Evolving Ukraine Crisis Tests Obama Foreign Policy

Just hours after reports that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 had been shot down over eastern Ukraine, the stark reality that 298 civilians from nearly a dozen nations had just become the latest victims in a Russian-backed separatist movement came [...]

US, Europe Demand Harsher Russia Sanctions

A senior British official is calling for the 2018 World Cup to be moved from Russia as punishment for the country’s role in the Ukraine crisis, as calls intensify from both sides of the Atlantic for tougher sanctions on Moscow. Deputy [...]

MH17 Crash Investigators Hampered by Fighting in Ukraine

A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine.  Heavy fighting has been reported between government forces and rebels [...]

Explosions Echo in East Ukraine as Russia Slams EU Sanctions

Fighting neared Donetsk Saturday, and explosions were heard within the rebel-controlled eastern city as the Ukrainian army pressed insurgents who have bolstered defenses after a string of defeats. Russia, meanwhile, angrily criticized new sanctions [...]

Armed Services Chair Blames Putin for MH17

The powerful head of the House Armed Services Committee lays the blame for the shoot down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 firmly on Russian president Vladimir Putin. The jetliner crashed in eastern Ukraine July 17 and is believed to have been [...]

Dutch Mourn Victims of Downed Malaysian Plane

Thousands of people lined the roads in the Netherlands on Wednesday, solemnly applauding the slow procession of 40 black hearses carrying the bodies of passengers killed when their passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Some threw [...]

MH17 Victims’ Remains Arrive in Netherlands

KYIV — The first of the caskets bearing the bodies of victims of the Malaysian airliner were flown to the Netherlands for identification.  At a short, solemn ceremony in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, Dutch diplomat Hans Docter addressed [...]

France Criticized for Warships Contract with Moscow

PARIS — France’s contract to sell a pair of Mistral aircraft carriers to Moscow has come under fire in recent months, as relations between the West and Russia have deteriorated over Ukraine.  Last month, President Barack Obama said [...]

Kremlin Official Calls Ukraine Authorities ‘West’s Henchmen’

A Kremlin official has accused Ukrainian authorities in Kyiv of being “henchmen,” acting on orders from the West. “The West’s henchman came to power [in February] and have now, in my opinion, lost some of their sovereignty,  independence [...]

UN Resolution Calls for Unrestricted Access to Ukraine Crash Site

The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet that killed all 298 aboard, and demanded that pro-Russian separatists controlling the crash site allow investigators unrestricted [...]

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