A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.
Russia unilaterally sent an aid mission into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday, saying its patience had worn out after a week of delays it blamed on the Ukrainian government, which called the move a “direct invasion.”
12 Ukrainian soldiers killed, including a general who served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.
An Ohio senator who observed Ukraine’s presidential election this weekend said Monday the experience he had in the crisis-torn European nation was inspiring and he viewed it as a legitimate election.
Pro-Russian insurgents attacked a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine; Kiev accuses Moscow of trying to disrupt upcoming election.
Steelworkers retook government buildings from pro-Russian militants in an industrial port city in eastern Ukraine.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he believes the U.S. has very few options in two of the Obama administration’s biggest foreign policy pressure points in Ukraine and Syria, adding that the U.S. needs to solve its domestic problems before it can exert power on the world stage.
Government troops are advancing on pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Interior Minister said Tuesday that 30 pro-Russian insurgents were killed during government operations to expunge anti-government forces in and near a town in the east.
Government is desperate to stop fighting between its troops and pro-Russian militia in its southern port city.