Ukraine

Global Europe 18-09-2018

Russia claims fresh ‘proof’ Ukraine downed flight MH17

Russia on Monday (17 September) released fresh information to back its claim the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines flight over war-torn Ukraine in 2014 was fired by Kiev's forces.
Central Europe 06-09-2018

Poland’s push for Via Carpathia may boost cooperation in Eastern Europe

For a long time, Warsaw has been looking for opportunities to boost regional cooperation with neighbours. Now plans for the so-called Carpathian Strategy have gained the support of some countries in the region, paving the way for a series of joint projects partly funded by the EU.
Global Europe 03-09-2018

Tearful mourners queue to bid farewell to east Ukraine rebel chief

The funeral in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk of a pro-Russian rebel leader killed in an explosion last week drew vast crowds of mourners on Sunday (2 September), Reuters footage from the breakaway region showed. Alexander Zakharchenko was fatally injured in an...
Europe's East 23-08-2018

EU unlikely to heed British call for more Russia sanctions

The European Union is unlikely to heed London's call for it to match the latest US sanctions against Moscow over an attack on a former Russian spy in Britain earlier this year, diplomats in Brussels said.
Europe's East 07-08-2018

Georgia’s NATO future resurfaces during Russia conflict anniversary

Foreign affairs chiefs from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine met in Georgia this week to take part in commemorations marking 10 years since Russia’s invasion of the Caucasus Republic during 2008's August War.
Europe's East 06-08-2018

Russia used lessons from Georgia war in Ukraine conflict

Ten years ago, in August 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over South Ossetia, a small separatist Georgian region which Moscow would later controversially recognise as independent, in the face of international criticism.
Europe's East 02-08-2018

Ukraine goes back to the future as IMF programme stutters

Ukraine's backsliding on reforms continues a national tradition: a Reuters study of data since 1994 shows it has drawn less than half the IMF funds it could have received, with commitment to change often weakening when economic indicators improve.
Europe's East 27-07-2018

Russia tests the waters for Donbas referendum

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Thursday (26 July) that the question of holding a referendum in eastern Ukraine was touched upon at a meeting of representatives of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in Berlin, the RIA news agency reported.
Europe's East 26-07-2018

Opposition parties blast Merkel over secretive meeting with Russian officials

German opposition parties have criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel for not providing more detail of her discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the head of Russia’s military general staff Valery Gerasimov.
Europe's East 20-07-2018

Putin says he warned Trump against closer NATO ties with Ukraine and Georgia

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (19 July) warned NATO against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

OSCE surprised by Russian intelligence penetrating its Ukraine mission

The OSCE mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine said yesterday (18 July) claims that Russia's security agency had received inside information about its activities came as a major blow.
Energy 19-07-2018

EU and Ukraine in tug of war over Naftogaz unbundling

The European Commission has repeated its insistence on breaking up the Ukrainian national gas and oil monopoly Naftogaz, separating transmission from production and supply, which the country had agreed to as a condition for receiving massive Western financing.
Europe's East 10-07-2018

EU makes another attempt to press Ukraine to fight corruption

EU leaders used the 20th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels on Monday (9 July) to press the country’s president, Petro Poroshenko, once again to take credible steps to fight rampant corruption.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

Germany, France voice cautious hope on reviving Ukraine peace process

Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.
Europe's East 08-06-2018

Ukraine approves anti-corruption court, but sacks reformist finance minister

Ukrainian lawmakers yesterday (7 June) approved key legislation to create a long-awaited anti-corruption court while also voting to dismiss the country's finance minister, a respected reformer backed by the West.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

UN seeks ‘immediate’ heavy arms pullout in Eastern Ukraine

The UN Security Council condemned yesterday (6 June) "continuous violations of the ceasefire" in Ukraine's east and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

In Austria, Putin calls for lifting sanctions, Kurz sticks by EU position

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (5 June) the European Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea.
Global Europe 25-05-2018

Pressure builds on Russia under MH17 investigation

Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit on Thursday (24 May) as the source of the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Global Europe 24-05-2018

Macron and Putin: ‘Frenemies’ reunited

With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Poland pushes for UN mission at Ukraine-Russia border

Poland's president on Thursday (17 May) asked the UN Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping force to Ukraine throughout a zone of conflict that Western powers accuse Russia of fomenting.
Azerbaijan 17-05-2018

MEP Nicolai: European Parliament is sometimes arrogant with EU’s neighbours

The EU has already failed in the Mediterranean and is hardly a relevant player there. Now it risks being isolated if it repeats the same mistake with its Eastern neighbours, Norica Nicolai, the European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

President Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from the US, Europe and Ukraine on Tuesday (15 May) after he opened a new bridge linking mainland Russia and Moscow-annexed Crimea by driving a truck across it to the peninsula.
Armenia 08-05-2018

Armenia’s peaceful revolution yields new leader

Armenia’s parliament voted in favour of a new prime minister on Tuesday (8 May) as the romantically dubbed ‘love and solidarity revolution’ peacefully put the Caucasus republic’s opposition party in power.
Europe's East 10-04-2018

EU-backed programme promotes decentralisation of politics in Ukraine

After centuries of being dependent on a central power, the villages of Ukraine are starting to feel the benefits of self-governance thanks to a European Union-backed program called U-LEAD, which has already tripled rural resources and boosted sleepy economies. EURACTIV's media partner efe-epa reports.