Ukraine Peace Talks Aborted as Civilians Die in East

A man walks past a shop which was recently damaged by shelling, at a local market in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, January 29, 2015

DONETSK, Ukraine/MINSK (Reuters) – Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

This Is What a Grassroots Army Looks Like


KYIV—It is quarter to midnight on the last night of 2014, and the mass of people pouring out of the Metro station near Sophia Square in the Ukrainian capital is so colorfully adorned it is almost unsettling. One of the more jarring aspects of Kyiv, for a first-time visitor like myself, is the strict black/gray monotony of local dress. On this night, though, the streets are filled with blue and yellow.

Inside the Ring: Russians Advance on Ukraine

A pro-Russian armored vehicle moves toward Slovyanoserbsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Russian military forces are crossing into eastern Ukraine in larger numbers, according to Phillip A. Karber, a Georgetown University professor currently on a fact-finding tour of the region.

Eight Civilians Killed in Shelling of Ukraine Trolleybus

A man looks at a burnt car near a trolleybus stop in Donetsk, January 22, 2015

KIEV (Reuters) – An artillery shell or mortar struck a public transport stop in the rebel-controlled city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least eight civilians in an incident which both sides blamed on the other.