About: Eastern Ukraine crisis

Global Europe 25-04-2019

Russia offers passports to east Ukraine, president-elect decries ‘aggressor state’

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday (24 April) simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kyiv for more international sanctions.
Global Europe 21-12-2018

Dutch may take Russia to court over MH17

The Netherlands is considering dragging Russia to an international court over the downing of flight MH17 after talks over responsibility ground to an impasse, the Dutch foreign minister said Thursday (20 December).

Putin defends seizure of Ukrainian ships, Poroshenko invites NATO in Azov Sea

President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday (28 November) that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, while his Ukrainian colleague Petro Poroshenko invited NATO ships in the Azov Sea.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Trump may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

US President Donald Trump has said he may cancel a long-awaited summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine led Kyiv to warn of the threat of "full-scale war".
Global Europe 13-11-2018

US join EU in condemning ‘sham’ Donbas elections

The United States on Monday (12 November) dismissed leadership elections in separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine as a "sham" one day after voters cast their ballots.
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.
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.

Baltic ministers prepare US summit for ‘sending message to Putin’

Foreign ministers from the Baltic states, three exposed allies on NATO's eastern flank, visited Washington on Monday (5 March) to urge Western leaders not to respond naively to Russian threats.
Europe's East 19-01-2018

Ukraine recognises war as ‘temporary Russian occupation’

Ukraine's parliament yesterday (18 January) formally recognised its eastern war as a "temporary Russian occupation" in a vote that an outraged Moscow said was preparation for a new wave in the conflict.
Europe's East 23-05-2017

Merkel calls for summit on Ukraine to reboot peace efforts

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to reboot attempts to bring peace to eastern Ukraine with a summit between the presidents of France, Ukraine and Russia. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Europe's East 04-01-2017

Austria kicks off chairing of OSCE with Ukraine visit

In mid-January, further negotiations will be held on the Ukraine conflict, within the framework of the OSCE. Time is of the essence as the situation remains dramatically unchanged. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 27-05-2016

Ukraine angered by German call to lift Russia sanctions

Germany's vice-chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), has provoked the ire of Ukraine after calling for sanctions against Russia to be gradually lifted. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 07-04-2016

Austria attempts to bridge gap between Brussels and Moscow

A warming of relations between Brussels and Moscow could be on the cards, as President Vladimir Putin suggested that there could be room for cooperation on the refugee crisis, during a state visit by the Austrian president. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 03-02-2016

German MP handed travel ban by Ukraine

A delegation from the Bundestag's European Affairs Committee will travel to Ukraine without one of its members, after Kyiv banned him from travelling. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-08-2015

Obama praises Germany’s role in refugee crisis

In a phone call to Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama acknowledged Berlin's contribution to the ongoing refugee crisis, while Justice Minister Heiko Maas has told Facebook it must remove abusive content. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Europe's East 12-08-2015

EU, allies alarmed by recent escalation in eastern Ukraine

The EU is concerned about the recent escalation in Eastern Ukraine as authorities and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Wednesday (12 August) of attempting to break a six-month-old peace agreement, with a rebel official warning of the threat of "a big war" if the ceasefire crumbles. 
Energy 30-07-2015

Energy efficiency on frontline of Ukraine’s fight with Russia

Energy efficiency measures are increasingly on the frontline of war-torn Ukraine’s fight to lessen its dependence on Russian gas, after the crisis that led to the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea.
Global Europe 29-07-2015

French MPs provoke anger across Europe with visit to Crimea

A group of pro-Russian French MPs has provoked outcry across Europe on a visit to Crimea. EURACTIV France reports
Energy 20-03-2015

Wrap up: EU summit on energy union, Ukraine and Greece

Energy Union, and the ongoing tensions with Russia over Ukraine, dominated EU leaders' talks in Brussels this week (19-20 March). Follow our live coverage below.
Med & South 26-02-2015

Energy Union a green light for human rights abusers, warn NGOs

EXCLUSIVE: The European Union’s flagship energy project will prop up a rogue’s gallery of authoritarian governments responsible for a string of human rights abuses, while not improving gas supply security, civil society organisations have warned.
Brexit 20-02-2015

EU, UK misread Russia, Lords say

A major report by the House of Lords has accused the UK and EU of “sleep-walking” into the crisis in Ukraine.
Europe's East 05-02-2015

Biden heads to Europe amid intensive diplomacy on Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden will meet top European leaders in Brussels and Munich this week to discuss boosting security and financial aid to Ukraine and tightening economic sanctions on Russia, senior US administration officials said.
Alexis Tsirpas at the 4th European Left Congress, 13-15 December 2013
Europe's East 28-01-2015

Tsipras has first clash with EU – over Russia

The newly elected government of Alexis Tsipras argued with Brussels yesterday (27 January) over an EU Council statement threatening Russia with further sanctions. Athens claims its objections were not taken into account. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Europe's East 27-01-2015

Putin misses Auschwitz memorial, as Ukraine hostilities continue

Russia's Vladimir Putin will be absent from the main event marking 70 years since Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, held against a backdrop of hostilities in Ukraine and warnings of a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

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