Russia http://kuow.org en Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32792 at http://kuow.org Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/look-russian-president-putins-strategy-ukraine <p>Steve Scher talks with Columbia University Professor <a href="http://www.cfr.org/experts/estonia-europe-russia-and-central-asia/stephen-sestanovich/b7485">Stephen Sestanovich</a> about today's meeting between U.S., Ukrainian, EU and Russian officials in Geneva. Sestanovich also discusses what President Vladimir Putin's strategy might be in his involvement in Ukraine. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:08 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 32774 at http://kuow.org A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home http://kuow.org/post/ukrainians-seattle-react-crisis-back-home <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>When there’s daylight in Seattle, it’s usually night time in Ukraine. But that time difference doesn't matter to many Ukrainians here, who are anxious for news of the crisis unfolding in their motherland.</p><p>“We have 32 channels from Ukraine so we can watch every day,” said Peter Drogomiretskiy during a recent interview at his home in Brier, Wash. He sometimes watches Ukrainian news coverage with his wife, Valha Drogomiretskiy, until 3 a.m. and only sleeps a few hours before work.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:43:33 +0000 Liz Jones 32700 at http://kuow.org Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-crisis-russia-endorses-call-protesters-disarm <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32720 at http://kuow.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-reports-soldiers-switching-pro-russia-side Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.<p>According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.<p>In the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303640418/the-latest-from-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">Ari reported on<em Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32639 at http://kuow.org In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-military-says-it-moving-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32561 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-pro-russia-occupiers-defy-deadline-war-fears-grow "A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302857262/kiev-deadline-for-disarming-in-east-ukraine-passes" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, reminds our Newscast Desk that Ukraine's government has promised it will use force, if necessary, in a bid to regain control. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 32485 at http://kuow.org In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://kuow.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 32117 at http://kuow.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Russia Issues Warning As Ukraine Forcibly Removes Protesters http://kuow.org/post/russia-issues-warning-ukraine-forcibly-removes-protesters Riot police and other Ukrainian forces are cracking down on pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine, drawing a warning from neighboring Russia on Tuesday that also alleged an American military contractor is helping Ukraine.<p>Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Ukraine has arrested around 70 demonstrators who had seized a regional administration building in Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32100 at http://kuow.org Russia Issues Warning As Ukraine Forcibly Removes Protesters U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says http://kuow.org/post/us-and-europe-stand-united-russia-stands-alone-obama-says Saying again that Russia's annexation of Crimea and insertion of military forces there violate international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, President Obama declared Wednesday that while the U.S. and European union stand united, "Russia stands alone" on the world stage because of its actions.<p>In remarks at a news conference in Brussels following his meetings there with European Union leaders, the president said that Europe's progress in recent decades "rests on basic principles ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:18:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 31287 at http://kuow.org U.S. And Europe Stand United, 'Russia Stands Alone,' Obama Says Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7 http://kuow.org/post/putins-out-club-now-g-8-back-being-g-7 Russia's 20 years of having a seat at the table when leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized nations meet came to at least a temporary end.<p>President Obama and his counterparts from six other major nations announced in The Hague that because of <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/283022112/crimea" target="_blank">Russia's actions in Crimea</a>, "we will suspend our participation in the G-8."<p>The announcement was not a big surprise. It was already clear that the other leaders would not attend the next scheduled meeting of the G-8, which had been set for June in Sochi, Russia. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 31192 at http://kuow.org Putin's Out Of The Club For Now: G-8 Is Back To Being The G-7 Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis http://kuow.org/post/ukraine-orders-its-troops-out-crimea-g7-meets-crisis Ukraine announced the pullout of its troops from Crimea after Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula and took control of the military bases there. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 31142 at http://kuow.org Ukraine Orders Its Troops Out Of Crimea As G-7 Meets On Crisis Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea http://kuow.org/post/split-decisions-ukraine-signs-eu-russia-wraps-crimea There will be few days that better symbolize the crisis in Ukraine.<p>On Friday:<p><blockquote><p>As Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26680250" target="_blank">signing an agreement on closer relations with the European Union</a> ...<p>... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:24:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30993 at http://kuow.org Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials http://kuow.org/post/us-impose-sanctions-more-russian-officials More senior Russian officials are being added to the list of those who the U.S. will seek to penalize for their nation's interference in Ukraine's affairs, President Obama announced Thursday morning.<p>Without giving specifics, Obama said that additional officials who played a role in Russia's "illegal move" to annex Crimea will be subject to U.S. financial sanctions and travel bans. According to the Treasury Department, 20 individuals are covered by the new sanctions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30915 at http://kuow.org U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter http://kuow.org/post/ukrainian-troops-departure-crimea-isnt-simple-matter Ukraine's plans to withdraw its troops from Crimea, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/19/291386796/tensions-build-as-pro-russian-forces-enter-ukrainian-navy-base" target="_blank">which as we reported were announced Wednesday</a>, have apparently been complicated by the issue of whether they will be allowed to take their weapons and other equipment with them.<p>NPR's Gregory Warner reports from the Crimean capital of Simferopol that the 25,000 or so Ukrainian troops in the region had not been given orders to leave by their commanders as of midafternoon local time on Thursday. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30904 at http://kuow.org Ukrainian Troops' Departure From Crimea Isn't A Simple Matter