Pro-Russian activists prepare to block a planned campaigning visit by presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on April 22, 2014

Ukraine relaunches anti-rebel operation after Biden leaves

Ukraine relaunched military operations against pro-Kremlin separatists, hours after US Vice President Joe Biden ended a two-day visit to Kiev in which he warned Russia over its actions in the former Soviet repu…

  • AFP - 13 hours agoUS troops head to Poland, Baltics to …

    The United States is deploying 600 troops to Poland and the Baltics to highlight its commitment to NATO allies amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, officials said Tuesday. More »

  • IB Times - 14 hours agoRussia Defiant Over Sanctions: PM says …

    Russia's Prime Minister shrugged off the threat of further economic sanctions against Moscow on Tuesday and said the country could minimize their impact. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Russian parliament that further sanctions would provide an opportunity for Russia to expand in other markets and reduce its dependency on imports. The United States and the European Union have imposed asset freezes and travel bans on a number of individuals with close ties to the Kremlin after Russia annexed the Crimea region in a disputed referendum. Washington has spoken about the prospect of imposing deeper sanctions "within days" if Russia fails to make moves to implement the Geneva agreement reached on Thursday. More »

  • IB Times - 14 hours agoRussia Bans Crimean Tatar Leader Mustafa …

    A senior leader of Crimea's Tatar community has been reportedly banned from returning to the Black Sea peninsula following its annexation by Russia. The Crimean Tatar assembly said Mustafa Dzhemilev was given notice forbidding him from entering Russian territory, including Crimea, for five years. The Crimean Tatar assembly, or Mejlis, said Dzhemilev was handed the notice by officials as he crossed the border back into Ukraine after spending a weekend in Crimea. Some 250,000 Turkic-speaking Muslim Tatars live in Crimea, making up about 12% of the population. More »

  • AFP - 15 hours agoUkraine president relaunches military …

    Ukraine's acting president on Tuesday ordered the military to resume an operation against pro-Kremlin separatists, after the "brutally tortured" bodies of two people, one a kidnapped local councillor, were discovered in the restive east. More »

  • IB Times - 16 hours agoUkraine Crisis Keeps Oil Prices Hig …

    Oil prices dropped a little on Tuesday but losses were limited by ongoing unease over the situation in Ukraine. West Texas Intermediate for May delivery slipped 29 cents to $104.8 a barrel, while Brent Crude shed 51 cents to stand at $109.44 per barrel in afternoon deals. Oil prices are likely to remain high unless the Ukraine crisis de-escalates. However there's little sign of either side working to implement the Geneva agreement reached on Thursday, as armed pro-Russian militias continue to occupy government buildings in Ukraine's east. More »

  • IB Times - 17 hours agoUkraine Crisis: Sweden Eyes Military …

    Sweden's government has announced plans to significantly boost defence spending in the face of Russia's recent aggression in the region if it wins the election. The centre-right coalition said it would pump more money into increasing its military presence in the Baltic Sea and buying more fighter jets and submarines. They said they had previously welcomed Russia's increased integration into the world economy but felt the tide had begun to turn. "What we are seeing now is that Russia's actions confirm and exceed the fears we had then," they said. More »

  • IB Times - 19 hours agoUS Promises $50m Aid Package to Ukraine …

    The United States has tabled a $50m aid package for Kiev's embattled government to help with political and economic reform, the White House said on Tuesday. During the high-profile visit, Biden vowed to assist Ukraine in dealing with the "humiliating threats" and urged the country's leaders to fight corruption. In a meeting at Kiev's parliament building, Biden told Ukraine's interim leaders that they must fight the "cancer" of endemic corruption and said that May's presidential elections could act as a springboard to building a strong, independent country. "The opportunity to generate a united Ukraine and getting it right is within your grasp. More »