Explains: Russia’s conflict with Ukraine

Europe 11/26/18, 08:53

Russian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait near the Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula, raising the prospect of a full-scale military confrontation between the two neighbors. The incident comes on the back of a four-and-a-half year long proxy conflict in eastern Ukraine.A look at the roots ...

Ukraine mulls martial law after Russia fires on vessels

World 11/26/18, 02:19

The Ukrainian parliament is set to consider a presidential request for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine following an incident in which Russian coast guard ships fired on Ukrainian navy vessels.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko leads the National Security and Defence Council meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. ...

Update: Ukraine: Russia opens fire on Ukrainian vessels

Europe 11/25/18, 14:33

The Latest on Russian-Ukrainian naval tensions near Crimea (all times local):10:25 p.m.The Ukrainian navy says that a Russian ship has opened fire on Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea following a tense standoff off the coast of the Crimean Peninsula.The Ukrainian navy said in a statement posted on Facebook ...

Russia blocks passage in Kerch Strait after Ukraine incident

World 11/25/18, 10:54

Russia has blocked passage through the Kerch Strait, a narrow body of water nestled between Crimea and the Russian mainland, after three Ukrainian navy ships made what the Russian coast guard has called an unauthorized crossing through Russian territorial waters.The move comes after months of growing tensions between Ukraine and ...

Czechs rally against PM on Velvet Revolution anniversary

Europe 11/17/18, 10:56

Thousands of Czechs have used the anniversary of their country's 1989 anti-communist Velvet Revolution to rally against Prime Minister Andrej Babis.The protesters gathered Saturday afternoon in front of Prague Castle, the seat of the Czech presidency. They set off on a march to the city's Old Town Square, demanding the ...

Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov wins EU rights award

Europe 10/25/18, 02:12

The European Union on Thursday awarded its top human rights prize to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Russia accused of plotting acts of terrorism, calling him a symbol of all political prisoners being held there.Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiring to commit ...

Update: Crimea hunts possible school attack accomplice

Europe 10/18/18, 05:37

The Latest on the Crimea school attack (all times local):12:25 p.m.The local leader of the Crimean Peninsula says that authorities are looking for a possible accomplice in the shooting and bomb attack at a vocational school that killed 20 people and wounded dozens of others.Authorities had previously said that it ...

10 of the wounded in Crimea shooting to be flown to Russia

Europe 10/18/18, 03:28

Russia's health minister says at least 10 of the wounded in a shooting by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russia.A policeman stands guard near a vocational college in Kerch, Crimea, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. An 18-year-old student strode into his vocational ...

Reports: 10 feared dead in gas explosion at Crimean college

Europe 10/17/18, 06:10

Russian news agencies say that up to 10 people may have been killed and at least 40 others wounded by a natural gas explosion at a college in Crimea.The gas canister explosion is said to have occurred Wednesday at the vocational college in the city of Kerch in eastern Crimea, ...

Russia: 13 dead, 50 wounded in Crimea explosion

Europe 10/17/18, 02:55

The Latest on the deadly explosion at a college in Crimea (all times local):2:55 p.m.Russia's top investigative agency says an explosive device rigged with metal fragments has killed 13 people at a college in Crimea.The Russian Investigative Committee's spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko, said the device went off Wednesday in the canteen ...

India has signed a $5B billion deal to buy Russian S-400s

Europe 10/05/18, 06:00

India has signed a $5 billion deal to buy a Russian S-400 air defense system despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the deal in New Delhi on Friday and ...

Jailed film director stops hunger strike after 144 days

Europe 10/05/18, 05:01

Russian authorities say an imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker has stopped a hunger strike that lasted 144 days.Oleg Sentsov opposed Russia's annexation of his native Crimea in 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. Sentsov denied the charged and called his ...

India, Russia likely to sign arms deal during Putin’s visit

Europe 10/04/18, 06:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit during which India is expected to sign a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a new U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.Putin and Indian ...

Vladimir Putin’s annual calendars come out, reaction mixed

Europe 09/28/18, 13:05

What will it be this year? Vladimir Putin without a shirt astride a horse? Putin posing for a selfie with two jubilant brides? Or Putin cuddled up with a baby leopard?This year, Russians have been given a full range of choice in newly-published annual calendars featuring the Russian leader. Some ...

Ukraine pushes ahead with plans to secure NATO membership

Europe 09/20/18, 07:25

Ukraine's president says the country needs to amend its constitution to make NATO membership its long-term goal.President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday that Ukrainians are finally convinced of the benefits of the alliance with NATO and said the Ukrainian army will meet the criteria for NATO membership by 2020.Ukraine abruptly changed ...

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