Ukraine

Europe's East 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.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Stoltenberg: Big powers cannot decide about smaller ones

The big powers, including Moscow, cannot decide about the smaller ones, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told EURACTIV's partner efe in an interview in the midst of a crisis triggered by Russian forces amassing near Ukraine and Moscow's demands that no Eastern European countries join the Alliance.
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).
Europe's East 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...
Europe's East 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.
Europe's East 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.
Europe's East 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.
Europe's East 04-01-2022

Parallels between the crises in Ukraine and in the Balkans

The enemy of Putin's Russia is stability, and its real interest is the constant maintenance of tensions, if necessary with occasional military actions, so that it remains a factor that you must call if you want a solution, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Europe's East 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).
Europe's East 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.
Global Europe 20-12-2021

Russia presses for urgent US response on security guarantees

Russia said on Monday (20 December) it urgently needed a response from the United States on its sweeping security demands and again warned of a possible Russian military response unless it saw political action to assuage its concerns.
Europe's East 20-12-2021

Ambassador: Ukraine succeeded to put security at the centre of Eastern Partnership

In an interview with EURACTIV, Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU, discussed last week’s Eastern Partnership summit and EU summit, tensions with Russia, Nord Stream-2, NATO aspirations, and his country's security strategies.
Eastern Europe 14-12-2021

EaP Summit – Why the Trio initiative should finally find its way

The upcoming EaP summit (15 December)  will be a watershed to either push for a visionary policy or to play “business as usual”, write Teona Lavrelashvili and Ramūnas Stanionis, who share their ideas how to boost the ‘Associated Trio’ format.
Global Europe 13-12-2021

G7 warns Russia of ‘massive consequences’ if Ukraine is attacked

Russia faces massive consequences and severe costs if President Vladimir Putin attacks Ukraine, the Group of Seven warned in a statement on Sunday (12 December).
Global Europe 09-12-2021

Biden says US will not put troops in Ukraine, as tensions with Russia ease

Joe Biden said on Wednesday (8 December) that putting US troops on the ground in Ukraine to deter a Russian invasion was "not on the table," as tension between Moscow and Washington eased slightly after a virtual summit this week.
Europe's East 08-12-2021

Countering Russia’s false narrative: Putin’s menacing squeeze of Ukraine

Faced by continued Russian aggression towards Ukraine, the transatlantic community must stand firm, writes Matthew Bryza.