Ukraine Crisis

  • U.S. weighs defensive weapons for Ukraine

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    The Obama administration is holding intensive conversations with the Europeans about further sanctions on Russia, as top U.S. national security officials convene this week to decide what types of support to offer Ukraine.

    All options, including defens...

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  • Ukraine's economy teeters toward collapse

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    The war-torn country is on the brink of economic collapse.

    Ukraine's central bank raised benchmark interest rates from 19.5% to 30% effective Wednesday. Its currency, the hryvnia, lost nearly 70% of its value against the dollar in just a year. The GD...

  • Officials: 33 dead in Ukraine mine explosion

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    The bodies of all 33 workers killed in coal mine explosion Wednesday in eastern Ukraine have been recovered, officials with the Donetsk regional authority said.

    Preliminary information indicates the explosion at Zasyadko mine was caused by methane gas...

  • UN: 6,000 have died in eastern Ukraine

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    The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 now exceeds 6,000 "in spite of successive ceasefires," the UN Human Rights Office announced in a statement on Monday.

    The escalation in fighting in recent weeks, particularly n...

  • Shaky Ukraine ceasefire takes hold

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    A dispute over natural gas supply flared Friday between Russia and Ukraine, even as a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine appeared to be taking hold.

    Both sides in the conflict have begun withdrawing their...

  • Vladimir Putin: War with Ukraine is unlikely

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    A war with Ukraine would be "apocalyptic" but will probably never happen, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    "I believe such (an) apocalyptic scenario is unlikely, and hope that it will never get to that point," he told Russian media Monday.

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  • Are more sanctions looming for Russia?

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    If rounds of gun fire keep piercing the air in Ukraine and unravel a shaky ceasefire, Russia could very well be heading for more sanctions.

    But the severity of those sanctions and the timing all depend on the intensity of the fighting.

    The European Uni...

  • Ukraine President: Ceasefire in 'big danger'

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    Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that a ceasefire due to go into effect over the weekend between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine is in "big danger."

    Fighting continued ahead of the cessation of the bitter ...

  • Ceasefire agreed to in Ukraine talks

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    Marathon peace talks aimed at ending the bloody crisis in eastern Ukraine concluded Thursday in a breakthrough: A ceasefire that's due to start Sunday and an agreement for both sides to pull back heavy weapons.

    If the ceasefire holds -- which is far f...

  • Flight 17 downed by 'high-energy objects,' report says

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    Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 broke apart in the air after it was hit by a burst of "high-energy objects" from outside, a preliminary report by Dutch aviation investigators said Tuesday. Take a look at images from the tragedy.