Tag Archive | Conflict

Donetsk self-defense forces give Kiev troops 24 hours to withdraw

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Slavyansk self defense forces at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Slavyansk. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

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400 US mercenaries ‘deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op

400 US mercenaries deployed on ground in Ukraine military op

Ukrainian troops outside the town of Andreyevskoe near Slaviyansk, Donetsk Region, where local residents blocked a column of Ukrainian Army armored personnel carriers. (RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

 Published time: May 11, 2014 15:04

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US troops arrive in Poland, Latvia for drills amid rising tensions over Ukraine

US troops arrive in Poland, Latvia for drills amid rising tensions over Ukraine

First company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)

First company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014 (Reuters / Kacper Pempel)

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Kiev intensifies military op in Eastern Ukraine

Kiev intensifies military op in Eastern Ukraine

People stand in a line to receive ballots from members (front) of a local election commission during the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol May 11, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

People stand in a line to receive ballots from members (front) of a local election commission during the referendum on the status of Donetsk region in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol May 11, 2014. (Reuters / Marko Djurica)

As Ukraine’s Donetsk and Lugansk regions hold pro-autonomy referendums, the coup-imposed authorities in Kiev are continuing their crackdown on anti-government activists. The unrest in the country’s southeast has already resulted in dozens of deaths.

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Russia ‘forced’ to launch military drills near border in response to Ukraine op

Russia ‘forced’ to launch military drills near border in response to Ukraine op

Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (Reuters / Michael Klimentyev)

Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu (Reuters / Michael Klimentyev)

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Self-defense forces detain intl military observers in eastern Ukraine

Self-defense forces detain intl military observers in eastern Ukraine

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Federalization supporters on guard at the checkpoint near Bylbyshovka village in the Slaviansk vicinity.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Anti-government activists in Slavyansk have detained military observers who had been traveling with the OSCE mission. The OSCE dismissed the claim of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry that its mission has been detained in Slavyansk.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Friday said that an international military mission has been detained in eastern Ukrainian Donetsk region but the group is not connected to the OSCE observers.

The detained team is “not OSCE monitors” but was sent by OSCE member states in accordance with the 2011 Vienna Document on military transparency, the organization explained on Twitter.