Poroshenko Orders Ukrainian Military Focus On Crimea, Black Sea

Ukraine is planning a “substantial enhancement” of its military position around the Black Sea and on the border of Crimea as part of a strategy of regaining the territory that Russia annexed two years ago. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced the initiative on Friday, commemorating the second anniverary of the Russian annexation. “Crimea was, is … More Poroshenko Orders Ukrainian Military Focus On Crimea, Black Sea

As focus remains on Syria, Ukraine sees heaviest fighting in months

As world powers focus on freezing the conflict in Syria, the war in Ukraine continues unabated. According to international monitoring organizations and soldiers on the front, the fighting has reached levels not seen in months. On Monday, three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and six were wounded, according to a tweet from Col. Oleksander Motuzyank, a … More As focus remains on Syria, Ukraine sees heaviest fighting in months

Ukraine’s Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

The so-called decommunization of Ukraine edged forward on February 4 as parliament approved the scrapping of 175 names of towns, villages, and districts across the country and replaced them with non-Soviet alternatives. The latest changes are part of a massive process in which thousands of streets, squares, towns, villages, companies, media outlets, sports clubs, and … More Ukraine’s Decommunization Gets Boost As 175 Towns, Villages Renamed

Ukraine to discuss Donbass security issue at Normandy Four meeting

Kiev plans to raise the issue of observing the ceasefire regime in Donbass at the upcoming meeting of the Normandy Four group at the level of foreign ministers, Ukraine’s top diplomat Pavlo Klimkin said on Friday. “The number of shellings has again grown. This needs to be brought to an end. Security is the main … More Ukraine to discuss Donbass security issue at Normandy Four meeting

White War Refugees not Allowed in Germany

Genuine war refugees fleeing the conflict in the Ukraine have been denied asylum in Germany in 95 percent of cases (and will, from now on, all be refused that status)—while Angela Merkel’s government admits hundreds of thousands of “war refugees” from all over the nonwhite Middle East without question. The blatant double standard in favoring … More White War Refugees not Allowed in Germany

NATO discusses its practical support to Ukraine

NATO foreign ministers gathered in Brussels on Tuesday, mostly to discuss Afghanistan and the decision to extend the troop presence in the country beyond 2016. During the two-day session, foreign ministers will also make a decision on whether to move forward with Montenegro’s application for membership—a decision that seems likely. Hanging over the entire meeting will … More NATO discusses its practical support to Ukraine

Ukraine Separatists Feel Abandoned as Moscow’s Attention Shifts

This separatist-held city is staggering back to its feet after a two-month lull in fighting, the longest in a 19-month conflict between government forces and Russia-backed rebels in the industrial east. But as Moscow’s strategic focus shifts to Syria, people here are wondering what comes next for them. The fighting has left deep scars, and … More Ukraine Separatists Feel Abandoned as Moscow’s Attention Shifts

Fears of new flareup in Ukraine as violence grows on frontline

It’s been only two months since Yelena Krivonos has stopped sleeping in her cellar to hide from shelling, but now that violence has ticked up in eastern Ukraine she is headed back underground. “Combat has begun again,” the 31-year-old mother of two said after taking warm clothing for herself and her children to the basement. … More Fears of new flareup in Ukraine as violence grows on frontline

Ukraine says could suspend arms withdrawals from east after rebel attacks

The Ukrainian government will stop withdrawing light weapons from the frontline of its war against separatists in the east if the pro-Russian rebels continue to violate a ceasefire, a senior security official said on Wednesday. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions has killed more than 8,000 people since … More Ukraine says could suspend arms withdrawals from east after rebel attacks

Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine

Government and separatist forces in eastern Ukraine are both reporting renewed fighting. The press office of the Ukrainian government operation there said on Tuesday that Russia-backed rebels shelled its positions outside the rebel stronghold of Donetsk throughout the night with grenade launchers. The rebel press office Donetsk News Agency accused government troops of attacking their positions … More Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine