At least 13 government soldiers were killed in Eastern Ukraine in the bloodiest episode yet in the run up to that nation’s presidential election. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner reports on additional separatist attacks on election offices and how acts of intimidation may affect voting in that region. Continue reading
In Mariupol, the local police have been joined by thousands of steel workers in patrolling the streets. This is the brainchild of Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, who after sitting on the fence for many months in the struggle between Moscow and Kiev, has begun to take action to keep the lid on hostilities in Eastern Ukraine. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
The Kremlin announced that Russian President Putin has ordered the 40,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border to retreat to their home bases. However, the NATO secretary general says he sees no sign of movement. Reporting from Donetsk, chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the building tensions in Eastern Ukraine and upcoming national elections. Continue reading
President Obama and France’s President Francois Hollande agreed that Russia will face “significant additional costs” for undermining the Ukrainian government. Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner joins Judy Woodruff to discuss a show of solidarity in Eastern Ukraine against the pro-Russian separatists, efforts to increase dialogue between Kiev and different factions and Putin’s next move. Continue reading
At least 30 pro-Russian separatists ambushed Ukrainian troops Tuesday, killing six soldiers and wounding eight others.
Armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons, the pro-Russia insurgency attacked the troops nearby the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, Ukraine’s defense ministry said in a statement. Continue reading
Separatists in Eastern Ukraine declared they are ready to join Russia in Sunday’s secession referendum, but no government has yet recognized the move. Gwen Ifill talks to Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution and Nadia Diuk of the National Endowment for Democracy for analysis on how it affects Ukraine’s attempts at rebuilding its government and whether there is any chance for negotiation. Continue reading
Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine have declared they are ready to join Russia after Sunday’s secession referendum in Donetsk and Luhansk. The State Department declared the referendum “illegitimate” and the acting Ukrainian president called it a “farce,” but the Russian government welcomed the vote and called for talks. Alex Thomson of Independent Television News reports from Donetsk. Continue reading
Weeks before the May 25 elections in Ukraine, residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions voted for self-rule, independent of the Ukrainian government.
Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk reported Monday that 90 percent of voters in Sunday’s referendum voted in favor of sovereignty. Ninety-six percent of voters in Luhansk supported self-rule. Continue reading
Early indications are that voters in Eastern Ukraine have overwhelmingly approved a measure that could potentially lead to their secession from the country. For the latest, Philip Shishkin of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Donetsk via Skype. Continue reading
Scores of Ukrainian soldiers made their way through the streets of Mariupol with armored personnel carriers as part of an ongoing operation to evict the pro-Russian militias that have taken over government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. For a closer look, Hari Sreenivasan talks to Independent Television News’ Alex Thomson, who was in Mariupol during the conflict and reports from the city of Donetsk. Continue reading