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10th Mar 2014

Merkel warns Putin against ‘illegal’ actions in Ukraine

Angela Merkel has told Vladimir Putin that a referendum on Crimea would violate international law. The Crimean parliament’s decision to vote on joining the Russian Federation has only worsened the diplomatic stalemate. On Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President … Continued

7th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU and US start Russia sanctions, call Crimea referendum illegal

The EU and US have both announced preliminary steps against Russia over the situation in Crimea. Chancellor Angela Merkel said EU economic sanctions could follow within days unless Russia changes tack. The European Union announced that it would suspend talks … Continued

6th Mar 2014

Ukraine: EU freezes Yanukovych, Ukraine assets after only minimal progress in Paris

The European Union has said that it is freezing the assets of 18 people – including the deposed president, Viktor Yanukovych – suspected of misappropriating Ukrainian state funds. This precedes an EU leaders’ summit. The European Council on Thursday morning … Continued

5th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Merkel discusses Russian ‘off-ramp’ with Obama

President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken for around an hour about possible solutions to the Crimean standoff. Merkel’s foreign minister has said he sees a “small chance” of a political solution. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sought … Continued

4th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Ousting a democratically elected leader backed by West

  By Chandra Muzaffar If Ukraine is on the brink of a catastrophe, it is mainly because the present regime in Kiev and its supporters, backed by certain Western powers had violated a fundamental principle of democratic governance. They had … Continued

4th Mar 2014

Ukraine: Yanukovych asked Putin, military to restore ‘law and order’

Russia has displayed a letter at the UN Security Council, saying former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian military intervention. The US and UK called the maneuvers “a response to an imaginary threat.” Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin … Continued

3rd Mar 2014

Ukraine: NATO condemns “military escalation” in Crimea, urging peaceful resolution

By Shuai Rong BRUSSELS, (Xinhua): The NATO on Sunday condemned Russia’s “military escalation” in Crimea of southern Ukraine and expressed “grave concern” regarding the authorization by the Russian Parliament to use armed forces on the territory of Ukraine. “Military action … Continued

3rd Mar 2014

Ukraine: G7 condemns Russian military action in Crimea

  Leaders of the G7 industrial powers have condemned Russia’s military presence in the Crimea as a “clear” violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. The group has promised strong financial backing to the new government in Kyiv.  Symbolically calling themselves the ‘G7,’ … Continued

2nd Mar 2014

Ukraine crisis: US calls for Russia to pull back troops in Crimea

    US President Obama and Russian President Putin have discussed the Crimea crisis via telephone. Obama called for Russian forces to withdraw, while Putin said Moscow reserved the right to defend its interests in Ukraine.  President Barack Obama reportedly … Continued

1st Mar 2014

Ukraine: Crimea leader calls for Russian help to restore calm in the semi-autonomous region

    The newly appointed prime minister of Ukraine’s restive Crimea region has called on Russia to help restore calm. This came after he claimed to control all security forces in the region.   Sergei Aksenov, who was elected by … Continued

28th Feb 2014

Ukraine: Unidentified armed men at Crimea airports in Ukraine

Ukraine’s interior minister has said the Russian military are blocking an airport in Crimea’s Sevastopol calling it an “armed invasion.” Unidentified armed men have also been seen patrolling the Simferopol airport. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Friday that … Continued

26th Feb 2014

Ukraine: Russia and West seek to soothe Ukraine tension

Russian and Western diplomats have signaled a desire for calm as the dust settles from the fall of ex-President Viktor Yanukoych’s government. Efforts are also underway to help the country stave off imminent bankruptcy. As Ukraine’s interim government sought to … Continued

25th Feb 2014

Italy: PM Renzi clears first hurdle with Senate confidence vote

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has won a crucial confidence vote in Italy’s senate, where he faced the first tough test of his premiership. Renzi promised quick action to cut taxes and end Italy’s economic malaise. Backed by his center-left … Continued

25th Feb 2014

Ukraine: EU, Russia wrangle over Ukraine’s new government

Ukraine’s new opposition-dominated leadership has won recognition from the EU but Russian leaders continue to challenge its legitimacy. Freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko will seek medical treatment in Germany. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday told Western nations that … Continued

24th Feb 2014

Germany: NSA spying on Merkel aides

  A major newspaper in Germany claims that the US National Security Agency has switched to monitoring officials close to Chancellor Angela Merkel. They include Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.   US intelligence switched to spying on senior German officials … Continued

23rd Feb 2014

Ukraine: Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko addresses Kyiv crowd

Ukrainian opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko has addressed protesters in Kyiv, hours after her release from custody. President Viktor Yanukovych is reported to have been stopped from boarding a plane to Russia.  Yulia Tymoshenko arrived in Kyiv on Saturday evening after … Continued

22nd Feb 2014

Ukraine awaits protesters’ reaction to peace deal and agreement to free Tymokshenko

Protesters have held their ground in Kyiv overnight despite a breakthrough peace deal. Ukraine now awaits the outcome of the pact, which is to pave the way for political reform and the release of ex-premier Tymoshenko. Tens of thousands of … Continued

US vice president threatens Ukraine with additional sanctions, 75 killed
21st Feb 2014

US vice president threatens Ukraine with additional sanctions, 75 killed

The US has warned Kyiv that it is prepared to follow the EU’s lead and impose sanctions against Ukrainian officials in the wake of Thursday’s sniper killings. Crisis talks in Kyiv involving EU diplomats ran until dawn.  In a telephone … Continued

20th Feb 2014

Ukraine president agrees a ‘truce’ with opposition

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has announced a truce with opposition leaders and a start to negotiations to end further bloodshed. The statement came after a meeting with three anti-government leaders. After street violence which left at least 26 people dead, … Continued

19th Feb 2014

Iran meets with world powers in nuclear settlement talks

Six world powers and Iran began talks in Vienna on Tuesday in pursuit of a final settlement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear program in the coming months despite warnings from both sides that a deal may prove impossible. Expected to last … Continued

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