Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Nobody wants to put pressure on Kremlin over its shelling of Ukrainian troops

Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Nobody wants to put pressure on Kremlin over its shelling of Ukrainian troops

A Ukrainian serviceman walks on a bridge destroyed by pro-Russian militants in the village of Ilyichevka, not far Artemovsk, in the Donetsk region, on July 25, 2014. © AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOVA Ukrainian serviceman walks on a bridge destroyed by pro-Russian militants in the village of Ilyichevka, not far Artemovsk, in the Donetsk region, on July 25, 2014. © AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV

Kyiv Post Editor’s Note: To counter Russian propaganda lies about the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Feb. 27, Dmitry Tymchuk has set up the Center of Military and Political Research in…

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Statement: Poroshenko says 17 hostages released by Kremlin-backed insurgents in Horlivka, more than 150 remain captives

Statement: Poroshenko says 17 hostages released by Kremlin-backed insurgents in Horlivka, more than 150 remain captives

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko © AFPUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko. © AFP.

Editor’s Note: The following is a statement from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with mothers and women of the military, who were held captive by militants in Gorlivka. During a successful operation 17 hostages were released, and today arrived to Kyiv.

Telling the women happy news, the President said: «We…

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Obama Transcript: New US, EU sanctions ‘going to have a greater impact on the Russian economy than we’ve seen so far’

Obama Transcript: New US, EU sanctions ‘going to have a greater impact on the Russian economy than we’ve seen so far’

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on July 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM © AFPUS President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Ukraine on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on July 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM © AFP

Editor’s Note: The following is the transcript of U.S. President Barack Obama’s remarks on Ukraine on July 29.


U.S. President Barack Obama announces new sanctions…

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Australia: Qantas should be forced to stop flying over war zones, says union leader

Australia: Qantas should be forced to stop flying over war zones, says union leader

Australian Associated Press
Tony Sheldon says travellers have a right to know if their plane is travelling over a war zone. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAPTony Sheldon says travellers have a right to know if their plane is travelling over a war zone. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP.

The Abbott government must step in to reroute Qantas and other Australian flights away from conflict zones after the MH17 tragedy, a union leader says.

The national secretary of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Tony Sheldon, said travellers…

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#MH17: Abbott says Australia is unlikely to follow tougher US and EU sanctions

#MH17: Abbott says Australia is unlikely to follow tougher US and EU sanctions

 in Canberra
The assistant federal police commissioner Michael Outram briefing Tony Abbott. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAPThe assistant federal police commissioner Michael Outram briefing Tony Abbott. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

Australia is unlikely to follow the US and European Union in pursuing new sanctions against Russia as its focus remains on recovering the bodies of victims of the downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Tony Abbott played down the prospect of rapidly strengthening…

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Ukraine rebel chief Igor Bezler threatens to execute interviewer

Ukraine rebel chief Igor Bezler threatens to execute interviewer

Nicknamed the Demon, leader said to be behind the downing of MH17 ends rare interview after exploding into a rage and shouting: “Don’t think I won’t shoot you”!

 in Gorlovka
Igor Bezler, in green fatigues and without his walrus moustache, is at a briefing of policemen in Gorlovka. Photograph: Alexei KravtsoIgor Bezler, in green fatigues and without his walrus moustache, is at a briefing of policemen in Gorlovka. Photograph: Alexei Kravtsov.

With a walrus moustache, a fiery temper and a reputation for brutality, Igor…

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#MH17: Abbott and police frustrated over lack of access to plane crash site

#MH17: Abbott and police frustrated over lack of access to plane crash site

Australian Associated PressAustralian PM Abbott said it was a 'confused situation on the ground' but a third attempt would be made. Photograph: Gary Ramage/Newspix/REXAustralian PM Abbott said it was a ‘confused situation on the ground’ but a third attempt would be made. Photograph: Gary Ramage/Newspix/REX

Tony Abbott and police are frustrated with both the Ukraine government and pro-Russian militia over a lack of access to the MH17 crash site.

For the second day running an unarmed Australian and Dutch police contingent was forced to…

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The Belarusians fighting on both sides of the Ukraine conflict

The Belarusians fighting on both sides of the Ukraine conflict

‘Divisions over Belarus’s future are being played out in Ukraine, where some Belarusians are volunteering to fight for Kiev’s sovereignty, while others have joined the pro-Russian separatists. BelarusDigest reports’.

Vadzim Smok for BelarusDigest, part of the New East networkDebaltsevo in Ukraine's Donetsk region was shelled by Ukrainian government forces last week. Photograph: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/Itar-Tass Photo/CorbisDebaltsevo in Ukraine’s Donetsk region was shelled by Ukrainian government forces last week. Photograph: Dzhavakhadze…

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Pavlo Klimkin: The bitter lessons of #MH17

Pavlo Klimkin: The bitter lessons of #MH17

By Pavlo Klimkin.Debris lies at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine.Debris lies at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people in eastern Ukraine.

Editor’s note: Pavlo Klimkin is the Foreign Minister of Ukraine. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — During the last four months, the people of Ukraine have been fighting for their freedom, independence and European path in a war…

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Special Report: Where pro-Russian separatists get their weapons

Special Report: Where pro-Russian separatists get their weapons

By Thomas Grove and Warren Strobel.
Ukrainian servicemen stand near weapons, seized from pro-Russian separatists, near Slaviansk in this July 8, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich/FilesUkrainian servicemen stand near weapons, seized from pro-Russian separatists, near Slaviansk in this July 8, 2014 file photo. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich/Files

(Reuters) – On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.

According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in…

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Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: No doubt who shot down #MH17

Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: No doubt who shot down #MH17

Pro-Russian militants block the road behind Dutch and Australian forensic teams on their way to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 28, 2014 in Donetsk. © AFPPro-Russian militants block the road behind Dutch and Australian forensic teams on their way to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 28, 2014 in Donetsk. © AFP

Kyiv Post Editor’s Note: To counter Russian propaganda lies about the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Feb. 27, Dmitry Tymchuk has set up the Center of Military and Political Research in Kyiv. He…

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White House: More U.S. reconstruction aid to go to parts of eastern Ukraine

White House: More U.S. reconstruction aid to go to parts of eastern Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman walks on a bridge destroyed by pro-Russian militants in the village of Ilyichevka, not far Artemovsk, in the Donetsk region, on July 25, 2014. © AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOVA Ukrainian serviceman walks on a bridge destroyed by pro-Russian militants in the village of Ilyichevka, not far Artemovsk, in the Donetsk region, on July 25, 2014. © AFP PHOTO/ GENYA SAVILOV

(Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Monday that the United States would provide almost $7 million in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine,…

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