Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian insurgents over control of a strategic airport in the restive east Friday and traded blame over the death of a Swiss aid worker, four weeks into their shaky truce.
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Ukraine crisis looms large over Latvia’s parliamentary election on Saturday as the Baltic country worries over how best to deal with resurgent neighbor Russia. Here’s a look at some of the key issues for the nation of 2 million:
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he hoped Ukraine’s parliamentary election on Oct. 26 would help bring stability to country. He told an investment summit that economic and political stability in Ukraine was in Russia’s interests, and that he regarded the former Soviet republic as Russia’s “most brotherly” nation. Russia wanted a “predictable” and “reliable” relationship with Ukraine, he said. (Writing by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Rebels in eastern Ukraine appeared to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport in Donetsk Wednesday, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region.
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, city authorities and Reuters witnesses said. There were no children among those killed in the shelling at School No. 57 on the first day of the new school year, though witnesses said the dead included a biology teacher and the parent of a child at the school. Reuters correspondents saw the bodies of three adults at the school and an additional six bodies in a burnt-out mini-van and on streets nearby. … …read more
By Marko Djurica and Maria Tsvetkova YASYNUVATA Ukraine (Reuters) – With his face hidden behind a camouflage balaclava and an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, “Hunter” looks like other separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine. What distinguishes him from his brothers in arms in the Vostok (East) battalion, an irregular pro-Russian militia fighting government forces, is his American accent – and English is the only language he knows. “I’m an American. I joined an independence movement,” said Hunter, flashing a U.S. passport as proof of his nationality. …
Snizhne (Ukraine) (AFP) – The Savur-Mohyla memorial in east Ukraine, commemorating thousands of Russian and German soldiers who perished in World War II, stood for decades as testament to the strategic hill’s bloodstained history.