Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told his military to prepare for a possible “full scale” invasion from Russia. That warning came a day after fighting resumed in Eastern Ukraine, with casualties of 25 dead and dozens more injured. Gwen Ifill talks to David Herszenhorn of The New York Times about the ongoing tensions and failing cease-fire. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry met face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, to discuss divisions over Ukraine, Syria and other issues. Also, Iran announced that its warships will escort a cargo ship to Yemen, drawing a warning from Washington. The Iranians said they’re sending humanitarian aid, not weapons for Shiite rebels. Continue reading
The United States Army announced on Friday that about 300 troops, based in Italy, had arrived in western Ukraine for a six-month training rotation for three battalions of Ukraine’s National Guard. It is the first training mission by American troops in Ukraine since the war in the southeast began. Andrew Roth of the New York Times joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Moscow, to discuss. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, the Obama administration stepped up efforts to win over Congress on the Iran nuclear deal. Secretary of State John Kerry briefed House members in hopes of heading off a bill that could bar the president from lifting some U.S. sanctions on Iran. Also, fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed rebels has re-escalated after a month of relative peace. Continue reading
The Obama administration is opening a new phase of its strategic “rebalance” toward Asia and the Pacific by investing in high-end weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber, refreshing its defense alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. Continue reading
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Wednesday that it is sending small unarmed drones, armored Humvees and other assistance to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists. Lethal weapons were not included, to the dismay of some U.S. lawmakers.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner and a group of top Democrats and Republicans stepped up the pressure on President Barack Obama to provide lethal, defensive weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.
The U.S. and Britain on Saturday discussed new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine’s week-old cease-fire unravels, though it was unclear if the allies were on the same page about increasing pressure on an economy that means far more to Europe. Continue reading
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