Eastern Ukraine

MINSK, Belarus | New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

MINSK, Belarus  — In his first liturgy as head of the newly christened Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Epiphanius called for Ukrainians to unite under the new church and pray for peace in Ukraine. Ukrainian bishops met Saturday and voted to approve a charter for the new church and elect a leader. Moscow has vigorously protested … Continue reading MINSK, Belarus | New Ukrainian Orthodox leader gives 1st liturgy, urges unity

BRUSSELS | EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension

BRUSSELS — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU’s top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month. Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and NATO since Russian border guards … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension

MOSCOW | Kremlin warns of flare-up of hostilities in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW — The Kremlin has warned that the martial law that will go into effect in parts of Ukraine on Wednesday might trigger renewed hostilities in the separatist-held east. The Ukrainian parliament on Monday adopted a motion by the president to impose martial law for 30 days, something that Ukraine avoided doing even when Russia … Continue reading MOSCOW | Kremlin warns of flare-up of hostilities in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW | Ukraine mulls martial law after Russia fires on vessels

MOSCOW — 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. Ukraine’s navy said six Ukrainian seamen were wounded when Russian coast guards opened fire on three Ukrainian ships near the Kerch … Continue reading MOSCOW | Ukraine mulls martial law after Russia fires on vessels

United States | Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern UkraineCondemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

United States – The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” These entities have no place within the Minsk agreements or within Ukraine’s … Continue reading United States | Condemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern UkraineCondemning Sham “Elections” in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

ISTANBUL | Ukraine’s president meets Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — Ukraine’s president has met the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, as some Ukrainian clerics prepare to break ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. President Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew I spoke in Istanbul on Saturday, weeks after the patriarchate’s Oct. 11 decision to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Russia in turn … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Ukraine’s president meets Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul

MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

MINSK, Belarus— The United Nations says the number of civilian casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past three months. Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Hostilities have subsided since both sides signed a truce in 2015 but sporadic fighting persists … Continue reading MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

MOSCOW | Ukraine separatists say leader killed in cafe bombing

MOSCOW  — A blast in a war-themed cafe in eastern Ukraine on Friday killed the most prominent leader of the Russia-backed separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces since 2014, rebel officials said. The death of Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic, underlined the dismal prospects for resolving the conflict that has … Continue reading MOSCOW | Ukraine separatists say leader killed in cafe bombing