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    Pro-Moscow rebels force Ukraine retreat in battle for key airport stronghold
    Jan22

    Pro-Moscow rebels force Ukraine retreat in battle for key airport stronghold

    MOSCOW— The Ukrainian army retreated Thursday from key strongholds at the Donetsk airport, an epicenter of fighting in the country’s conflict-battered eastern region, handing a symbolic gain to pro-Russian rebels amid a surge of violence that threatens to further unravel peace efforts.Read full article >> …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east
    Jan22

    Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A mortar shell hit a bus Thursday in the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk, killing at least 13 people, the city’s leader said. It was not immediately clear which side was responsible for the attack, but angry residents punched and kicked a captured soldier dragged to the scene by the rebels. …read more...

    Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east
    Jan22

    Ukraine bus attack kills 13, dashes peace hopes for east

    SOKILNYKY, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after a new peace initiative for Ukraine began taking shape, mortar shells rained down Thursday on the center of the main rebel-held city in the east, killing at least 13 people at a bus stop. The deaths in Donetsk sparked wrath and grief that was swiftly exploited by pro-Russian rebel leaders, who paraded captive...

    Ukraine Army Retreats From Destroyed Donetsk Airport, Soldiers Captured
    Jan22

    Ukraine Army Retreats From Destroyed Donetsk Airport, Soldiers Captured

    After months of defending Donetsk International Airport from pro-Russian separatist attacks, the Ukrainian government confirmed Thursday that the army has retreated from the now-destroyed main terminal. However, acting speaker of the General Staff of Ukraine Vladyslav Selezniov said that some of the buildings inside the airport remain “under the...

    Donetsk Bus Hit By Mortar As Ukrainian Forces Lose Control Of Airport
    Jan22

    Donetsk Bus Hit By Mortar As Ukrainian Forces Lose Control Of Airport

    A new attempt to create a lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine was left in tatters in just a matter of hours, after a trolleybus in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk was apparently hit by mortar fire. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    Civilians Killed as Shell Hits Bus in Donetsk
    Jan22

    Civilians Killed as Shell Hits Bus in Donetsk

    The war in Ukraine continued in bloody fashion today as government forces retreated from key parts of Donetsk airport and a mortar shell hit a public bus, leaving several civilians dead. There were conflicting reports on the number of those killed on the bus, but estimates range between eight and 13. It is currently unclear who fired the shell,...

    Ukraine leader says pro-Russia rebels paid ‘high price’ for attacks
    Jan22

    Ukraine leader says pro-Russia rebels paid ‘high price’ for attacks

    Kiev (AFP) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that pro-Russian rebels had paid a “high price” for their escalating attacks on government forces across the separatist east.”Our enemy paid a high price for its opportunistic attacks on our armed forces,” his office quoted Poroshenko as telling an...

    These Are The Weapons That Russia Is Pouring Into Eastern Ukraine
    Jan22

    These Are The Weapons That Russia Is Pouring Into Eastern Ukraine

    As Russian military supplies continue to enter Ukraine, it becomes harder by the day for Putin to deny that Moscow is providing arms to the separatists. In fact Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the US Army’s top commander in Europe, says that Russian support for separatists has “doubled” since reached a tentative ceasefire. “When you...

    U.S. to sending training units to Ukraine
    Jan22

    U.S. to sending training units to Ukraine

    American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, writes Paul McLeary of Defense News. The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L’viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however, Paul McLeary of...

    Ukraine Asks IMF for New Rescue Package
    Jan22

    Ukraine Asks IMF for New Rescue Package

    Ukraine has asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a new and broader bailout package and will attempt to renegotiate its debt with bond holders. IMF chief Christine Lagarde announced the request made by Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday after a meeting the two had on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos,...