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Ukraine turmoil

No breakthrough as Ukraine peace talk parties meet in Minsk amid worsening crisis
All of the participants of the contact group on the Ukraine crisis – OSCE representatives, Kiev, Moscow, and the Donbass region – have met in Minsk. No new agreements have been reached, with the meeting ending in a blame game between Kiev and the rebels.

31.01.2015 13:23

Potential conscripts evade draft, flee country amid escalation in E. Ukraine
The most recent military draft in Ukraine has been described as “problematic” by Kiev's army spokesman. The recruitment effort, coming amid ever more intense fighting in the country’s east, sees a lack of enthusiasm on the part of potential soldiers.

31.01.2015 06:41

Ukraine chief of staff ‘thwarts Western allegations’ by admitting no combat with Russian troops
The Ukraine army’s chief of staff has admitted that Kiev troops are not engaged in combat with Russian units, thereby thwarting all Western allegations of Moscow's “military invasion,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

30.01.2015 20:21

Thousands of Ukrainian troops thought to be trapped in Donbass
Some 8,000 Ukrainian troops are believed to be surrounded near the village of Debaltsevo in Donbass, as militia units cut off the only road linking the pocket to Kiev-held territory. The servicemen have been offered the chance to surrender.

30.01.2015 12:55

'It’s business': Poland ready to sell weapons to Ukraine if Kiev has money
The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs has told local media that Warsaw was “open” to sell weapons to Ukraine, regarding it as sheer “business.” It comes as the situation in the east of Ukraine has significantly deteriorated in recent weeks.

30.01.2015 12:22

Poland to launch civilian military training in response to Ukrainian crisis
Poland plans to allow civilians to sign up for military training. With anti-Russian hysteria spreading like wildfire, Warsaw has rushed to step up its defense systems amid fears over the ongoing military conflict in neighboring eastern Ukraine.

30.01.2015 10:31

12 killed in shelling of humanitarian aid center, bus stop in Donetsk
At least 12 civilians were killed in Donetsk after Ukrainian troops shelled the city from a neutral zone north of the airport, the republic’s officials said. Kiev has blamed rebels, though, calling the attack an attempt to undermine the Minsk peace talks.

30.01.2015 12:24

Ukraine's Security Service detains Russian journalists in Kiev, deny entry for 5 years
Two Russian journalists working for Life News TV channel have been detained in Kiev by Ukraine’s Security Service, which says the crew will be expelled from the country and denied entry for five years.

30.01.2015 11:22

PACE has evolved into Western ‘ideological tool,’ no reason to stay – Moscow
After leaving the Parliamentary Assembly, which Russian officials believe has lost its credibility as a platform for mature and equal dialogue, Moscow will focus on other global forums and may even reconsider its membership to the Council of Europe.

30.01.2015 02:48