About: Eastern Ukraine conflict

Global Europe 28-01-2022

Russia, US keep door open to Ukraine diplomacy, but big gaps remain

Russia said on Thursday (27 January) it was clear the United States was not willing to address its main security concerns in their standoff over Ukraine, but both sides kept the door open to further dialogue.
Global Europe 27-01-2022

Russian gas supply halt would deal EU economic hit: report

The European Union could cope with a short term halt to all Russian gas imports but doing so would have "profound economic consequences" and require emergency measures to curb demand, according to analysis by the think tank Bruegel.
Europe's East 27-01-2022

US, NATO provide ‘written responses’ to Russia as Ukraine tensions mount

Both US and NATO on Wednesday (26 January) said they had set out a diplomatic path to address sweeping Russian demands in Eastern Europe, as Russia intensified its military build-up near Ukraine with new drills.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Putin sweet-talks Italian firms despite Ukraine tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a virtual meeting with top Italian executives on Wednesday (26 January), despite Rome's opposition due to escalating tensions over Ukraine.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Ukraine diplomat sees little chance of war ‘in country with 15 nuclear reactors’

Ukraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the current tension with Russia, its ambassador to Japan, Sergiy Korsunsky, said on Wednesday (26 January), adding that he saw little chance of all-out war, although there might be smaller conflicts.
Elections 26-01-2022

Report into PM Johnson lockdown party allegations expected anytime soon

An internal inquiry into allegations of lockdown parties at Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office could be published as soon as Wednesday (26 January), delivering findings that might determine the prime minister’s future after police also launched an investigation. Johnson is fighting for...
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Latvia accuses Russia of COVID ‘pretext’ to cancel arms control inspections

Latvia's defence ministry on Tuesday (25 January) accused Moscow of using the "pretext" of Covid to cancel a scheduled arms inspection in two regions in western Russia this week.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Biden warns Putin with personal sanctions as West steps up defences

US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions on President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders stepped up military preparations and made plans to shield Europe from a potential energy supply shock.
Energy 25-01-2022

US in talks with energy producers to supply Europe if Russia invades Ukraine

The United States is in talks with major energy-producing countries and companies around the world over a potential diversion of supplies to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, senior Biden administration officials said on Tuesday (25 January).
Global Europe 25-01-2022

NATO takes control of troop movements in Ukraine standoff

The NATO alliance will make all decisions on possible movement of troops amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis, US Deputy national security adviser Jonathan Finer said on Tuesday (25 January).
Global Europe 24-01-2022

NATO bolsters eastern flank as fears mount over Ukraine crisis

NATO said Monday (24 January) it was sending jets and ships to bolster its eastern European flank, as the US and EU looked to coordinate a tough response to Russia if it invades Ukraine.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

EU says not following US diplomat families’ withdrawals from Ukraine

The EU is not following the US in withdrawing its diplomats' families from Ukraine, top European diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (24 January), adding that there was no need to "dramatise" the situation while talks with Russia continue.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

Blinken to join EU foreign ministers teleconference as Ukraine tensions rise

Amid rising fears of Russian military action against Ukraine, EU foreign minister on Monday (24 January) will seek to align their response with Washington, as US Secretary of State Anthony is set to join their virtual meeting.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

France keen on EU-Russia talks but against Western ‘division’

France is pushing for direct EU-Russia security talks in addition to an ongoing dialogue between the United States and Moscow, France's Europe minister said Sunday (23 January), while warning against divisions in the Western alliance.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

UK to warn Russia of Ukraine ‘quagmire’

Russia risks becoming embroiled in a "terrible quagmire" if it invades Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will warn Friday (21 January) in a speech in Sydney.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia to hold major navy drills involving all its fleets

Russia announced its navy would stage exercises involving all its fleets this month and next from the Pacific to the Atlantic, the latest show of strength in a surge of military activity during a standoff with the West.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Analysis: In Ukraine crisis, Germany faces tough decisions over Nord Stream 2

Germany could find itself in a no-win situation if Russia invades Ukraine, pitting Berlin's main gas supplier against its most important security allies.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

Russia, Ukraine warm to Turkey helping ease tensions

Both Russia and Ukraine are open to the idea of Turkey playing a role to ease tensions between the two countries, as proposed by Ankara in November, Turkish diplomatic sources said on Thursday (20 January).
20-01-2022

White House tells chip industry to be ready for potential Russia export curbs

The White House told the US chip industry to be prepared for new restrictions on exports to Russia if Moscow attacks Ukraine, sources said, including potentially blocking the country's access to global electronic supplies.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

US clears Baltic states to send US-made weapons to Ukraine

The US State Department has cleared Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to send US-made missiles and other weapons to Ukraine, three sources familiar with the decision said, as President Joe Biden predicted Russia would move on Ukraine.
Global Europe 20-01-2022

Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

US President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday (19 January) that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion."
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Internal rifts loom as Germany ponders arms exports to Ukraine

After the German government initially refused to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, German politicians are pushing to reconsider the position. The biggest EU country has already hinted it might now support exports of certain weaponry to Ukraine via NATO, which it has previously blocked.
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.