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  • Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

    August 4, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

    The Russian air force said more than 100 aircraft, including fighter jets and...

  • Rebels likely downed Malaysian jet ‘by mistake,’ U.S. officials say

    July 22, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday they believe pro-Russian separatists likely shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 "by mistake."

    Last week's downing of the airliner, in which all 298 people aboard were killed, has sharply deepened the Ukrainian crisis, in which separatist gunmen in the Russian-speaking east have been fighting government forces since pro-Western protesters in Kiev forced out a pro-Moscow president and Russia annexed Crimea in March.

    Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Jason Szep and Peter Cooney

  • Crimean Jewish group says Ukrainian bank account emptied

    May 30, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    A Jewish organization from Crimea said its Ukrainian bank account had been emptied of funds following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.

    The disappearance of $3,157 from the account of the Jewish Ner Tamid association with Privatbank was reported Thursday by the ITAR-TASS news...

  • Divided eastern Ukraine city calm after battle, rebels seek Russian help

    May 28, 2014 | 9:47 am

    An uneasy calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday after the biggest battle of the pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, a conflict transformed by the landslide election of a pro-European leader who vowed to crush the revolt.

    Government forces killed...

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  • Putin seeks better ties with West but blasts U.S. over Ukraine

    May 23, 2014 | 8:48 am

    President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he wanted better ties with the West but fiercely criticized U.S. policy on Ukraine and the global economy – and acknowledged that sanctions were hurting Russia.

    In a speech to foreign and Russian businessmen gathered at Russia's answer to...

  • Putin marks Victory in Crimea as Ukraine violence flares

    May 9, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Moscow, proclaiming as he marked the Soviet victory in World War II that incorporating the former Ukrainian territory had made Russia stronger.

    In east Ukraine, where pro-Moscow rebels...

  • Political fever rises as Ukraine breaks apart

    May 2, 2014 | 9:34 am

    Cross the Crimean sparkling wine off the list. The lingerie from Luhansk and felt boots from Donetsk could be next.

    Financial journalist Yulia Sarotsyna spent a year living only off products made in Ukraine for a relentlessly upbeat blog to promote local brands. On the road for...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    April 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.

    Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the...

  • On Ukraine, Israel and Neocons not on same page

    April 16, 2014 | 2:47 pm

    When it comes to Ukraine, Israel is parting ways with some of its staunchest American allies, namely neoconservatives — and it’s not the first time.

    Israel’s reluctance to side too closely with the United States in its bid to isolate Russia is typical of an Israeli realpolitik...

  • U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

    April 8, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

    Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still occupying Ukrainian...

  • Russia and Ukraine at war — among the Jews anyway

    March 27, 2014 | 1:56 pm

    The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has pitted Jewish leaders from both countries against each other, touching off a discordant exchange between prominent rabbis on opposite sides of the border.

    The discord had been brewing since the onset of the protests in Ukraine in...

  • In Crimea, a Karaite community carries on, and welcomes Russia

    March 26, 2014 | 5:41 pm

    Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the strategically critical peninsula that dangles from Ukraine into the Black Sea, has drawn international condemnation.

    But for the leader of the All-Ukrainian Organization of Crimean Karaites — a group with an unusual heritage that draws from...

  • The real threat to Ukraine’s Jewish community

    March 26, 2014 | 10:27 am

    After years of fighting against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and later in an independent Ukraine, the Ukrainian Jewish community is now confronting a new threat. This threat comes from an unprecedented effort by the Russian government and others to paint a false impression of...

  • Obama hits closest Putin allies with sanctions over Crimea

    March 20, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

    The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into...

  • U.S. hopes Ukraine crisis won’t harm work with Russia on Iran

    March 14, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    The United States hopes the escalating crisis in Ukraine will not undermine cooperation with Russia to curb Iran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.

    Senior officials from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are due to...

  • Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

    March 11, 2014 | 2:18 pm

    Ukraine's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

    With their own troops in Crimea effectively prisoners in...

  • Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

    March 7, 2014 | 10:59 am

    President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow's military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

    After an hour-long telephone call, Putin said in a statement...

  • Obama warns on Crimea, orders sanctions over Russian moves in Ukraine

    March 6, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered sanctions on people responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets, and said a referendum by the region to join Russia would violate international law.

    ...
  • Merkel says planned referendum in Crimea ‘illegal’

    March 6, 2014 | 10:11 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a referendum announced by Crimea's parliament on Thursday on joining the Russian Federation was "illegal and incompatible with Ukraine's constitution."

    Speaking after an emergency meeting of European leaders in Brussels, Merkel said: "we...

  • Ukraine Jewish leaders criticize Putin in open letter

    March 5, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    A highly critical open letter to Vladimir Putin by leaders of Ukraine’s Jewish communities was published on the website of Ukraine’s Vaad yesterday.

    The Vaad of Ukraine was established in 1991. Based in Kiev, it is an umbrella group that says it supports “265 Jewish organizations...

  • Will Russia pay dearly for the invasion of Ukraine?

    March 5, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intention is to spark a civil war in Ukraine, even though he acts under the guise of Russia’s right to protect ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking Ukrainian citizens.  The Upper House of Russian Parliament gave Putin authority to move the armed...

  • 7 answers to tough questions about Russia, Ukraine and Crimea

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2014 | 5:28 pm

    As dinner conversations, news shows, and water-cooler talk have turned from Oscar selfies to, well, real news, one topic has dominated  the Twitterverse and the airwaves (Russia! Ukraine! Russia invaded Ukraine!). 

    As often happens, though, with complex stories that become part...

  • Putin: military force would be ‘last resort’ in Ukraine

    March 4, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    President Vladimir Putin delivered a robust defense of Russia's actions in Crimea on Tuesday and said he would use force in Ukraine only as a last resort, easing market fears that East-West tension over the former Soviet republic could lead to war.

    But tension remained high on...

  • Ukraine chief rabbi accuses Russians of staging anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

    March 3, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, accused Russia of staging anti-Semitic “provocations” in Crimea in order to justify its invasion of the former Soviet republic.

    At a press conference in the Manhattan office of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe,...

  • Ukraine says Russia deployed 16,000 new troops to Crimea

    March 3, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    [UPDATE – March 3 at 2:15 pm] Russia has deployed roughly 16,000 troops to Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea since last week, Kiev's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev said on Monday.

    "Beginning from 24 February, approximately 16,000 Russian troops have been deployed in Crimea by...

  • Obama warns Russia against intervention in Ukraine

    February 28, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that any military intervention in Ukraine would lead to unspecified "costs," and expressed deep concern about reports of Russian military movements inside Ukraine.

    Obama made a hastily arranged appearance in the White House briefing...

  • ‘Death to Jews’ graffiti sprayed on Crimean synagogue

    February 28, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Unknown individuals painted swastikas and the phrase “Death to the Jews” on a synagogue in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.

    The graffiti was found Friday on the door and facade of the Reform Ner Tamid synagogue in Simferopol in the Crimean peninsula, the Russian-Israeli...

  • Ukraine warns Russia after gunmen seize Crimea parliament

    February 27, 2014 | 1:09 pm

    Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who warned Moscow not move troops beyond the confines of its navy base on the peninsula.

    Crimea, the only Ukrainian region with an ethnic Russian...

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