Leaders Meet to Create Ukraine Peace Plan


The leaders of Russia, France and Germany have met in Moscow and are working on a peace plan that they are going to present to the Ukrainian president on Sunday.  Russian president Vladimir Putin, France’s Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel of Germany met for over four hours on Friday in what was described as ‘constructive and substantive’ discussions. Ceasefire They will now discuss their plans with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko by phone on Sunday.  The plans include a revival of the … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Separatist Government Sworn In


The territorial conflict in the Ukraine continues to spark as the Pro-Russian, separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko was sworn in this week as head of the breakaway government in the eastern part of the country. The rebels in the eastern, breakaway part of the Ukraine held elections earlier this month, which where condemned by the Ukrainian government of Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. This election will likely have severe repercussions for the tenuous peace-process begun between the Ukrainian … [Read more...]

German Chancellor to Visit Ukraine in Aid Convoy Row

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Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has travelled to the Ukraine the day after Russia sent an unauthorised aid convoy into the country in a move described as a dangerous escalation.  Over 100 lorries entered the eastern part of Ukraine on Friday despite being told not to by the Ukrainian government. The lorries continued to rebel-held areas then some have turned back and returned into Russian territory.  Western officials are concerned that the lorries were part of a military intervention … [Read more...]

AIDS Researchers Killed in Ukraine Crash


The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced that dozens of the passengers on flight MH17 that was shot down over the Ukraine this week were AIDS researchers travelling to a major conference.  Amongst those dead is Professor Joep Lange, a prominent researcher and former president of the IAS. More than 14,000 scientists, campaigners and politicians are meeting at the conference in Melbourne this weekend and there is total shock amongst them at the losses. Giant in the field Prof Lange … [Read more...]

Death Toll Continues to Rise in Ukraine

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Conflicts between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians continue this week despite a recent ceasefire and possible negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian governments. At least nine Ukrainian soldiers were killed in fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine as the military attempts to retake ground claimed by ethnic Russian insurgents. These insurgents wish to break more territory off from the Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, following in the footsteps of insurgents in the Crimea who … [Read more...]

Ukraine Military Plane Shot Down by Pro-Russians

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The Ukrainian defence ministry has confirmed that a military transport plane has been shot down in the east of the country.  49 service personnel that were on board have been reported to have been killed and Pro-Russian rebels are said to be behind the attack. The Il-76 transport plane crashed after it came under anti-aircraft fire over the city of Luhansk in what was described as a ‘cynical and treacherous’ attack by ‘terrorists’.  The plane was carrying troops as well as military equipment … [Read more...]

Troubles Mount in Ukraine

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Despite the recent weeks of relative quiet in the Ukraine, the nation’s disquiet mounted in the last few days as violence flared in the major cities of Odessa and Slovyansk. Pro-Russian militants have held several government buildings in eastern Ukraine since the upheaval in Crimea that caused that region to break away from the rest of the country. But, during the last two days there has been a sudden outburst of violence resulting in the deaths of at least 31, but perhaps as many as 50, … [Read more...]

5 Die in Ukraine Crisis, Russia Launches Drills


Tensions continue to rise in eastern Ukraine as Russia begins military drills near the border and Ukrainian forces claim five pro-Russian militant lives. The threat of the escalating crisis prompted a statement by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon asking both sides to refrain from violence, saying the situation could spin out of control. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported five pro-Russians were killed in clashes as Kiev attempted to reassert control over buildings and checkpoints held … [Read more...]

Police Facilities Seized; Ukraine Unrest Escalates

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Pro-Russian gunmen took over a police facilities in at least two cities as unrest flared in eastern Ukraine Saturday. A police building in Donetsk as well as police headquarters and a local branch of the Security Service in a small city north of Donetsk were seized. In a seemingly coordinated attack, government facilities in several nearby towns were also taken. Armed men stormed a police station in nearby Kramatorsk and police were involved in a firefight with the attackers Saturday … [Read more...]

Troubles Continue in the Ukraine

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After the loss of the Crimea in the last month the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine continue. The most recent dispute has circled over economic issues, specifically the rise in gas prices in Ukrainian imports of Russian natural gas. The Ukraine imports about half of its natural gas from the Russian-based company OAO Gazprom, which has increased its prices suddenly by around 80%. Ukrainian leaders have claimed that this is another act of Russian aggression, this time targeted at the … [Read more...]