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  • Russia cuts gas supply to Ukraine

    Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.

    After weekend violence that included the loss of 49 troops in the downing of a Ukrainian plane, Russia said Kiev missed a deadline for a $1.95 billion debt payment and it would now only get gas paid for in advance. It insisted that Ukraine must also ensure that it lets Russian gas flow through its international pipelines to Moscow's clients in the European Union.

    Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for the failure to agree overnight on the price of future gas deliveries and refused to abandon well established positions: Russia offering a discount and Ukraine rejecting that as a tool for political manipulation.

    "Thanks to the unconstructive position of the Ukrainian government, today a prepayment system was introduced," Alexei Miller, the chief executive of Russian state exporter Gazprom, told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting at a government residence at Gorki, outside Moscow.

    He said Ukraine had "adopted a position that can only be called blackmail," adding: "They wanted an ultra-low price."

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  • Military plane shot down by rebels in east Ukraine, killing 49

    A Ukrainian military plane was shot down by rebels using an anti-aircraft missile Saturday, killing all 49 personnel on board and giving further evidence of an increasingly well-armed pro-Russian rebellion.

    Nine crew and 40 troops were aboard the plane when it went down on approach to an airport in the city of Luhansk, the Ukrainian prosecutor general's office said in a statement. On Saturday, armed separatists were seen inspecting the scorched wreckage in a field 12 miles south of Luhansk

    The incident is the latest that has raised concerns among Ukrainians and Western leaders about how rebels are gaining access to military equipment. Ukraine on Friday accused Russia of permitting three tanks to cross the border into east Ukraine to be used by rebels.

    On Friday, the U.S. State Department said it was “confident” that Russia was supplying military aid to the rebels

    “We assess that separatists in eastern Ukraine have acquired heavy weapons and military equipment from Russia, including Russian tanks and multiple rocket launchers,” Marie Harf, deputy spokeswoman for the State Department, said in a statement.

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  • Ukrainian presidential bodyguards have disposed of a powerful explosive device discovered near President Petro Poroshenko's headquarters, a security source said on Saturday.

    "The device was found during the night near the gate where presidential cars go in. It was a container with five grenades and a kilogram of metal nuts," said the source, who declined to be identified. "It was a really powerful device."

    The source gave no other details. The presidential administration did not immediately issue any statement.

    Poroshenko was sworn in last week after wining an election on May 25. His predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich, was ousted in February after protests in Kiev and the government is facing a rebellion by pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine.

    [Reuters]
  • Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko summoned his defense and security chiefs for consultations on Saturday after pro-Russian separatists shot down a military transport plane in east Ukraine, killing 49 people.

    "All those involved in cynical acts of terrorism of this magnitude must be punished. Ukraine needs peace. However, the terrorists will receive an adequate response," Poroshenko said in a statement released by his press service.

    [Reuters]
  • Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk ordered the energy sector to prepare for Russian gas cuts from Monday after Moscow and Kiev failed to resolve their differences over gas prices, raising fears of interruptions in gas flows to Europe.

    Moscow set Monday, June 16, as a deadline for Ukraine to pay off part of its gas debt of $1.95 billion.

    Yatseniuk also ordered the national regulator to revise transportation tariffs for Russian gas via Ukraine. Russia ships around a half of its gas exports to Europe through Ukraine, according to a government statement published on Friday.

    [Reuters]
  • NATO's Rasmussen says it would mark a serious escalation if it is confirmed that Russian tanks have entered Ukraine, Reuters reports.
  • Ukrainian forces retake rebel-held port city amid heavy fighting

    Ukrainian government forces were said to have retaken the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting on Friday and regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia.

    The advances would mark significant victories for Ukraine’s pro-European leadership, which is fighting to hold the former Soviet republic of 45 million together. An armed separatist rebellion began in east Ukraine in April, which many, including the U.S., have accused Russia of orchestrating.

    "At 10:34 a.m. the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.

    A ministry aide said the government forces stormed the rebels after they were surrounded and given 10 minutes to surrender. At least five separatists and two servicemen were killed in the battle before many of the rebels fled.

    Mariupol, which has changed hands several times in weeks of conflict, is strategically important because it lies on major roads from the southeastern border with Russia into the rest of Ukraine and steel is exported through the port.

    Regaining control of the long and winding frontier is also vital for the government because it accuses Moscow of allowing the rebels to bring tanks, other armored vehicles and guns across the porous border.

    Avakov said the government forces had won back control of a 75 mile stretch of the border that had fallen to the rebels, but it is not clear who controls other parts of the about 2,000-km frontier.

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  • Ukrainian forces have reclaimed a port city from the pro-Russian rebels, Reuters reports.

    From Reuters:

    Ukrainian government forces reclaimed the port city of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists in heavy fighting on Friday and said they had regained control of a long stretch of the border with Russia.


    The advances are significant victories for the pro-European leadership in a military operation to crush the armed separatist rebellion that began in east Ukraine in April and hold the former Soviet republic of 45 million together.


    "At 10:34 a.m. (0734 GMT) the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.


    A ministry aide said the government forces stormed the rebels after they were surrounded and given 10 minutes to surrender. At least five separatists and two servicemen were killed in the battle before many of the rebels fled.


    Mariupol, which has changed hands several times in weeks of conflict, is strategically important because it lies on major roads from the southeastern border with Russia into the rest of Ukraine and steel is exported through the port.


    Regaining control of the long and winding frontier is also vital for the government because it accuses Moscow of allowing the rebels to bring tanks, other armoured vehicles and guns across the porous border.


    Avakov said the government forces had won back control of a 120-km (75-mile) stretch of the border that had fallen to the rebels, but it is not clear who controls other parts of the about 2,000-km frontier.


    The rebels, who have taken over several towns and cities and want east Ukraine to become part of Russia, confirmed five of their fighters were killed in the fighting for Mariupol.


    Avakov said National Guard and Interior Ministry units were involved in the battle, as well as special forces.


    A Ukrainian defence analyst, Dmytro Tymchuk, said four Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 31 wounded in fighting in other parts of east Ukraine in the past 24 hours. The death toll is not known but several hundred people have been reported killed in clashes this year in Kiev and the east of the country.


  • According to a spokeswoman from the energy ministry, Russia has no plans to meet Ukraine and European Union officials for gas talks before the June 16 deadline for payments, Reuters reports.
  • Ukraine accuses Russia of letting rebels bring in tanks

    Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of allowing rebels to bring three tanks and other military vehicles across the border into country’s east to fight the Ukrainian army.

    Interior Minister Arseny Avakov stopped short of directly accusing Moscow of sending the tanks – but he made it clear that he held Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for failing to carry out a promise to tighten controls at the two countries’ border.

    The Interfax news agency quoted Avakov as saying that a "column" with armored vehicles crossed from Russia through border posts controlled by pro-Russian rebels near Dyakove village in eastern Ukraine.

    Evidence that Russia is sending in weapons or assisting the rebels militarily would further implicate Moscow in the uprising against Kiev's pro-Western leaders, despite Russia’s denials that it has played a role in weeks of fighting.

    Avakov said that vehicles including automobiles and armored personnel carriers crossed the border, and that three tanks went to the town of Snizhne about 25 miles from Dyakove. One remained there while two others left in the direction of the town of Horlivka and were engaged by the Ukrainian military, he said, adding that "part of this column has been destroyed" by Ukrainian forces.

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has discussed the situation with his defense and security chiefs, and then told Putin by phone that the situation was "unacceptable," Poroshenko’s spokesman said.

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  • According to a presidential spokesman, Ukrainian President Poroshenko told Russian President Putin that it was 'unacceptable' that thanks were allowed to enter Ukraine from Russia, Reuters reports.
  • According to ITAR-TASS, Ukrainian President Poroshenko has told Russian President Putin by phone about plans to resolve problems in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reports.
  • Rebels said they got tanks from warehouse storage. #Russia #Ukraine
  • Ukraine's interior minister accused Russia on Thursday of allowing three tanks and other military vehicles to cross the border into east Ukraine to help pro-Russian separatists there.

    Russia did not immediately respond to the accusations but Reuters correspondents saw three tanks in the border town of Snizhnye in east Ukraine.

    [Reuters]
  • According to Interfax, the CEO of Russian gas company Gazprom says the company will not extend the June 16 deadline for Ukraine to pay its gas debts and wants payment of $1.951 billion, Reuters reports.
  • Lavrov says fighters in E. Ukraine are ready for ceasefire, but Kiev must stop first.
  • Russia plans to submit a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council to put pressure on Ukraine to implement a "road map" to peace, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Thursday.

    The road map was drawn up by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in May to give impetus to a deal reached in Geneva by the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States to try to end the crisis in Ukraine.

    Lavrov accused Kiev of not abiding by the Geneva agreement or the road map and blamed it for the failure to end violence in east Ukraine, where the Ukrainian army is battling pro-Russian separatists who control several towns and cities.

    Russia has already submitted several draft resolutions on Ukraine to the Security Council which have been rejected.

    "We have assigned our (U.N.) envoy in New York, Vitaly Churkin, to submit a draft resolution to the Security Council on the situation in Ukraine," the state-run Itar-Tass news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

    "That is because the lack of any progress in the efforts to end the violence ... is causing growing concern," he said.

    Ukraine and its Western allies accuse Russia of fuelling the uprising in east Ukraine, but Moscow denies this. The separatist rebels have called on Russia to send in peacekeepers but Lavrov said their deployment was not warranted by the situation.

    [Reuters]
  • The White House has provided the following summary of Vice President Biden's phone call on Wednesday with Ukrainian President Poroshenko:

    Readout of the Vice President's Calls with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko


     


    The Vice President spoke both yesterday and again today with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko regarding the security situation in eastern Ukraine, where militants coming from Russian territory have taken control of parts of the Russian-Ukrainian border. The Vice President applauded President Poroshenko’s commitment to implementing the peace plan he presented in his inaugural address on June 7th, and underscored that de-escalation depends on Russia’s recognizing President Poroshenko as the legitimate leader of Ukraine, ceasing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and stopping the provision of arms and materiel across the border. President Poroshenko confirmed his offer that if the separatists disarmed and vacated the buildings they presently occupy, the Ukrainian government was prepared to grant amnesty within Ukraine or safe passage back to Russia. Finally, the Vice President expressed his strong support for the trilateral discussions between Ukraine, Russia and OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini.


  • Ukraine rejects Russia's gas deal

    Russia offered Wednesday to restore the discounted gas prices it granted Ukraine under ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, but Ukraine demanded an even better deal and called for arbitration to settle the dispute.

    Speaking in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was offering the discount as a "partnership deal." Russia's energy minister, Alexander Novak, specified the price offered as $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas.

    "We believe that our offer is more than in a partnership spirit, aimed to support the Ukrainian economy at a rather difficult time," Putin said in televised remarks. "But if our offers are rejected it means we will enter another stage. This is not our choice. We do not want it."

    Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan told Russian news agencies on Wednesday that Kiev found the deal unacceptable, and that said Ukraine was seeking a price lower than $385 per 1,000 cubic meters.

    Russia and Ukraine have been locked for months in a dispute over the price of Russian gas supplies and Ukraine's debt for previous deliveries. Moscow has threatened to turn off the tap if Ukraine fails to settle the multibillion-dollar debt, but repeatedly pushed back the deadline after Ukraine paid off part of the debt.

    The latest round, which began on a more positive note after Russian giant Gazprom extended to Monday a threatened gas cut-off, broke up with all three parties explaining their positions separately, highlighting continued deep differences.

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  • The European energy commissioner says Russia and Ukraine will try to make progress in gas talks in the next 48 hours, Reuters reports.
  • Ukraine's energy minister has rejected Russia's gas discounts and has called for a solution in court, The Associated Press reports.
  • Speaking from Brussels, the Russian energy minister says any future gas price talks between Russia and Ukraine are conditional on movement from Ukraine and there is no deal yet, Reuters reports.
  • British Prime Minister Cameron says it is 'hard to believe' Russia is not supplying pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine with hi-tech weapons, according to Reuters.
  • Russian President Putin says Ukraine is driving gas talks toward a dead-end by asking for additional gas price discounts, Reuters reports.

    Putin has instructed Russian Prime Minister Medvedev to formalize an export tax privilege for Ukraine gas supplies, according to Reuters.
  • According to RIA, which is citing the energy ministry, Russian gas company Gazprom and Russian energy ministry officials are heading to Brussels to continue talks on Ukraine gas supplies, Reuters reports.
  • Speaking from St. Petersburg, Polish Foreign Minister Sikorski said Russian President Putin's statement on respecting the result of Ukraine's presidential election was a step in the right direction, Reuters reports.

    Sikorski reportedly added that Russia should prevent fighters and weapons from crossing into Ukraine if it wants to help diffuse the current crisis.

    Addressing one of the biggest international policy concerns stemming from the crisis, Sikorski said the issue of Ukrainian membership in NATO is not on the agenda, according to Reuters. Russia has been vehemently opposed to such a move.
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday it was necessary to seek a ceasefire between government forces and separatists in Ukraine, and the start of nationwide talks on the country's future.

    "We are convinced - and our partners share this view, as far as I understand, that regardless of various interpretations of various events that have taken place during the Ukraine crisis, today it is indispensable to focus on the unconditional and immediate ceasefire and the start of dialogue," Lavrov told a news conference after meeting his German and Polish counterparts.

    [Reuters]
  • In an exclusive, TIME's Simon Shuster reports that Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine's new president, is seeking an 'understanding' with Russia.

    From TIME:

    In his first interview as President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko tells TIME that he has no choice but to keep Russia at the negotiating table, as no country is prepared to guarantee his country's security from further attack

    Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko wants to see Russia punished for what he calls the “tragedy” that befell his country this year. But even as Russia has annexed one region of Ukraine and encouraged a violent rebellion in two others, Ukraine does not have the option of breaking off ties with the Kremlin, Poroshenko told TIME in his first interview since taking office. His government has no choice but to seek “an understanding” with Russia, he says, even if for no other reason than the hard reality of Ukraine’s geography.

    “Maybe some Ukrainians would like to have Sweden or Canada for a neighbor, but we have Russia,” he said on Monday inside the Presidential Administration Building in Kiev, fidgeting with a set of rosary beads throughout the interview. “So we can’t talk about a firm sense of security without a dialogue and an understanding with Russia.” That is why Poroshenko spent the first full day of his tenure on Sunday in marathon talks with the Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov. Their positions remain miles apart, at best leaving Poroshenko room for “cautious optimism” for restoring civil relations with Russia, he said.


    But whatever progress they will make toward a cease-fire between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian rebels in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Poroshenko has no intention of making nice with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “To be honest, I’m not very interested in what Citizen Putin thinks of my state,” he said. If the Russian leader doubts Ukraine’s right to exist within its current borders, the best way to convince him otherwise is to build a powerful army and a thriving economy, Poroshenko said. “No one would allow himself to doubt the existence of small countries like Singapore,” the Ukrainian President said, “because when a country is strong, effective, comfortable, monolithic, such doubts would never enter anyone’s minds.


  • Ukrainian government sources claim to have repulsed mortar attacks from pro-Russian separatists, Reuters reports.

    From Reuters:

    Pro-Russian separatists attacked Ukrainian military checkpoints and other strategic points in eastern Ukraine overnight but they were beaten off with only minor casualties on the Ukrainian side, a government forces spokesman said on Tuesday.


    In a three-hour battle near the airport of Kramatorsk, rebels attacked the army with mortars but government forces returned fire, destroying their position and killing 40 "mercenaries", said the spokesman, Vladyslav Seleznyov.


    This figure could not be independently confirmed and there was no immediate word from the side of the separatists.


    In Slaviansk, just north of Kramatorsk, two Ukrainian soldiers were wounded when rebels, who control the city, attacked an army position on the perimeter using grenade-launchers.


    In Luhansk, on the border with Russia, separatist fighters opened fire on the airport and nearby Ukrainian army positions.


    "The attack of the (separatist) fighters was repelled by special force units. There are no losses on the Ukrainian side," said Seleznyov.


    Separatist rebellions broke out in Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine in April after street protests in the capital Kiev toppled a Moscow-backed president. Scores of separatists, members of government forces and civilians have been killed.


    Kiev has accused Moscow of fomenting the unrest and allowing mercenaries from Russia to cross the long border with consignments of arms to support the rebels. Moscow denies this.


  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on both Russia and Ukraine to better control their common border ahead of a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

    "(It is about ensuring) there is common border management in some form," said Steinmeier shortly before the meeting, which will also include Poland's foreign minister.

    Steinmeier added that the situation in eastern Ukraine must be stabilised and that it was important to ensure a substantial exchange develops between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's new President Petro Poroshenko.

    The two met briefly in France last week at a World War Two anniversary event.

    On Monday, Ukraine said it had reached a "mutual understanding" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country.

    The Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski emphasised his worries about the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    "We will explain to our Russian colleague the concern that we feel in the European Union at the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine," said Sikorski before the talks.

    Scores of people have been killed since April in eastern Ukraine, including separatists and government forces. But fighting has ebbed in the past few days despite renewed shelling of rebels in the city of Slaviansk.

    [Reuters]
  • Ukrainian border guards and Pro-Russia separatists are battling it out to control the country's border with Russia, Reuters reports.

    From Reuters: 

    Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro-Moscow separatists at any time.


    Last week they fought off an assault by up to 150 rebels seeking control over supply routes from Russia to bring in arms and other war materials, forcing them to abandon two armored personnel carriers strafed with machinegun fire.


    A weary border guard, wearing a camouflage T-shirt and a cap with a Ukrainian national emblem, said he feared the worst if the authorities in Kiev did not send help.


    "They told us to expect reinforcements. We're hoping for them soon," said the guard, who gave his name as Vadim. "They (the separatist rebels) drove around us in circles shooting for about four or five hours."


    An unexploded rocket-propelled grenade lay in the long grass 200 meters (yards) from the border post.


    Not all border guards have put up such a fight. Outgunned and outnumbered, they have fled one post after another in the week since the rebels took the border guards' headquarters in Luhansk, the region's main city.


    In an angry letter to the country's defense minister, frustrated Luhansk border guards wrote: "We, including eight among us wounded by bullets and grenades ... sincerely waited for help from you but it never came."


    Some of the rebel fighters, who hope to join territory in Russian-speaking east Ukraine with Russia, say they are already able to navigate the border with impunity.


    "We need guns, we need supplies from Russia," said a tired-looking rebel, smoking pungent cigarettes in a cafe in the city of Donetsk. He asked not to be identified, fearing punishment if his side loses the conflict.


    Ukraine's inability to police parts of its own border underscores the military weaknesses President Petro Poroshenko has to deal with as he tries to end the insurrection that began after his Moscow-leaning predecessor was toppled in February.


    His promise to regain Crimea, annexed by Russia in March, also puts him at loggerheads with President Vladimir Putin, complicating dealings with Moscow to plug the power vacuum at the border where Kiev says Russia gives rebels a green light.


    "The border can't be closed in a day, and without that the anti-terrorist operation (against the separatists) could continue endlessly," Ukrainian military expert Dmitry Tymchuk wrote on his Facebook page.


  • According to Interfax, which is citing the deputy foreign minister, Russia would see NATO's increasing presence near its borders as a demonstration of 'hostile intentions,' Reuters reports.
  • 'Russian Orthodox Army' commander: "I can't understand why people aren't rising up in other parts of south/east, like Dnep'trovsk & Odessa"
  • According to the European Commission, Russian, Ukraine and the European Union are scheduled to hold another round of trilateral gas talks on June 9 in Brussels, Reuters reports.

  • Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko shows the presidential seal during his inauguration ceremony in the parliament hall in Kiev on June 7, 2014 (Anastasia Sirotkina/Reuters)


  • Vice President Biden ditched the motorcade and opted to walk with Senator McCain to an inaugural reception in Kiev. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BphwAj1IYAAerl_.jpg

  • Putin tells the FSB to shut down the border traffic that's been causing havoc in Ukraine
  • Ukraine has a new president — one who is intent on keeping Crimea as part of Ukraine, Reuters reports.

    From Reuters:

    Ukraine's new president Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its course towards closer ties with Europe, spelling out a combative and defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech on Saturday.


    The 48-year-old billionaire took the oath of office before parliament, buoyed by Western support but facing an immediate crisis in relations with Russia as a separatist uprising seethes in the east of his country.


    Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in March, weeks after street protests ousted Poroshenko's pro-Moscow predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich, in a move that has provoked the deepest crisis in relations with the West since the Cold War.


    "Citizens of Ukraine will never enjoy the beauty of peace unless we settle our relations with Russia. Russia occupied Crimea, which was, is, and will be Ukrainian soil," Poroshenko said in a speech that drew a standing ovation.


    He had told this to Russia's Vladimir Putin when the two met on Friday at a World War Two anniversary ceremony in France, he said.


    Poroshenko, who earned his fortune as a confectionery entrepreneur and is known locally as the "Chocolate King", said he intended very soon to sign the economic part of an association agreement with the European Union, as a first step towards full membership.


    This idea is anathema to Moscow, which wants to keep Ukraine in its own post-Soviet sphere of influence.

    His voice swelling with emotion, Poroshenko stressed the need for a united Ukraine and the importance of ending the conflict that threatens to further split the country of 45 million people. He said it would not become a looser federalized state, as advocated by Russia.


    "There can be no trade-off about Crimea and about the European choice and about the governmental system. All other things can be negotiated and discussed at the negotiation table. Any attempts at internal or external enslavement of Ukraine will meet with resolute resistance," Poroshenko said.


    Poroshenko, Ukraine's fifth president since independence, won a landslide election on May 25 after promising to bridge the east-west divide that has split the country and thrust it into a battle for its survival.


    Ukrainians hope the election of Poroshenko, who is married with four children, will bring an end to the most tumultuous period in their post-Soviet history.


    More than 100 people were shot dead by police in Kiev by police in the street protests that eventually brought Yanukovich down and in the east, scores of people, including separatist fighters and government forces have been killed in fighting since April.


    The uprising in the east is not the only challenge facing Poroshenko, who inherits a country on the verge of bankruptcy, still dependent on Russia for natural gas and rated by watchdogs as one of the most corrupt and ill-governed states in Europe.



    Following Poroshenko's inauguration, which Vice President Biden attended, Russian agencies reported Russian President Putin gave the order to the FSB security service to strengthen the protection of the border with Ukraine, Reuters reported a little after 7 a.m. ET on Saturday.
  • Looks like Biden just arrived for #Poroshenko swearing in with...uh, plenty of protection. #Ukraine #Kiev
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