Connect to share and comment

Ukraine: current sanctions and options

The United States and European Union have warned Moscow it faces more sanctions if Russian troops intervene further in Ukraine. Here is a look at where things stand now. - CURRENT SANCTIONS - EUROPE: The European Union has slapped visa bans and asset freezes on 33 Ukrainian and Russian officials and business leaders, including members of President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and Black Sea and Crimea commanders.

Putin getting requests for help from eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving many requests for help from eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow protesters have clashed with authorities, and is watching the situation with "great concern", his spokesman said on Monday. "Unfortunately, we are receiving a lot of such requests from the regions of east Ukraine, addressed personally to Putin, with a request to help, to intervene in some form," Russian news agencies quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Russia pledges to fulfil Europe gas obligations

President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Russia would fulfil its contractual obligations to send natural gas to Europe after threatening to pull the plug on energy supplies over Ukraine's unpaid gas bill. "We certainly guarantee the fulfilment of our obligations before our European customers in full," Putin said in comments released by the Kremlin. "The issue is not about us, the issue is about securing transit through Ukraine." as/am/ric

In spat over Ukraine, Putin tells U.S. not to read others' letters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin responded acidly to U.S. comments about a proposal he sent to European leaders seeking talks about Ukraine's gas debt and supplies, saying "it is not good to read other people's letters". In a letter to 18 European leaders on Thursday, Putin said Russian gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted if Moscow cuts the flow to Ukraine over unpaid bills, drawing a U.S. accusation that Russia is using energy as a "tool of coercion". (Writing by Steve Gutterman)

Putin warns Kiev against irreversible mistakes

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Wednesday a positive outcome to the first international peace talks on Ukraine but also upped the pressure by warning Kiev's interim leaders against making any irreversible mistakes. The veteran strongman's mixed message came as Kalashnikov-wielding separatists barricaded inside state offices in the Russified east of Ukraine remained locked in a standoff that the country's police chief said should be resolved within 48 hours but may require the use of force.

Putin warns Ukraine on gas supplies, urges talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Ukraine to come to the negotiating table over its unpaid energy bills, warning that it would otherwise require payment in advance for gas. Ukraine "would receive only what they have paid for" if they failed to negotiate, Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. as/am/hmn

Ukraine's defiant armed separatists prepare for long siege

By Thomas Grove LUHANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Past the barricades of metal railings, sandbags and barbed wire, Russian separatists peer out of the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, rifles in hand. The headquarters of the former KGB in this small Ukrainian city less than 30 km (20 miles) from the Russian border is potentially the most dangerous flashpoint among buildings in eastern Ukraine seized on Sunday night by pro-Moscow agitators.

US urges Putin to stop destabilizing Ukraine

The United States called Monday on Russia's President Vladimir Putin to stop destabilizing Ukraine, saying it was concerned about "several escalatory" moves over the weekend. "We see them as the result of increasing Russian pressure on Ukraine," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. "We call on President Putin and his government to cease efforts to destabilize Ukraine." col-jm/dc

Russian marine kills Ukrainian officer

A Russian marine has shot dead a Ukrainian naval officer in Crimea, the Ukrainian defence ministry said Monday, the second reported death since Moscow claimed the Black Sea peninsula last month. The defence ministry said the incident occurred late Sunday in a military residence hall in the eastern Crimean village of Novofyodorovka, where Ukraine has an air base. The Ukrainian officer was killed "at point-blank range by two shots fired from an AK-74 machine gun," the ministry said in a statement.

Putin orders crackdown on NGOs after Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a crackdown on "destructive" non-government organisations, saying such groups were behind the mass protests that brought down Ukraine's government. Moscow has repeatedly accused the new authorities in Kiev and the protesters who toppled pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych of being extremists, nationalists and even "Nazis".
Syndicate content