WASHINGTON — A chemicals weapons attack in Syria last summer that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people was the world’s worst human rights violation of 2013, the Obama administration concluded Thursday.
The report by the State Department also foreshadowed the unrest that has gripped the Ukraine in recent weeks and toppled its government. Continue reading
While prospective new Ukrainian leaders were introduced in Kiev, in the Crimean region, pro-Russian demonstrators clashed with supporters of the protest movement. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports on the separatist tensions flaring in Eastern Ukraine. Continue reading
Tensions rose among thousands of protesters outside the parliament building in Simferopol, the capital of the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea, as pro-Russian supporters scuffled with anti-Russian rivals Wednesday. Opposing chants of “Crimea is Russia” and “Crimea is not Russia” … Continue reading
How will Ukraine go about rebuilding a government? Can the country juggle regional differences, the ambitions of emerging political leaders and pressures from Russia? Judy Woodruff talks to Steven Pifer, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Adrian Karatnycky of The Atlantic Council about challenges for Ukraine’s stability. Continue reading
Ukrainians continue to flock to the Maidan in Kiev to pay their respects to the victims of the revolution that felled the government and the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. Matt Frei of Independent Television News talks to citizens on the streets about their grief, the fate of their former leader and the start of a new chapter for their country. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, Ukrainian interim leaders issued a warrant for ousted President Viktor Yanukovych for the killings of protesters in bloody clashes. Yanukovych remains in hiding, while Kiev grieves the dead. Also, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., the longest serving member of Congress ever, announced he will step down after 57 years in the House. Continue reading
Ongoing violence in Ukraine over the past few weeks has added further stress to relations between the United States and Russia. What are the issues dividing the two countries? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Russian Studies Professor Stephen Cohen about Russia’s stake in Ukrainian unrest. Continue reading