pro-Russian rebels

  • February 18, 2015  

    The cease-fire between Ukraine and Russia seemed in danger of unraveling after Russian-backed separatists forced thousands of Ukrainian troops to withdraw from the strategic town of Debaltseve. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to international community to respond. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports from Ukraine. Continue reading

  • February 10, 2015  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed on the BBC that he is getting information on the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State indirectly through third parties. Also, there were reports that the U.S. embassy in Yemen is closing and diplomats evacuated amid growing chaos. Continue reading

  • February 7, 2015  

    World leaders have been meeting to try to end the fighting in Eastern Ukraine that intensified recently and threatens to become an even broader conflict. Associated Press reporter Peter Leonard joins Alison Stewart via Skype from Donetsk, where pro-Russian rebels are battling Ukrainian government forces. Continue reading

  • January 30, 2015  

    Fierce fighting has resumed between pro-Russian rebels and government forces in Eastern Ukraine, killing civilians on both sides. Meanwhile, scheduled peace talks were abandoned when rebel delegates refused to participate. Judy Woodruff talks to Shaun Walker of The Guardian about how civilians are coping with violence and and shortages. Continue reading

  • September 2, 2014   BY  

    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO’s security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border. Continue reading

  • August 1, 2014  

    In our news wrap Friday, a team of 70 international investigators combed through the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, locating some of the remains of as many as 80 victims. Nearby, fighting raged between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian militia. Also, President Obama acknowledged that the U.S. tortured al-Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks. Continue reading

  • July 29, 2014  

    After the European Union announced broader sanctions against Russia’s banking, defense and energy sectors, President Obama also deepened American penalties in a bid to force Moscow to pull back its support of Ukrainian separatists. Meanwhile, dozens of civilians, pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian troops were killed in fighting of the past day. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading