Europe's East

19-01-2022

Macron urges ‘frank’ EU dialogue with Russia, political solution for Ukraine

The European Union must hold a "frank dialogue" with Russia and seek a political solution to the tensions over Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 January).
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Germany signals it could halt gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

Germany signalled on Tuesday (18 January) that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war.
Agrifood 18-01-2022

Commissioner: Belarus food import embargo ‘weapon’ as part of hybrid attack on EU

EU Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski has branded the food import embargo instated by Belarus a ‘weapon’ that is part of a hybrid attack against the EU and vowed to support the member states most impacted by the restrictions.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

Russian forces arrive in Belarus for joint military drills

Russian military forces and hardware began arriving in ex-Soviet Belarus for joint drills starting in February, Minsk said on Monday (17 January), amid soaring tensions between East and West over Ukraine.
17-01-2022

Former Ukrainian president lands in Kyiv to face treason case

Ukraine's former President Petro Poroshenko landed in Kyiv on Monday (17 January) to face treason charges in a case he says was trumped up by allies of his successor, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
14-01-2022

EU pledges cyber support to Ukraine, pins hopes on Normandy format

Amid tensions with Russia and after a massive cyberattack, EU foreign ministers pledged additional support to Ukraine on Friday (14 January). France and Germany, meanwhile, aim to restart efforts to mediate between Kyiv and Moscow.
14-01-2022

Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites amid Russia tensions

A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to "be afraid and expect the worst" hit government websites late on Thursday (13 January), leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Kyiv to open an investigation.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Russia says Ukraine talks hit ‘dead end’, Poland warns of risk of war

Poland's foreign minister said that Europe was at risk of plunging into war as Russia said it was not yet giving up on diplomacy but that military experts were preparing options in case tensions over Ukraine could not be defused.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Stronger support for Eastern partners finds way into amended EU military strategy proposal

Amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, the EU is set to enshrine stronger support, including in security and defence, for its Eastern partners, according to the latest version of the bloc’s upcoming military strategy document, seen by EURACTIV. “The EU...
Global Europe 13-01-2022

More tense Ukraine talks loom at OSCE meet in Vienna

The permanent council of the world's largest security body will meet in Vienna on Thursday (13 January), hoping to push Russia, the United States and its European allies towards dialogue to defuse the mounting crisis on Ukraine's border.
Global Europe 12-01-2022

Ukraine ready to take decisions to end war at new ‘Normandy’ summit

Ukraine is ready to take the necessary decisions to end the war in its eastern Donbass region at a new summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Tuesday (11 January).
12-01-2022

NATO meets with Russia amid tug-of-war over Ukraine

NATO and Russian officials are set to meet for talks in Brussels on Wednesday (12 January) to discuss Moscow’s military build-up along the Ukrainian border and European security. Wednesday’s meeting constitutes the first talks in the NATO-Russia Council since 2019. NATO...
Global Europe 11-01-2022

Biden administration calls in on Democrat senators ahead of Nord Stream 2 vote

Several Democratic US senators said late on Monday (10 January), after meeting with Biden administration officials, that they believe sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany. Under Secretary of...
10-01-2022

Residents question Ukraine’s absence from talks about its future

As officials from the United States and Russia began talks on Monday (10 January) over Ukraine's security, Kyiv resident Oleh was among those who questioned why the country at the centre of the crisis was not at the negotiating table.
06-01-2022

Ukrainian court freezes property of ex-president Poroshenko

Ukraine's court froze property owned by former President Petro Poroshenko as part of a formal investigation into alleged high treason by the former head of state, the Prosecutor General's office said on Thursday (6 January).
Global Europe 06-01-2022

Britain warns Russia over Ukraine: we’re working on high-impact sanctions

Britain warned Moscow on Thursday (6 January) that it was working with Western partners on high-impact sanctions targetting Russia's financial sector should it invade Ukraine.
05-01-2022

Borrell calls for EU involvement in Ukraine security talks

EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell vowed the bloc’s full support for Ukraine Wednesday (5 January) as he visited the country’s war-torn east just ahead of a flurry of talks between Western and Russian officials on the crisis, in which the...
Global Europe 05-01-2022

Borrell visits Ukraine frontline in show of support amid Russia fears

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell arrived in Ukraine Tuesday (4 January) in a show of support for Kyiv, as the West warns Russia against launching any attacks on its ex-Soviet neighbour.
03-01-2022

EU’s Borrell to visit Ukraine frontline amid Russia tensions

The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell will visit Ukraine's frontline later this week, the European Commission has announced, in a show of support for Kyiv amid Russia's military build-up along its border.
Global Europe 03-01-2022

Biden tells Ukraine that US will ‘respond decisively’ if Russia further invades

US President Joe Biden on Sunday (2 January) told Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy the United States and its allies will "respond decisively" if Russia further invades Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.
Global Europe 24-12-2021

Germany, France urge ‘all sides’ to respect eastern Ukraine ceasefire

Germany and France called on both the Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to respect the restoration of a full ceasefire, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement on Thursday (23 December).
22-12-2021

‘Then I understood what they want’: Unmasking the Belarus border attack

Belarusian officers used migrants as pawns to attack the EU border, handing out axes and pelting Polish guards with stones. The investigation team of EURACTIV's media partner LRT.lt has pieced together a chronology of events with exclusive witness testimonies revealing the scale of the Belarusian regime's involvement.
21-12-2021

Lithuania says migrant numbers from Belarus could soon increase

Lithuanian Interior Ministry said Belarus authorities have ordered migrants to be cleared from a warehouse near the Polish border and from Minsk, which could lead to renewed attempts to push the migrants in large numbers into the European Union.
21-12-2021

Ukraine accuses former president Poroshenko of high treason

Ukrainian authorities placed former president Petro Poroshenko under formal investigation for high treason on Monday (20 December), accusing him of links to financing separatist forces in the eastern Donbass region.