About: Eastern Ukraine conflict

Europe's East 26-02-2022

Russian forces pound Ukraine for third day, Kyiv still in Ukrainian hands

Russian forces pounded Ukrainian cities with artillery and cruise missiles on Saturday (26 February) for a third day running but a defiant President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the capital Kyiv remained in Ukrainian hands.
Global Europe 24-02-2022

‘Unprovoked and unjustified:’ World reacts to attack on Ukraine

World leaders on Thursday (24 February) swiftly condemned Russia's military attack on Ukraine, with Western capitals vowing to escalate sanctions against Moscow while the head of the United Nations demanded the conflict end immediately.
Global Europe 24-02-2022

Putin launches full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine on Thursday (23 February) with explosions heard soon after across the country and its foreign minister warning a "full-scale invasion" was underway.
China 23-02-2022

China says Taiwan is ‘not Ukraine’ as island raises alert level

Taiwan is "not Ukraine" and has always been an inalienable part of China, China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called for the island to beef up vigilance on military activities in response to the crisis.
Energy 23-02-2022

Could Nord Stream 2 still be resurrected?

The White House said the Nord Stream 2 is "not moving forward at this point in time" after steps by Germany to halt the gas pipeline project. But spokesperson Jen Psaki declined to say whether Germany's decision was reversible.
Global Europe 23-02-2022

Explainer: Where will Putin stop? Three scenarios

Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised the independence of separatist enclaves in eastern Ukraine and ordered in "peacekeeping" troops, the big question is: where will he stop?
Global Europe 23-02-2022

Ukrainian president drafts reservists but rules out general mobilisation for now

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday (22 February) said he was introducing the conscription of reservists for a special period but ruled out a general mobilisation after Russia announced it was moving troops into eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 23-02-2022

US sanctions Russia for ‘beginning’ invasion of Ukraine

US President Joe Biden announced tough new sanctions on Russia for "beginning" an invasion of Ukraine but said there was still time to avoid war, even as Vladimir Putin signaled plans to send troops beyond Russia's borders.
Global Europe 22-02-2022

Britain sanctions Gennady Timchenko and five banks, Johnson says

Britain on Tuesday (22 February) slapped sanctions on Gennady Timchenko and two other billionaires with close links to Vladimir Putin after the Kremlin chief ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
Energy 22-02-2022

EU will consider making countries fill gas storage – energy chief

The European Union will consider whether to require member states to fill their natural gas storage to prescribed levels, a senior official said as the bloc seeks energy security amid fears of a conflict in Ukraine involving major supplier Russia.
Global Europe 22-02-2022

Following ‘recognition’, first Russian tanks roll into Donetsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine after recognising them as independent on Monday (21 February), accelerating a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

Putin, Biden agree in principle to summit as Ukraine tensions soar

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden have agreed to a summit -- to be held only if Moscow does not invade Ukraine, France announced following a frantic new round of diplomacy to avert an all-out war.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

US plans to cut ties with targeted Russian banks if Ukraine is invaded

President Joe Biden's administration has prepared an initial package of sanctions against Russia that includes barring US financial institutions from processing transactions for major Russian banks, three people familiar with the matter said.
Global Europe 19-02-2022

Biden says Putin has decided to invade Ukraine

The US leader insisted it was "not too late to de-escalate and return to the negotiating table," but warned that if an attack comes, the Russian president will have "slammed the door shut on diplomacy."

German army reinforcements reach Lithuania amid Ukraine crisis

A German army convoy of 130 soldiers and 60 vehicles reached Lithuania on Thursday (17 February), bringing almost half of planned reinforcements for the country's German-led NATO battlegroup amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Europe's East 18-02-2022

Witnesses reel after Ukraine kindergarten shelled by separatists

Kindergarten worker Natalia Slesareva's ears were ringing after she was thrown against a door by a shell blast during an attack that has sent tensions soaring, amid fears that Russia will invade Ukraine.
Global Europe 17-02-2022

Russia expels No. 2 American official in Moscow; US weighs response

Russia has expelled the No. 2 US official in Moscow, a State Department spokesperson said on Thursday (17 February), with Washington calling the banishment unprovoked and warning of an American response amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Global Europe 17-02-2022

US acknowledges ‘global fallout’ from any Russia sanctions

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says "global fallout" would be inevitable if the West moves ahead with the punishing, coordinated sanctions threatened against Russia, should it attack Ukraine.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

Biden to Putin: Step back from the brink of war with Ukraine

US President Joe Biden made an impassioned appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from war with Ukraine, speaking starkly of the "needless death and destruction" Moscow could cause and international outrage Putin would face.
Energy 16-02-2022

EU says it is prepared for partial disruption of Russian gas flows

The European Union would be able to cope with a partial disruption to gas imports from Russia, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
Global Europe 16-02-2022

Ukraine marks ‘Day of Unity’ as US warns Russia may yet attack

A defiant Ukrainian leader urged citizens to celebrate a "Day of Unity" on Wednesday (16 February), as Washington warned once again that Russia remains poised to launch a devastating assault.

NATO to discuss reinforcements in Southeastern Europe

As NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels this week amid US warnings of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine, they are set to come up with a detailed plan for four new battle groups in southeastern Europe. The plan could...
Global Europe 15-02-2022

US moving Ukraine embassy from Kyiv to Lviv amid Russian buildup

The United States is relocating its Ukraine embassy operations from the capital Kyiv to the western city of Lviv, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday (14 February), citing a "dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces."
Global Europe 15-02-2022

Russian mercenaries with spy links increasing presence in Ukraine

Russian mercenaries with ties to Moscow's spies have increased their presence in Ukraine in recent weeks, stoking fears among some NATO members that Russia could try to engineer a pretext for an invasion, three senior Western security sources said.