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  • Battle-hit Ukraine village picks up the pieces

    HRABSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Alexander Bespalko and his son lifted parts from a burned-out Ukrainian armored personnel carrier in a village ravaged by the past week's battles. With homes destroyed and livelihoods lost, residents in the village of Hrabske must scrape for a living and at least scrap...

  • Poland's PM: Ukraine's war must be stopped now

    GDANSK, Poland (AP) — The outbreak of World War II 75 years ago shows why Europe must put an end to the war in Ukraine now, Poland's prime minister said Monday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, chosen by EU leaders to be the next president of the European Council, spoke at the Westerplatte peninsula...

  • Euro weighed down by soft economic data, Ukraine

    LONDON (AP) — The euro fell to a near one-year low against the dollar in the wake of soft European economic data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine. Europe's single currency fell to a low of $1.3119 after a survey Monday showed that the manufacturing sector across the 18-nation eurozone...

  • Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels...

  • Dianne Feinstein: More sanctions might not work against Russia

    After President Obama suggested this week that the U.S. might impose further sanctions against Russia for its latest incursion into Ukraine, Democrats still aren't fully bought in to the idea.

  • Sen. Bob Menendez: Arm Ukrainians to fight Russia

    "The European Union, NATO, as well as the U.S., have to consider that this is dramatically different, and we need to give Ukrainian forces the resources to fight for themselves," the New Jersey Dem said on CNN.

  • EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away. Instead, the 28-nation bloc's heads of state and government tasked their executive body to...

  • Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) — As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter. "Why didn't you say before that you were alive? Why so quiet?" the rebel taunted. Minutes later, the Ukrainian...

  • Ukrainian civilian plane crashes in Algeria

    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A Ukrainian civilian cargo plane crashed in the mountains near the far southern desert city of Tamanrasset in the early hours of the morning Saturday, reported the state news agency. The Antonov An-12 carrying seven crew members was on its way to Equatorial Guinea when...

  • Zogby Report Card: Extra credit on Syria and for tan suit

    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that President Obama should get extra credit for slowly, thoughtfully, developing a strategy in Syria -- and wearing a tan suit in his press briefing.

  • While Obama is distracted by ISIS, Russia and China pounce

    The cascade of crises is leading some to ask if the president is becoming predictable to adversaries such as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Russian-backed rebels aim to push west along coast

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Their tanks bearing the flag of their would-be state, Russian-backed separatists held control Friday over this coastal town on the new front in the Ukraine conflict and announced their intention to keep pushing west toward a major port city. None of the half-dozen...

  • Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers

    MOSCOW (AP) — The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border. "He was vague in a way that was very unusual, and it was hard for all of them to...

  • EU ministers call for new sanctions against Russia

    MILAN (AP) — Several European Union foreign ministers on Friday accused Russia of invading eastern Ukraine and said Moscow should be punished with additional economic sanctions. The meeting of the 28-nation bloc's top diplomats in Milan came one day after NATO said Moscow slipped at least 1,000...

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of sending in tanks, armor

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had "outright lied" about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as...



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