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Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

Aug 29, 2014

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war. Petro Poroshenko told a meeting of security chiefs that the situation was "extraordinarily difficult ... but controllable" after Russian-backed rebels seized the town of Novoazovsk in the south-east of the former Soviet republic #border #Russia #European Union #President #Ukraine #european #city #united #fighting #Donetsk #separatists #from-the-border
Pro-Russian rebels seize strategic town in Ukraine's southeast

Aug 28, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels seize strategic town in Ukraine's southeast

The new southeastern front raised fears that the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
EU struggles with gender equity with a dearth of women for top jobs

Aug 28, 2014

EU struggles with gender equity with a dearth of women for top jobs

There were nine women on the outgoing team of 28 and with the days ticking down to Saturday's summit only five of the 28 nations have committed a woman as their designated Commissioner. #NewsTracker #Angela Merkel #European Union #EU #Women #Gender equality
NATO moves on borders to be considered in new military plan Russia

Aug 28, 2014

NATO moves on borders to be considered in new military plan Russia

NATO has taken a series of steps to reinforce its military presence in eastern Europe since the crisis began in Ukraine, which is fighting a pro-Russian insurgency. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
Putin pushes for truce as talks with Ukraine end without breakthrough

Aug 27, 2014

Putin pushes for truce as talks with Ukraine end without breakthrough

Following meetings between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that included a one-on-one session that stretched into the night, there was no indication of a quick end to the fighting that has engulfed eastern Ukraine. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
Ukraine Radical nationalists group detain two journalists

Aug 26, 2014

Ukraine Radical nationalists group detain two journalists

The weekly's editor Maria Volkonskaya told AFP that the journalists had not been heard from since Sunday evening, when Korolyova phoned a friend to say they had been detained. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #right-sector #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
Battle opens with shelling at new front in southeast Ukraine

Aug 26, 2014

Battle opens with shelling at new front in southeast Ukraine

The shelling came on the same day that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Minsk, Belarus. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
Ukraine, Russia hold talks after both sides capture soldiers

Aug 26, 2014

Ukraine, Russia hold talks after both sides capture soldiers

Kiev ratcheted up tensions by announcing hours ahead of the talks it had captured 10 Russian soldiers on its territory, while Washington accused Moscow of escalating the conflict with repeat military incursions. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
Ukraine's president dissolves parliament, calls for early polls

Aug 26, 2014

Ukraine's president dissolves parliament, calls for early polls

Many are hopeful of the summit on Tuesday in Minsk that includes both Poroshenko and Putin, and could be aimed at pressuring Ukraine into seeking a negotiated end to the conflict. #White House #US #NewsTracker #Russia #European Union #Sanctions #Ukraine #Eastern Europe #Petro Poroshenko #2014 Crimean crisis #MH17 #US-Russia relations #Western Democracy
France President Francois Hollande dissolves govt amid feud

Aug 26, 2014

France President Francois Hollande dissolves govt amid feud

France has had effectively no economic growth this year and Hollande's approval ratings are in the teens. #France #NewsTracker #European Union #Economic growth #Arnaud Montebourg #Manuel Valls #Francis Hollande