Russia of orchestrating the unrest, which they fear Moscow could use as a pretext for an invasion. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukraine Mayor Shot; U.S. Announces New Sanctions

    KIEV, Ukraine — The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city was shot in the back Monday and hundreds of men attacked a peaceful pro-Ukraine rally with batons, bricks and stun grenades, wounding dozens as tensions soared in Ukraine’s volatile east.
    One presidential […]

  • VIDEO: Television Tower in Ukraine Seized by Activists

    VIDEO: Television Tower in Ukraine Seized by Activists

    Several hundred pro-Russian activists stormed the broadcasting center in Donetsk and switched its signal to a pro-Kremlin channel. Image c/o: Roman Pilipey / European Press Photo Agency

  • VIDEO: Captive Ukraine Observers Paraded In Front Of Press

    VIDEO: Captive Ukraine Observers Paraded In Front Of Press

    Pro-Russian protesters in Slaviansk have captured eight OSCE observers, and are holding seven of them hostage in hopes of a prisoner exchange.

  • John Christensen, right, a senior Sgt. in the Danish army and his colleague, both members of a group of foreign military observers are escorted by a pro-Russian militant to attend a press conference in the city hall of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 27, 2014. As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Saturday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency. The German-led, eight-member team was traveling under the auspices of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe when they were detained Friday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Observers Held In Ukraine Speak Under Armed Guard

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine  — Eight European military observers held prisoner by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine were marched out under armed guard on Sunday to give public assurances that they weren’t being mistreated.
    Germany’s foreign minister condemned the appearance as “revolting” and […]

  • This undated photo provided by his family shows Dr. Jerry Umanos in Afghanistan. Umanos was one of three physicians killed Thursday, April 24, 2014, when an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Family Photo)

    Slain U.S. Doctor’s Colleague Recalls Kabul Attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan   It was midmorning at Cure International Hospital in Kabul when Dr. Jerry Umanos took a phone call. He told co-workers he had to meet some guests at the front gate and would be right back.
    Minutes later, Umanos […]

  • Ukrainian soldiers stand guard near the Kramatorsk airport in eastern Ukraine April 25, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

    Mediators Held In Ukraine As U.S. Readies New Russia Sanctions

    SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/MOSCOW – The United States said it was working with allies to impose tougher sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, where armed pro-Moscow separatists seized a bus carrying international mediators, escalating the two-month-old crisis.
    The separatist self-declared mayor […]

  • Ukrainian troops take position next to burning tires at a pro Russian checkpoint following an attack by Ukrainian troops outside in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a "punitive operation." (AP Photo/Mika Velikovskiy)

    Ukraine Moves Against Insurgents In The East

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Russia announced new military exercises Thursday involving ground and air forces near its border with Ukraine, swiftly responding to a Ukrainian operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country’s tumultuous east.
    The Ukrainian move, […]

  • Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard near a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 23, 2014. Ukraine's government relaunched a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups after an Easter pause on Wednesday and said it had the backing of the United States.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

    Russia Says It Will Respond If Ukraine Interests Attacked

    KIEV – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.
    Lavrov’s comments came a day after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden […]

  • In this Saturday, April 12, 2014 photo, Nelya Shtepa the mayor of SLovyansk walks outside a police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Shtepa’s fate highlights the anger, confusion and lawlessness that have gripped eastern Ukraine over the past week and a half as insurgents opposed to the country’s interim government seized police stations and government buildings. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    In Ukraine’s East, Mayor Held Hostage By Insurgent

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — When armed men seized the police station in this eastern Ukrainian city, mayor Nelya Shtepa declared she was on their side. She changed her story a few days later. Then she disappeared – the victim of an […]

  • A masked pro-Russian activist guard looks through a window of the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    Ukraine Insurgents Reject Call To Quit Buildings

    DONETSK, Ukraine  — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country’s interim government resigns.
    Denis […]

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media after an NATO Ambassadors Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. NATO says it's reinforcing its military presence on eastern border on sea, land and in the air. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    NATO Ups Military Presence Amid Russian Threat

    BRUSSELS  — NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, the alliance’s chief said Wednesday.
    Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the […]

  • Ukraine Launches ‘Special Operation’ Against Separatists

    Ukraine Launches ‘Special Operation’ Against Separatists

    KIEV/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine – Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a “special operation” against militiamen in the country’s Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.
    Gunfire could be heard from the airfield at the town of Kramatorsk […]

  • A pro-Russian gunman stands guard at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Pro-Moscow protesters have seized a number of government buildings in the east over the past week, undermining the authority of the interim government in the capital, Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukraine To Deploy Troops In Anti-Terror Operation

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine  — Ukraine is deploying troops in a “large-scale anti-terrorist operation” to resist attacks by armed pro-Russian forces, Ukraine’s President Oleksandr Turchynov said on Sunday in a televised address.
    The previous president, who fled to Russia after being ousted earlier […]

  • Masked pro-Russian activists pass by a barricade as they guard a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014.  Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers. Yatsenyuk Friday morning flew into Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists are occupying the regional administration building and calling for a referendum that could prefigure seeking annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Donetsk Republic: Ukraine’s One-Building Autonomy

    DONETSK, Ukraine  — To reach the People’s Republic of Donetsk, you need to pass a few club-wielding young men in masks, wind through a narrow corridor of sand-filled sacks and enter a gray office tower standing in the heart of […]

  • Pro-Russian activist wears a hand-made mask behind a barricade in front of the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, as the makings of an improved self-appointed government began to take shape, with demonstrators dug in for their third day at the 11-storey regional headquarters. Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday reasserted control over an administration building in the country’s second-largest city of Kharkiv, 250 Km ( 155 miles) north of Donetsk, which had been seized by pro-Russian protesters, and authorities detained some dozens. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Report: 60 Teople Taken Hostage In Eastern Ukraine

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s government struggled to stay in control of the country’s eastern regions as tensions flared Tuesday in three cities. While the government managed to recapture its regional headquarters and detain dozens of pro-Russian protesters in one […]

  • FILE - NATO Commander, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove.

    NATO Commander Warns Of Russian Threat To Separatist Moldova Region

    BRUSSELS/FEDOSIYA, Ukraine  – NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday Russia had built up a “very sizeable” force on its border with Ukraine and Moscow may have a region in another ex-Soviet republic, Moldova, in its sights after annexing Crimea.
    Russia […]

  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a parliamentary session in Ankara, on February 25, 2014 (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)

    Turkey Shoots Down Syrian Plane It Says Violated Air Space

    ISTANBUL – Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday which Turkey said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for control of a border crossing.
    “A […]

  • Colonel Yuly Mamchur, right, holds flowers as other Ukrainian airmen line up to greet their comrades who arrived to celebrate their wedding at the Belbek airbase outside Sevastopol, Crimea, on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Two young Lieutenants, medic Galina Volosyanchik and communication officer Ivan Benera got married today and arrived to their unit for a short celebration as Russian troops continue to occupy part of the airbase and demand surrender of Ukrainian airmen. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Ukraine Says Top Commander Held After Base Stormed

    KIEV, Ukraine  — Ukraine’s acting president says a top air force commander is being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces and is calling for his release.
    Col. Yuliy Mamchur is the commander of the Belbek Air […]

  • Ukrainian servicemen pile up their things after leaving the Ukrainian navy headquarters stormed by Crimean pro-Russian self-defense forces in Sevastopol, Crimea, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Crimea's self-defense forces on Wednesday stormed the Ukrainian navy headquarters in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, taking possession without resistance a day after Russia signed a treaty with local authorities to annex the region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

    Ukraine Bows To Crimea Seizure, Plans For Pullout

    SEVASTOPOL, Crimea  — Surrendering to Russia’s inexorable seizure of Crimea, Ukraine announced plans Wednesday for mass troop withdrawals from the strategic peninsula as Moscow-loyal forces seized control of Kiev’s naval headquarters here and detained its commander.
    Attempting to face down the […]

  • VIDEO: Venezuelan troops hold plaza

    VIDEO: Venezuelan troops hold plaza

    Venezuela’s national guard troops patrol a plaza they seized on Sunday from anti-government protesters who had made it a stronghold. Paul Chapman reports.

  • A pro-Ukrainian demonstrator attends a rally, in Simferopol, Ukraine, Saturday, March 15, 2014. Tensions are high in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, where a referendum is to be held Sunday on whether to split off from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Ukraine Says Russian Forces Move Outside Crimea

    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials […]

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front C), accompanied by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (front L), walks to watch military exercises upon his arrival at the Kirillovsky firing ground in the More...
Credit: REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

    Russian Markets Plunge As Putin Tightens Crimea Grip

    MOSCOW/PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine – Russia paid a heavy financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighboring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin’s forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
    The Moscow stock […]

  • Demonstrators against Russian military actions in Ukraine rally in Times Square, Sunday, March 2, 2014, in New York. 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 powers in June, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    U.S. Calls Any Threat To Ukraine Navy ‘Dangerous’

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Monday that any Russian threat to Ukraine’s navy would be a “dangerous escalation” of an extremely tense situation .
    The State Department said that Washington would hold Moscow directly accountable for such an escalation but […]


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