Ukraine plans to conduct missile test launches near the border with Russian-occupied Crimea this week amid threats from Moscow that it will launch a military strike in retaliation.
Two Russian soldiers have been detained by Ukrainian security services near the border with Crimea.
President Obama and leaders of the European Union agreed on Friday to retain sanctions against Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine.
Russia is working to resurrect a number of Soviet-built military facilities in Crimea that were used during the Cold War as a defense against naval attacks, Reuters reported Tuesday.
British spy agency MI5 has hired hundreds of additional agents to prepare the United Kingdom amid a growing threat from Russia, the service’s director general told the Guardian in an interview published Tuesday.
Hacked emails connected to Vladislav Surkov, a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who has been sanctioned for his role in the Ukraine crisis, show that the Kremlin official kept in contact with separatists during the time that Russia annexed Crimea.
Ukrainian businessman and major Clinton Foundation donor Victor Pinchuk sought a meeting with Bill Clinton last year over the situation in Ukraine, newly released emails show.
An investigation led by the Netherlands concluded that the surface-to-air missile system that downed a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago came from Russia and was brought into Ukraine at a request from Moscow-backed separatists.
Russia has stoked conflict in Ukraine and conducted unannounced military drills in recent weeks, displaying increased aggression ahead of a key economic summit in China where Vladimir Putin will meet with western leaders who have been unable to deter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday said that it expanded sanctions on Russia for its activities related to the conflict in Ukraine.