KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament majority showed cracks Tuesday after a right-wing party said it was leaving the coalition over a measure to give more power to Ukraine’s regions, including the rebel-held east.
The announcement from the Radical Party, which came in fifth in last year’s election, came as two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, bringing the death toll to three from Monday’s clashes between nationalists and police outside Ukraine’s parliament.
About 140 people were hospitalized following the violence, most of them law enforcement officers, the Interior Ministry said. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Published on Aug 31, 2015
Eleven countries sent military forces to take part in the ‘Sea Breeze-2015’ military drills launched by NATO and Ukraine in the Black Sea city of Mykolaiv, Monday.
The Sea Breeze-2015 exercises involve air, land and naval forces but focus mainly on maritime exercises conducted in the Black Sea, off the coast of Odessa. Anti-submarine warfare, air defense, search and rescue, interdiction, self-defense against small boat attacks and other tactical manoeuvres are expected to be practiced. According to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, about 90 vehicles will be used to rehearse a multinational security operation in a crisis region.
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The leaders of France, Germany and Russia backed a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine in a three-way phone call on Saturday, but offered contrasting views of why February’s peace deal is in trouble.
Daily clashes between the two forces killing civilians, Ukrainian soldiers and separatists, have undermined the deal struck in the Belarus capital Minsk. Both sides have blamed the other for the violations. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
Military authorities in Ukraine believe the number of Russian troops within and close to its borders has risen to more than 50,000, raising fears of a substantial escalation in the conflict raging in Ukraine’s eastern regions.
Almost 9,000 Russian Federation Armed Forces personnel are believed to be based inside Ukraine, according to reports from the country’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) seen by The Independent on Sunday. The rest are based in the neighbouring Rostov region of Russia, including mechanised assault units and communications command systems.
This is in addition to 33,400 so-called “illegal armed formations” of Russian-backed separatist soldiers inside eastern Ukraine, with 400 main battle tanks and close to 2,000 armoured troop carriers reported to be at “full combat readiness”. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
MOSCOW – Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Wednesday of attempting to break a six-month-old peace agreement, with a rebel official warning of the threat of “big war” if the ceasefire crumbles.
Ukraine’s allies expressed particular concern this week after the Ukrainian military reported the heaviest rebel artillery attacks in six months and fresh fighting near the strategic port city of Mariupol. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»
KIEV: A young Ukrainian artist has captured global media attention by creating a striking portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin out of 5,000 bullet shells collected in the separatist east.
Daria Marchenko’s “The Face of War” — a remarkably realistic and politically tinged depiction of Putin in a dark suit and red tie — stands more than two metres (nearly seven feet) tall and dominates the artist’s studio apartment. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞
A young Ukrainian artist has captured global media attention by creating a striking portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin out of 5,000 bullet shells collected in the separatist east.
Daria Marchenko’s “The Face of War” – a remarkably realistic and politically tinged depiction of Putin in a dark suit and red tie – stands more than two metres (nearly seven feet) tall and dominates the artist’s studio apartment.
“Sleeping in the same room with him was a bit scary at first,” says the 33-year-old artist and graphics designer. “But I got used to it.” ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞
A Ukrainian Catholic bishop has warned that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine between the central government of Kiev and allegedly Moscow-backed rebels is forcing millions of people to flee as refugees to escape starvation, poverty and destitution.
“Huge numbers are now caught between hammer and anvil; the separatists aren’t looking after them, and the Ukrainian government won’t care for them because they haven’t declared which side they’re on,” Auxiliary Bishop Jan Sobilo of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia told Catholic News Service on Wednesday. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is set to expand its nascent immigration program to cover several more countries, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the organization’s founder, told The Jerusalem Post.
Eckstein first announced his intention to create his own aliyah program in October, telling the Post that he anticipated flights would begin within a matter of weeks, although it took several months for the first flight to take off.
The program will expand to include immigration from several countries, including Moldova, France, Venezuela and “an Arab country that Israel doesn’t have diplomatic relations with,” Eckstein said. ∞∞∞∞∞ SEE MORE ∞∞∞∞∞